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Marquette Athletics | November 19, 2016

Marquette upsets No. 18 Arizona State

  The Marquette women's basketball team has started the year 3-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

MILWAUKEE — For the first time since the 2013-14 campaign the Marquette women's basketball team begins the season with a 3-0 record after the Golden Eagles upset No. 18 Arizona State, 75-63, on Saturday at the Al McGuire Center.

Marquette had five players record double figures, paced by 23 points from sophomore Natisha Hiedeman as she went 9-for-13, including five field goals from beyond-the-arc. Classmate Erika Davenport collected her third double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 boards, while Allazia Blockton turned in a 12-point effort. Amani Wilborn and Danielle King were also in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Golden Eagles combined to shoot 60.8-percent (31-51) from the floor and hit six 3-point shots, while they scored 44 points in the paint. For the third time this season MU again had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio with 17 assists and 14 turnovers.

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Marquette closed out the first half with a 6-0 run in the final five minutes of action. Davenport sank a jumper at the 4:17 mark in the second quarter, while Amani Wilborn connected on a layup to put the Golden Eagles in front, 31-28. Hiedeman converted a jumper with 2:13 remaining, which was the last time either team scored in the frame.

  Forward McKayla Yentz is the lone senior on this year's Marquette team, which includes four freshmen.
Hiedeman had the hot shooting touch in the first half as she connected on five of eight shot attempts, including three from long range for a game-high 13 points at the break. As a team, MU combined to shoot 60 percent (15-25), while limiting the Sun Devils to 12-for-33 attempts at 36.4 percent.

In the third quarter, the Sun Devils never led, coming only as close as two points, 42-40 at the 3:44 mark after a jumper, but the Golden Eagles went on a 6-0 run to press the lead back up to eight points, 48-40 with 1:48 left in the third.

Marquette's largest lead was 17 points, 70-53 after Davenport converted a layup with 2:40 left in the game.

Robbi Ryan led Arizona State (2-1) with 19 points, as Sophie Brunner totaled 13 points.

Marquette takes off on its first road trip of the season as the squad heads to No. 24 Oregon State on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. Central time. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network.

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