30-point victories are very fun.
It’s almost as if they were still angry about their six point loss to Michigan and they came out showing no mercy towards the Black Knights. MU had a variation of half-court and full-court press for most of the game and Army could not handle it whatsoever. They committed 28 eight turnovers...TWENTY-EIGHT!!! Most of them were a direct result of Marquette’s high pressure. What a great defensive game plan by Coach Carolyn Kieger executed to absolute perfection. Her counterpart, Dave Magarity, was visibly frustrated at his team and I could hear him screaming at them in the huddle at every timeout. Nothing worked for Magarity’s team as Marquette had 16 steals and 32 points off turnovers. It doesn’t get more entertaining than a 100% scoring rate off turnovers!
When you have such an amazing defensive performance, all your offense needs to do is capitalize. And Marquette did a great job of that. They hit 50% of their field goals and had 52 points in the paint. NICE. Marquette got right back to doing what they do best: getting everyone involved in the attack. All five starters finished with double-digit points. Junior Natisha Hiedeman led the way with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting. More importantly, she connected on three of five of her 3-point attempts. Erika Davenport and Allazia Blockton both had 12 points and six rebounds each and Amani Wilborn and Danielle King had 10 points a piece.
Here’s some highlights courtesy of GoMarquette.com:
This wasn’t the first time Marquette had high defensive pressure throughout the entire game and it certainly won’t be the last. Army looked lost out there and MU did a great job of trapping them and forcing turnovers. It was so fun to watch. With this win, Marquette is now 4-0 at home this season.
The scariest player of the game award definitely goes to Lauren Van Kleunen who was sporting a clear face mask in this game. Practically speaking, it was to protect her face from an earlier injury she suffered but I love when players wear it because it makes them look more menacing. I want to see this become more of a fashion trend in college hoops regardless of if a player is protecting an injury or not. Didn’t we learn anything from Rip Hamilton?? Van Kleunen also had a decent stat line off the bench, finishing with eight points in 17 minutes going 2-of-4 from long range. Her best shot of the day came on a late game ball fake where she got her defender chasing the pass she didn’t make, reeled it back in, then canned the straight away trey. Well done masked assassin, well done.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles have a week off before visiting the Milwaukee Panthers next Sunday. The Panthers are 7-2 at the moment and have rattled off seven straight wins.