Rout gives Ea­gles 12th straight win

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports -

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.” +

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