Marquette women fall to Louisville in NCAA Tournament

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBS 58) –Allazia Blockton tallied a career-high 34 points, but the Marquette women’s basketball team could not make history as the Golden Eagles (24-10) fell to top-seeded Louisville in the 2018 NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center.

Blockton’s 34 points sets a new Marquette record for points scored in an NCAA Tournament game, which was just set by Natisha Hiedeman (32) on Friday in the first round against Dayton. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Erika Davenport also reached double digits as she added 11 points with nine rebounds. Hiedeman finished the day with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Top-seeded Louisville (34-2) started strong and had the help of four players reaching double digits led by Myisha Hines-Allen with 24 points and 13 boards. The Cardinals shot 63.5 percent (40-63) and grabbed 60 points in the paint.

Marquette shot 41.2 percent (28-68) from the floor in the game and outscored the Cardinals 45-38 in the second half, also taking 10 points from 15 Louisville turnovers.

The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament second round for the first time since 2011 and the fifth time in program history, also earning head coach Carolyn Kieger her first tournament win as head coach. The 2018 Co-BIG EAST regular season champions will return all five starters next year, losing only senior Shantelle Valentine.

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