Marquette Hosts St. John's Sunday Afternoon
Feb. 4, 2017
MILWAUKEE- After opening the weekend home stand with a convincing victory over Seton Hall on Friday afternoon, the Marquette University women's basketball team will look to protect home court once again on Sunday, as the squad welcomes St. John's to the Al for a 1 p.m. Central time tilt.
The game will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Patrick Reed and Kyle Dlabay calling the action from the sidelines of the Al McGuire Center.
Head to the Al before the `Big Game' to take part in "Soup"er Bowl Sunday at the Al. The first 250 fans in the arena get a Marquette soup bowl, and there will also be a special on 3-Bean Chili at the concession stands. In addition, all fans that brings in two non-perishable food items to donate will receive a free general admission ticket.
The Golden Eagles (17-6, 8-4) responded positively to consecutive losses last week, putting a 103-60 drubbing on the Pirates to get back on the winning track. The 43-point difference was the greatest margin of victory MU has posted in a BIG EAST game this season, and is the second-widest spread the Blue and Gold has produced this season (11/11/16 vs. Longwood).
Despite 16 and 15 point efforts from Allazia Blockton and Danielle King, respectively, it was freshman Isabelle Spingola who paced the Marquette offense in the match-up with Seton Hall. The Chicago, Illinois native notched a career-best 21 points in 18 minutes played in the victory, behind 8-of-9 shooting from the field and a scorching 5-for-6 performance from downtown.
In total, six Golden Eagles netted double-figure points on the afternoon, while MU also owned the glass in the contest, out-rebounding The Hall 42-23.
Sunday's action will mark the second meeting between Marquette and the Red Storm on the campaign, as St. John's (15-8, 7-5) claimed the initial battle between the two sides at Carnesseca Arena in New York, 70-64. The SJU defense was on full display that evening, as the Johnnies limited MU to a chilly 29.7 percent from the field, and forced multiple scoring droughts in the process.
The Golden Eagles will look to seek revenge on the Red Storm, as the two sides sit neck-and-neck in the current BIG EAST standings. Blockton, the conference's leading scorer and reigning Freshman of the Year, figures to play a key role in head coach Carolyn Kieger's offensive attack, as the Milwaukee native dropped a team-best 20 points against SJU in January.
St. John's will undoubtedly look to feed forward Jade Walker on the offensive end, as the senior dropped a game-high and career-best 32 points in her team's victory over MU last month. Keeping fellow senior Aaliyah Lewis in check will also be paramount for the Golden Eagles. The guard tops the BIG EAST in assists, averaging 6.3 helpers per game, and dished out 10 as a part of a double-double (21 points) in her last effort against Marquette.
Following the contest with the Red Storm, Marquette will embark on its final road trip of the season, when the crew heads to Indianapolis, on Friday, Feb. 10th, for a 6 p.m. CT showdown with the Butler Bulldogs.
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