This bad boy was not even close in the slightest, as Marquette’s lead hit 10 points on a three by Isabelle Spingola with 5:28 left in the first quarter that made it a 15-5 ballgame. Lauren Van Kleunen would score off a MSU turnover before the Bobcats got a putback to get the lead back down to 10, and then it never touched that mark again.
The lead was 19 at the end of the first, 28-9.
It was 31 at half, 57-26.
It was 39 at the end of the third quarter, 79-40, in what qualifies as the “good” quarter for the MSU defense as they were “only” outscored by eight.
Absolutely nothing about this game was competitive from the opening tip.
The biggest highlight of the game came when it appears in hindsight that head coach Carolyn Kieger put senior Danielle King back into the game with 5:32 remaining with the orders that she was not coming out of the game until she had scored at least four points. See, at the time, King had five points on the night, giving 996 for her college career. A converted and-1 layup with 4:20 left pushed her to 999, and following a triple on the other end from MSU, King came right back down the court and stuck a triple of her own in Montana State’s eye to push her up and over the plateau to 1,002 career points.
The Marquette bench went absolutely BANANAS as King became Marquette’s 29th 1,000 point scorer and gave the Golden Eagles five active players with 1,000 career points. As of right this second, they are the only team in Division 1 with five 1,000 point scorers.
Allazia Blockton had one of the more efficient games that you’ll ever see to lead Marquette in scoring: 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting, with both misses coming on triples (3-for-5), along with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. All of this in a slim and trim 24 minutes. Blockton was joined in double digit land by King (11), Natisha Hiedeman (14), Amani Wilborn (17), Isabelle Spingola (13) and Lauren Van Kleunen (11). It was a massive team effort to hit 100 points, but considering that MU had a gigantic lead for almost the entire game, it was pretty easy for Kieger to let her bench go to town to chip in.
Up Next: Well, we don’t quite know what is next, exactly. This game was part of the first round of the 2018 Preseason WNIT, which means we know that Marquette will host a second round game on Sunday afternoon at 1pm. It’s still a little bit up in the air as to who the opponent will be, as Northern Iowa has a 64-52 lead at home on Delaware with 5:52 left in the fourth quarter as I type this. It seems like it’ll be the Panthers, but weirder things than the Blue Hens making a comeback have happened in sports.