Marquette Travels to Northern Kentucky Saturday
Nov. 19, 2015
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team will continue its non-conference schedule and open its second road trip of the young season when they head to Highland Heights, Ky., for a noon, CT matchup with Horizon League foe Northern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The game will air live on ESPN3.
Still searching for their first victory of the season, the Golden Eagles' (0-2) non-conference slate doesn't offer and cupcakes, as five of MU's first six games come away from the Al McGuire Center, including the four-game trip that begins with the contest against the Norse (2-1).
Last time out, the Golden Eagles' late fourth quarter rally came up just shy, as MU dropped a 60-55 contest against in their home opener against IUPUI. Guard Natisha Hiedeman led the scoring attack for the Blue and Gold, putting up a career-high 21 points, while guard Allazia Blockton was also productive, posting her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
Through the first two games of the season, the Marquette attack has been paced by a pair of freshmen, as Hiedeman and Blockton are first and second on the team, respectively, in both scoring, and minutes played. Hiedeman has averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 7.5 apg in 33.5 minutes played per contest, and Blockton has contributed 12.0 points, and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per contest in 30 mpg.
As expected, junior McKayla Yentz has seen her role increase over last season's with the Sun Prairie native's experience being a key towards her nine-minute per game uptick. Yentz has also seen improvement with her shot, as she's shot 42.9% from the field and 60.0% from downtown. Freshman Erika Davenport has been a key piece off the bench for head coach Carolyn Kieger, as the forward is averaging 8.5 ppg to couple 5.5 rpg, in 25.5 minutes per game.
Northern Kentucky is led by senior guard Christine Roush, who has averaged 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games played. Redshirt junior Rebecca Lyttle has also been integral for the Norse, as she's averaged a double-double (15.3 ppg, 10.7 ppg) through three contests.
Following the matchup with NKU, Marquette will continue its road trip with a trip to Vermillion, S.D. to take on South Dakota in a 7 p.m. CT tilt on Monday, Nov. 23.
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