MU Opens Final Road Trip at Creighton Friday

Shantelle Valentine
Feb. 18, 2016

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team is set to venture on its final road trip of the regular season, beginning with a 7:05 p.m. Central time showdown against Creighton on Friday Feb. 19 at D.J. Sokol Arena.

The match-up will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Brad Burwell and Rob Simms calling the action.

Behind a pair of impressive performances from freshman phenom Allazia Blockton, Marquette was able to sweep a two-game home stand at the Al McGuire Center this past weekend, picking up victories over Butler and Xavier. Blockton's efforts landed her a pair of conference accolades, as she was named BIG EAST Freshman of the week for a league-best seventh time, and earned her first BIG EAST Player of the Week accolade, the league office announced Monday. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native averaged 19.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over the two game stretch.

The Last Meeting
January 24, 2016
Al McGuire Center
Golden Eagles Top Creighton, 79-72
In a back and forth affair, the Golden Eagles used strong scoring efforts from their freshmen as Allazia Blockton (21), Natisha Hiedeman (17), Erika Davenport (16), and Amani Wilborn (13) all netted double figures to pace Marquette's offensive attack.

On the weekend, Blockton picked up a pair of double-doubles, extending her season total to a BIG EAST leading 10. The guard also notched her 10th double-digit rebounding game of the season, and netted better than 20 points for the 13th time, marks which also lead the BIG EAST. Additionally, after setting the Marquette record for points scored in a freshman season this January, Blockton is now just 44 points shy of Kerri Chatten's BIG EAST scoring record of 528 points, which has stood since the 1994-95 season.

In addition to Blockton, the Golden Eagles received solid production out of fellow freshman Natisha Hiedeman against Butler and Xavier. Against BU, Hiedeman potted her 56th three-pointer of the season, setting her in sole possession of the Marquette record for threes made by a player in her freshman campaign, besting Arlesia Morse's record which had stood since 2011-12. The Green Bay, Wis., native posted averages of 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in the MU triumphs.

In January's contest between the Golden Eagles and Bluejays, Marquette emerged victors, downing CU 79-72 at the Al behind a balanced MU scoring effort which featured four Golden Eagles netting double figures. Marquette shot the ball well throughout the game, hitting 45.6% (31-68) from the field.

Creighton will look to avenge their loss behind leading scorer Audrey Faber, who averages 13.5 points per game on 42.7% from the field and 42.4% from deep, but was held to just 5 points on 2-13 shooting in the first matchup. Guard MC McGrory is also a player to watch for the Bluejays, as the junior averages 11.7 ppg and 4.0 rpg and recorded 18 points in the initial meeting.

After the contest with Creighton, MU will head to Providence on Sunday for a noon, C.T. tilt with the Friars, which can also be seen live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.




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