MU Travels to Wisconsin in Final Non-Conference Road Trip
Dec. 9, 2016
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's basketball team will travel the short distance to Madison to face rival Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Sunday for its second game in a three-game stretch against in-state squads. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network with tip-off slated for 1 p.m. Central time.
Lisa Byington and Vera Jones will have the call from the sidelines.
The Golden Eagles have shown that they are capable of giving some of the best teams in the country a run for their money as they earned consecutive wins over Top-25 teams, Arizona State and Oregon State earlier this season. The squad has received votes in the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll for three consecutive weeks.
Marquette is 6-2 this season with losses coming to Green Bay and Santa Clara. The Golden Eagles fell behind early to the Phoenix on Tuesday and despite offensive surges in the third and fourth quarter, were never able to get the deficit to under seven points. Natisha Hiedeman led the squad with 17 points, while Erika Davenport had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Golden Eagles are led by sophomore Allazia Blockton who is averaging 18.5 points per game and leads the BIG EAST. Davenport follows closely, averaging 14.1 points per game and is just shy of averaging a double-double with 9.5 rebounds per game, while Hiedeman is 15th in the league with 13.5 points per game and ranks fourth dishing 4.4 assists per contest.
Wisconsin enters the game with a 4-7 record and most recently defeated Mississippi Valley State, 103-61, which was the second time that the Badgers eclipsed 100 points this season. Wisconsin is led by Cayla McMorris averaging 15.3 points per game, while Avyanna Young hits 12.5 points and is grabbing 8.4 rebounds per contest.
Last season, Marquette snapped a three-game skid against the Badgers and took a 77-61 victory home in Milwaukee led by Blockton's 17 points.
Following Sunday's contest against Wisconsin, Marquette will have one week off for finals before hosting Milwaukee (6-1) Sunday, Dec. 18, with a tip-off set for 3 p.m. CT, which will be streamed on GoMarquette.com.
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