Marquette Welcomes Rival Badgers on Sunday
Dec. 5, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Al McGuire Center as the Golden Eagles play host to in-state rival Wisconsin in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Patrick Reed and Kevin O'Connor on the call.
If Marquette fans "Pack the Al" with 3,000 fans, head coach Carolyn Kieger will take the Polar Plunge on New Year's Day, so be sure to come out and join us.
The Golden Eagles showed they could hang tough with one of the best teams in the country, leading seventh-ranked Oregon State for the majority of the contest before the veteran-laden Beavers stormed back for a 65-58 win at the Al McGuire Center on Thursday night.
The freshmen-laden Marquette squad led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and forced the Beavers into a season-high 19 turnovers. Freshman guard Allazia Blockton continued her offensive assault of late by registering a team-high 21 points on 10-for-21 shooting, while adding five rebounds and four steals. She has reached double figures in scoring each of the last six games and is averaging 21 points per game over her last three contests.
Danielle King and Amani Wilborn also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Erika Davenport chipped in six points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench against a very big Oregon State frontline.
Next up for the Golden Eagles (2-5) is a Wisconsin (3-3) team that is coming off a solid win over Wake Forest on the road. In the 64-51 victory on Wednesday, the Badgers placed four players in double-figures scoring with Cayla McMorris leading the way with 16 points on 6-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Wisconsin held Wake Forest to a season-low 28.2 percent (20-for-71) shooting from the field.
On the year, the Badgers have three players averaging in double-digits with Nicole Bauman leading the way at 15.0 points per game. She has reached double figures in five-of-six contests this year, including three straight. Dakota Whyte and Tessa Cichy are averaging 10.4 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, while McMorris and Michala Johnson are close behind at 9.3 and 9.0 points per game, respectively.
The Badgers are averaging 64.7 points per game, while the Golden Eagles total more than 72.5 points per contest. UW has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 1.8 rebounds per game, but has committed a whopping 18.5 turnovers on average.
Following Sunday's contest against Wisconsin, Marquette will close out its three-game home stand with a matchup against Auburn (5-1) Sunday, Dec. 13, with tip-off set for 1 p.m. Central time, which will also air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
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