March 1, 2017
NEW YORK -The BIG EAST Conference unveiled the 2017 postseason awards on Wednesday and a trio of Marquette University women's basketball players earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Sophomore Allazia Blockton was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while classmate Erika Davenport was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and fellow sophomore Natisha Hiedeman earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention squad.
"I am extremely proud of Allazia, Erika, and Natisha," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "All three of our all- conference performers have worked very hard over the past year to grow their individual games and have been very consistent for us all year. These awards are much deserved, however, the thing I am most excited about is the balance of our team. Our entire roster has worked relentlessly to improve our program and I give equal credit to every member of this team. I am very proud of our players and look forward to the future because I know the best is yet to come!"
Blockton was one of just two unanimous first team selections, along with DePaul's Brooke Schulte, and led the BIG EAST with 17.2 points per game this season. She was 13th in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game and recorded 12 games with at least 20 or more points. The Milwaukee native became the youngest player in Marquette women's basketball program history to reach 1,000 career points and she did it in just 56 games. Blockton is also the first Golden Eagle to earn first team honors since Katherine Plouffe in the 2013-14 campaign.
Davenport earns her first career all-conference award as a member of the second team. The Clarkston, Michigan product compiled a successful season, averaging 13.4 points per game and was just shy of a double-double with 9.6 rebounds per contest, which was second in the BIG EAST. Davenport recorded a league-best 14 double-doubles this season.
Hiedeman earns her honorable mention nod after being selected to the All-Freshman team last season and followed her debut season with a steady sophomore campaign. She became just the second player in MU program history to record a triple-double against Western Michigan in December and was second on the Golden Eagles averaging 13.6 points per game, which ranked 11th in the conference. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native averaged 2.3 three-point baskets per game, which was third-best in the BIG EAST.
The Golden Eagles have earned the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Georgetown on Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. Central time at the Al McGuire Center.
All-BIG EAST First Team
Allazia Blockton, Marquette, So., G*
Audrey Faber, Creighton, So., F
Jacqui Grant, DePaul, Sr., F
Brooke Schulte, DePaul, Sr., G*
Jade Walker, St. John's, Sr., F
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Erika Davenport, Marquette, So., F
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova, So., G
Marissa Janning, Creighton, Sr., G
Tori Schickel, Butler, So., F
Dionna White, Georgetown, So., G
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention^
Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Jr., G
Raeshaun Gaffney, Xavier, R-Sr., G
Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette, So., G
Aaliyah Lewis, St. John's, Sr., G
Alex Louin, Villanova, Jr., G
Yoyo Nogic, Providence, So., G
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Jaylyn Agnew, Creighton, R-Fr., F
Kelly Campbell, DePaul, Fr., G*
Kaela Hilaire, Seton Hall, Fr., G*
Alisha Kebbe, St. John's, Fr., G
Sydney Shelton, Butler, Fr., G
^extra player added due to a tie in voting