Davenport, Blockton lead Marquette to 90-44 win over Xavier

   CINCINNATI (AP) -- Allazia Blockton became the first Marquette player, men or women, to score 2,000 career points and the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles beat Xavier 90-44 on Friday night.

   Blockton, the reigning Big East Player of the Year, missed five games with an ankle injury before returning Sunday against St. John's. Even without their star, the Golden Eagles were able to keep winning and moved up to 10th in the poll -- their highest ranking ever.

   Erika Davenport led Marquette with 18 points and 19 rebounds. Natisha Hiedeman, the leading scorer in the conference, added 18 as the Golden Eagles posted 90 or more points for the ninth time.

   Marquette (17-3, 8-0) jumped out to a commanding first quarter lead before Xavier (10-9, 1-7) got untracked.

   Aaliyah Dunham scored 16 points to lead Xavier. A'riana Gray the Big East's leading rebounder managed 11 to pace the Musketeers.

   Davneport turned in a double-double by halftime, leading the Golden Eagles to a 50-29 halftime lead.


   Marquette should continue to stay in the top 10 with a win over Butler on Sunday.

   Xavier is 11-41 all time against teams in the top against teams ranked in the top 25, including a 78-53 loss to then No. 25 Minnesota on November 14.  The Musketeers last defeated a ranked team in 2009 when they beat No. 18 Kansas in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.


   Marquette will travel head to Butler on Sunday.

   Xavier will host DePaul on Sunday.

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