Rout gives Eagles 12th straight win
Marquette’s offense started fast and didn’t slow down.
Natisha Hiedeman scored 22 points, Allazia Blockton had 19 and the Golden Eagles beat Villanova, 9355, on Sunday for their 12th consecutive victory.
Marquette (21-3, 12-0 Big East), ranked No. 7 in the USA Today coaches poll, gained control with an 18-4 run to close the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. The Golden Eagles have not lost since an 87-63 defeat at home against then-No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 22.
Marquette, sluggish in a 59-52 victory at home over Georgetown on Friday, led 25-12 after one quarter and extended it to 46-21 at the half Sunday. The Golden Eagles led, 72-42, entering the final period.
“When we’re out in transition and we’re making plays, I think we’re really hard to defend,” Marquette coach Carolyn Kieger said. “But it’s all when our defense gets out offense going. We got a lot of rebounds, a lot of quick transition outlets.”
Senior forward Erika Davenport, Marquette’s leading rebounder, left the game with 2:34 left in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
“She should be fine, just rolled it a little bit” Kieger said. “She’ll be good. She’s a tough cookie.” +