Golden Eagles Prove Toughness In Quarterfinal Win Over Hoyas

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photo courtesy of gomarquette.com

Georgetown came into Sunday afternoon’s matcuup leading the Big East in steals, hoping to steal home court from tournament the tournament host: Marquette. Early on though, it was Gold Eagle sophomore sharp-shooter, Natisha Hiedeman who stole the show.

A collective gasp was felt in the arena as Natisha Hiedeman hit the deck and limped off the floor to the Marquette tunnel.

McKayla Yentz was the Golden Eagles’  second best 3-point shooter on the year netting 38 percent from deep. But, her presence was felt on the offensive glass as well, tapping out second chance opportunities which her teammates turned into points.

The Hoyas would respond…

And then came Hiedeman….flimping to the tunnel, Hiedeman would return just minutes later. After the game, Hiedeman told reporters that she knew she would back when she went down.

Although early in the game, Hiedeman’s toughness set the tone for the Golden Eagles who could easily be referred to as their old name, the Warriors in their gritty performance Sunday.

“Just so proud of my team’s toughness today,” said, Marquette head coach, Carolyn Kieger, “obviously it was started by Natisha Hiedeman, for her to roll her ankle and come back there and just play for her team in post-season play, she set the example for us.”

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photo courtesy of gomarquette.com

“We’ve talking about toughness all year,” said Hiedeman, “and I just… it’s a big game and I wanna’ be in it.”

Hiedeman finished the game with 16 points on five for ten shooting, playing 28 minutes despite suffering the early ankle injury. 13 of Hiedeman’s point coming in the first half.

Perhaps feeling extra motivation from the play of their sophomore shooting guard, the Golden Eagles played inspired and efficient basketball all afternoon.  Point guard Danielle King took her game to the next level passing her way to a new career high 11 assists and scoring 14 points of her own. Swing-woman, Allazia Blockton led all scorers with 20 points. Off the bench, sixth woman, Amani Wilborn also added a career with with 12 rebounds.

Although, Georgetown made a spirited push in the third quarter with their signature stingy defense, the Golden Eagles were able to respond it eventually became clear who the better team was that afternoon.

The Hoyas struggled to match Marquette’s pace, as the Golden Eagles continuously burned them in transition.

“It’s always part of our game-plan,” said Kieger, “We play fast and we know that we are at our best when our tempo is flowing and were not stagnant so for us, it doesn’t matter who were playing, that’s always our pace of play.”

Marquette went on to win 80-66 where they will meet the Creighton Bluejays. The Bluejays have won both of the teams’ meeting this season but with the Golden Eagles playing their best basketball of the year and enjoying a home-court advantage, don’t expect the Eagles, or should I say Warriors, to go down without a fight.

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