Dec. 28, 2015
NEW YORK -- Marquette University women's basketball freshmen Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton have earned the BIG EAST's top weekly honors as Hiedeman is BIG EAST Player of the Week and Blockton is BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after their performances in MU's 101-81 victory at Milwaukee last week.
Hiedeman led Marquette with 30 points, including 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, and dished out three assists with one block. She became the first Golden Eagle player to reach 30 points since Arlesia Morse matched that tally in a win over Georgetown on Feb. 1, 2015 and is just the second league player this season to eclipse 30-points. Hiedeman is averaging 14.4 points per game, which ranks 10th in the league.
Blockton earns her fourth consecutive award after she posted a career-best 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished three assists with one steal in 28 minutes of action. She becomes the third player in the last two seasons to claim four consecutive BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates along with Creighton's Sydney Lamberty and 2015 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Dorothy Adomako of Georgetown.
Blockton increased her scoring average to 17.5 points per game, which leads Marquette and ranks third in the league, but is tops among BIG EAST freshmen.
MU will continue its five-game road swing as it begins conference play at DePaul on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The game will tip at 7 p.m. Central time and air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Dave Bernhard and Trish Babcock-McGraw calling the action from Chicago.