Marquette Hosts St. John's in League Lidlifter

Dec. 27, 2017

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's basketball team is set for BIG EAST play when the squad welcomes St. John's to the Al McGuire Center on Thursday, Dec. 28 for the 2017-18 league lidlifter.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. Central time on FS2 with Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (analyst) calling the action. Natisha Hiedeman will be honored in a quick, pre-game ceremony after reaching 1,000 career points at Notre Dame on Dec. 20.

The Last Meeting
St. John's82
February 5, 2017
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Falls to St. John's, 82-72
Sophomore Natisha Hiedeman led five Golden Eagles in double digits with 19 points, but the Marquette women's basketball team (17-7, 8-5) could not overcome a combined 46 points from the St. John tandem of Jade Walker and Andryah Adams and fell, 82-72, to the Red Storm on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles boast a 6-5 record after non-conference play, though all five losses have been single digit losses to teams ranked in the top-50, including overtime losses to No. 2 Notre Dame and current No. 7 Tennessee.

Marquette has five players averaging double digits, all juniors and all ranked in the BIG EAST top-30 in scoring paced by 18.4 points per game from Allazia Blockton. Hiedeman ranks eighth in league action with 15.0 points per game, while reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Erika Davenport is 20th with 12.2 points per contest. Danielle King (24th) and Amani Wilborn (29th) round out the top-30.

St. John's is 7-4 after non-conference play, most recently falling a final second 73-72 loss to Buffalo and the Red Storm has not lost a true road game all season. Against Buffalo, senior forward Maya Singleton paced St. John's, matching a career high with 15 points, along with five rebounds, while four Red Storm players reached double figures as Singleton (15), Andrahyah Adams (14), Akina Wellere (12), and Alisha Kebbe (10) all reached the 10-point plateau. This marked the fifth-consecutive game and ninth time this season that the Johnnies had at least four players finish in double digits.

Wellere leads St. John's with 13.3 points per game, which is 14th in the BIG EAST.

The all-time series is tied at 9-9, though the Red Storm have claimed five of the past six victories, including a season-sweep in the 2016-17 campaign.

MU will host Seton Hall on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT following the game against St. John's.

Six Reach Double Digits
At No. 2 Notre Dame, Marquette had six players score double digits in Allazia Blockton, Erika Davenport, Danielle King, Natisha Hiedeman, Isabelle Spingola and Amani Wilborn. This was the first time Notre Dame allowed an opponent to have six in double digits since Purdue accomplished that feat on Nov. 30, 1994.
Home Sweet Home
Marquette has won 10 straight games at the Al McGuire Center dating back to last season. The Golden Eagles last fell in an 82-72 decision to St. John's on Feb. 5, 2017.
Marquette in the NCAA
The Golden Eagles rank in the top-30 nationally in three statistical categories. MU is averaging 83.5 points per contest, ranking 18th and is also 29th in field goal percentage, shooting at a 45.7 percent clip. The Golden Eagles are also swiping 11.5 steals per game, which is 30th in NCAA Division I.
Making History
With a three-point basket in the first quarter at Notre Dame Natisha Hiedeman became the 26th player in MU history to reach 1,000 career points.




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