Marquette Set for Showdown with DePaul on Saturday
Feb. 26, 2016
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team is set to close its regular season slate this Saturday, Feb. 27, when the squad welcomes 2015-16 BIG EAST regular season champions, No. 19/21 DePaul to the Al McGuire Center for a 5:00 p.m. Central time showdown.
The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Patrick Reed and Kyle Dlabay calling the action.
The game will be the second of a Marquette doubleheader as the men's squad takes on No. 1 Villanova at 1 p.m. CT. Any fan that shows their men's ticket will receive free admission to the women's game.
The National Marquette Day matchup with the Blue Demons is riddled with post season implications, as much of the seeding for the 2016 BIG EAST Conference tournament (March 5-8) is yet to be determined. With a 9-8 mark in league play, the Golden Eagles currently sit fifth on the conference ladder, 1.5 games behind the trio Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova (all 10-6) who are vying for second place. Meanwhile, MU owns a half game lead on sixth place Xavier (8-8) and a 1.5 game edge on Georgetown and Creighton (both 7-9) who are tied for seventh. Heading into the final weekend of play, only DePaul (first), Butler (ninth) and Providence (tenth) are locked into their seeds.
Coming off a 1-1 road trip last weekend, the Golden Eagles will look to conclude their schedule on a high note, by earning a victory at home over a ranked opponent. MU has proven themselves to be difficult to beat at home this season, as the team has reeled off nine of ten and seven consecutive victories at the Al, after dropping their first two home contests of the season.
With the victory over Providence on Sunday, Marquette secured its second BIG EAST road win of the season. In the comeback win at PC, each MU starter netted double figures as forward Erika Davenport led the way, pouring in a career-high 22 points, and grabbing nine boards, earning herself a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in the process. Guard Allazia Blockton followed Davenport's suit, racking up 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, while junior and team captain McKayla Yentz also made a huge impact for the Golden Eagles, picking up her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards.
Behind her 18-point performance against the Friars, Blockton will need just 15 points in the season finale to eclipse the BIG EAST freshman scoring record of 335 points, set by PC's Kerri Chatten in the 1994-95 season. Blockton's backcourt partner, Natisha Hiedeman is also on record watch, as the Green Bay, Wis., native is looking to become just the second freshman in MU history to reach the 400-point plateau. The sweet-shooting lefty is currently 11 points shy of the milestone with 389, and has averaged 13.9 ppg in 28 games this season.
The No. 19/21 Blue Demons enter the matchup with Marquette clicking on all cylinders, having won each of their eight BIG EAST road game this season, and claiming victories in their last seven games overall. Seniors Chanise Jenkins and Megan Podkowa pace DePaul offensively, as Jenkins averages 15.2 ppg and 5.2 apg, while Podkowa has demonstrated efficient shooting all season, netting 14.6 ppg on 57.0% (175-307) from the field and a BIG EAST leading 49.0% (48-98) from downtown.
Following the game with DePaul, Marquette will have a week to rest before heading to Chicago, Ill., to compete in the 2016 BIG EAST Conference Tournament. Depending on seeding, the Golden Eagles' first tournament matchup will take place on either Saturday March 5, or Sunday March 6. Opponents and tip-off times are currently TBA.
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