Golden Eagles Welcome Western Illinois on Friday
Dec. 1, 2016
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Marquette (5-1), which is receiving votes in both polls this week, will look to continue its early season success following two victories over top-25 programs, most recently defeating then-No. 15/22 Oregon State, 74-73, in Corvallis, Oregon. In that game, Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton led the way with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles spent the holiday weekend in Stockton, Calif., participating in the Tigers' Turkey Tip-Off, hosted by Pacific. MU finished the event with a 1-1 record, defeating Pacific, 89-75, led by Hiedeman and Erika Davenport who each posted double-doubles.
Through six games, Blockton leads all scorers with 20.3 points per game, while chipping in 5.7 boards per contest. Davenport, who has recorded a double-double in five of six games after falling one rebound shy against Santa Clara, is averaging 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per outing.
Western Illinois enters Friday's matchup with a 5-2 record after dropping a road contest at Missouri, 71-68, on Tuesday night. Taylor Higginbotham led the Leathernecks with 19 points, while Morgan Blumer and Emily Clemens added 18 and 15 points, respectively.
On the year, the Fighting Leathernecks are led by Clemens, who is averaging 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Clemens has also shot it well this season, knocking down 46-of-86 field goals (.535), including 13-of-28 (.464) three-pointers, and is 40-of-47 (.851) from the free throw line.
Friday's matchup will also mark a special night for a special long-time friend of the program as the Golden Eagles honor the late Linda Raymonds, who passed away in August following a year-long battle with brain cancer. She is the daughter of former Marquette men's basketball coach Hank Raymonds and was a close personal friend to MU head coach Carolyn Kieger.
The team plans not only to host the night in her memory, but also support the causes that were near and dear to her heart - cancer research and Marquette Athletics. T-shirts will be sold for $10 with a "Chuck-a-duck" contest being held at halftime. All proceeds will be split between the Linda Raymond Charitable Foundation Fund (Greater Milwaukee Foundation) and Marquette Athletics.
Following its contest with Western Illinois, MU will prepare for the first of three consecutive games against in-state foes as No. RV/-- Green Bay makes its way to the Al McGuire Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a 7:30 p.m. Central time tip.
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