Marquette Hosts Seton Hall in Friday Matinee
Feb. 2, 2017
MILWAUKEE--After dropping a pair of road contests over the weekend, the Marquette University women's basketball team will look to get back on track this week as the squad welcomes Seton Hall to the Al McGuire Center for an 11:30 a.m., Central time matinee on Friday, Feb. 3rd.
The game, which will air live on FS Wisconsin and the BIG EAST Digital Network, is Marquette's first-ever Catholic Schools' Day, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Archdiocese, with thousands of area students expected to pack the Al.
Despite losses at Providence and Creighton, the Golden Eagles (16-6, 7-4) remain in third place in the BIG EAST standings with plenty of opportunities to advance their positioning as the conference schedule moves towards its conclusion.
Against the Bluejays, sophomore Allazia Blockton posted her third double-double of the campaign, recording a game-high 25 points and 11 boards to accompany a pair of assists. In total, four Golden Eagles netted double-figure scoring efforts, including Danielle King (14 pts, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Amani Wilborn (10 pts, 3 rebounds), and Natisha Hiedeman (10 points, 5 boards, 3 assists).
In the first match-up with Seton Hall, Marquette proved victorious, claiming an 83-77 decision over the Pirates in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 10th. MU consistently used the three-point shot as a weapon in the initial meeting between the two sides, sinking a season-best 14 treys on the evening. Hiedeman and senior McKayla Yentz paced the Blue and Gold offensively in the contest, as the duo combined for 47 points, and 12 made three-pointers.
Offensive execution will continue to be a point of emphasis for the Golden Eagles when they meet SHU again, as the Pirates currently possess the BIG EAST's worst scoring defense, allowing 70.8 ppg. Additionally, controlling the glass will be of utmost importance for MU, as Seton Hall struggles on the boards, allowing their opponents to grab a league-high 42.4 defensive rebounds per game. Sophomore Erika Davenport pulled-in a game-high eight rebounds in the showdown at SHU, and will figure to play an important role in Friday's contest.
Seton Hall (11-11, 4-7) enters the game with Marquette after winning a thriller at home against Butler. Freshman Kaela Hilaire floated home the game-winner with 1.9 to play to lift the Pirates over BU and snap a season-long four game losing skid. Throughout the season, the Pirates offense has been paced by junior guard JaQuan Jackson, who currently boasts the league's 4th best scoring total, averaging 15.4 ppg.
Following the meeting with Seton Hall, the Golden Eagles will welcome St. John's to the Al McGuire center on Sunday, Feb. 5th, for a 1:00 p.m. C.T. showdown.
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