Allazia Blockton is BIG EAST Player of the Year
Feb. 28, 2018
NEW YORK – Marquette University women’s basketball junior guard Allazia Blockton has been selected as BIG EAST Player of the Year, the first Golden Eagle to earn the honor, while head coach Carolyn Kieger was selected as BIG EAST Co-Coach of the Year in her fourth season. She shares the award with Villanova’s Harry Perretta, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Along with the league’s top honor, Blockton was a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-straight season, while classmate Erika Davenport earned her second-straight All-BIG EAST Second Team honor. Fellow junior Amani Wilborn earns her first career All-BIG EAST award as she was tabbed on the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention squad.
Blockton’s award comes on the heels of being named BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete on Tuesday, becoming just the seventh player in conference history to earn Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year accolades in the same season. Previous dual-winners include Maya Moore, Ruth Riley, Jennifer Rizzotti and Rebecca Lobo. DePaul’s Brooke Schulte and Brittany Hrynko achieved the feat in 2017 and 2015, respectively.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native was the first Marquette player to earn the league scoring title, averaging 19.2 points over 18 league contests. She shot 54.5 percent from the field to rank third in the conference in the category and tops among guards, while shooting 84.0 percent from the free-throw line. Blockton has five double-doubles this season and a BIG EAST-leading 13 20-point games.
In just her fourth season at the helm of the Golden Eagles, Kieger has turned Marquette into one of the top programs in the BIG EAST. MU claimed its first BIG EAST Tournament title in 2017 and earned its first regular season crown this year. The Golden Eagles have put together back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time since 2006-08 and their league record of 15-3 marks the most BIG EAST victories in program history. Marquette enters postseason play on a six-game winning streak.
Davenport earns her second all-league honor in her career after averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in BIG EAST play. She ranked fourth in the league, shooting 52.3 percent from the floor in BIG EAST games, and seventh with 1.6 steals per contest.
Wilborn earns her first All-BIG EAST award after being selected to the honorable mention squad. Last season’s BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player tallied 12.8 points per game in league play, ranked ninth in the conference shooting 47.7 percent from the field and ranked sixth dishing out 3.9 assists per game.
As the BIG EAST Tournament No. 1 seed, Marquette will begin its title defense on Sunday, March 4 against the winner of No. 8 Butler and No. 9 Providence at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Tip-off is slated for Noon CT on FS2.
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