Marquette women’s basketball used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to propel them to an 86-71 win over Xavier on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Eagles are now 10-5 in Big East play, and thanks to the events of the weekend, MU has guaranteed themselves a bye to the quarterfinals in the Big East tournament.
That’s not the big news of the day, though. Sophomore Allazia Blockton became the 25th player in program history to score 1,000 career points when she drained this basket early in the third quarter.
It only took only took @ZayaGDB 56 games to reach 1,000 career points #muwbb #impressive pic.twitter.com/eYfzM9rQxt— Marquette WBB (@MarquetteWBB) February 12, 2017
You could make the argument that Blockton’s historic bucket jumpstarted the entire Marquette team, as the Golden Eagles would outscore the Musketeers 26-13 in the period. Thanks to a 15-0 started by a Blockton layup and capped off by a basket and two free throws from her as well, MU turned a 36-34 Xavier halftime lead into a 60-49 Golden Eagles advantage with 10 minutes to play.
As you can probably tell, the first half was a tightly contested affair. The first quarter featured six ties in just 10 minutes of action, and only an Erika Davenport layup late to make it 19-15 gave either team more than a two point lead. We got our seventh, eighth, and ninth ties of the game in the second quarter, and to give that whole idea more clarity, both Marquette and Xavier had four point leads in the final four minutes of the half.
Thankfully for Marquette’s postseason hopes, that 15-0 run put things out of reach for the Musketeers. It didn’t end the game, as MU’s lead never got higher than 14 for the first eight minutes and change of the fourth quarter. It was kind of weird, where the two teams went right back to playing a tightly contested game... other than the fact that MU had swung it from tied to up 15 with the run.
Blockton finished with a game high 22 points after not even scoring in the first quarter to wrap up the day as MU’s 24th highest scoring player of all time at 1,015 points, surpassing Kerri Christianson at 1,002 points. She also had five rebounds, five assists, and four steals, continuing to assemble a Big East Player of the Year sort of season. Erika Davenport recorded her Big East leading 13th double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the game, and Amani Wilborn’s 15/4/4/2 afternoon off the bench was nothing to sneeze at, either.
Up Next: Marquette will be off for a full week until they host DePaul at the McGuire Center. The Blue Demons wrecked Butler by 30 on Sunday afternoon to wrap up a 2-0 weekend after the NCAA announced that they were one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA tournament for the moment.