Marquette Hosts DePaul Sunday on FS2
Feb. 17, 2017
MILWAUKEE- After sweeping a pivotal two-game road trip over the weekend, the Marquette University women's basketball team is set to return to the Al McGuire Center on Sunday, Feb. 19, for a 1:00 p.m. Central time showdown with the first-place No. 17/15 DePaul Blue Demons.
Sunday's game will air live on FS2 nationally with Brandon Gaudin and Sarah Kustok on the call, while Sarah Gorden will be the sideline reporter.
Sunday marks the Golden Eagles' annual Play4Kay breast cancer awareness pink game and MU will be offering a $10 t-shirt and ticket combo. Fans interested can go to http://go.mu.edu/2lo5SWk to order. For fans wearing pink a buy one, get one free admission will be offered. Pink Chuck-a-Duck will make a halftime return and the freshmen class will be available post-game for autographs. In addition, as part of alumni weekend, former Marquette women's basketball player will be recognized during the game.
Marquette (19-7, 10-5) has returned to its winning ways in the month of February, claiming three of their last four contests and averaging 83.2 points per game during that span after dropping a pair of games to close out January. The squad is one win away from producing its first 20-win campaign since the 2013-14 season.
Sophomore Allazia Blockton continues to lead the charge for the Golden Eagles, and currently leads the league in scoring with 17.5 points per contest. The Milwaukee native was able to etch her name into the Marquette history books with her performance in Sunday's 86-71 win at Xavier, as the guard became the youngest player in program history to reach the 1,000 point scoring mark. For her efforts, Blockton was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
DePaul (22-5, 14-1) enters the contest with MU having rattled off six consecutive wins following a pair of convincing weekend triumphs over Xavier and Butler. Playing a huge role in the victories for DPU was guard Brooke Schulte, as the senior was tabbed BIG EAST Player of the Week for the league-best fifth time this season. Schulte, who trails only Blockton in conference scoring, amassed 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists on .519 shooting for the weekend.
The six game win-streak for the Blue Demons comes on the heels of the team's only conference defeat of the season, a 102-101 (OT) loss to the Golden Eagles in the initial meeting between the two sides in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 21.
Sophomore Dani King proved to be the difference for MU in the game, as she netted a team-high 27 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds in 45 minutes played. Erika Davenport also made her presence felt, as she buried the go-ahead bucket for Marquette, a lay-up with 59 seconds to play in overtime. Schulte led all scorers with an astounding 35 point effort on just 22 FGA, while DePaul forward Jacqui Grant also provided a punch, notching a double-double with 27 points and 17 rebounds.
The contest with DePaul will be the first of a three game home stand for the Golden Eagles, which also features a 7 p.m. CT meeting with Georgetown on Feb. 24, as well as the squad's regular season finale vs. Villanova on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. CT.
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