The No. 19/17 Marquette women's basketball team is set to welcome No. 2 Notre Dame to the Al McGuire Center on Saturday, which will mark the final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is slated for 12:40 CT on FS1, the Golden Eagles' first national broadcast of the season.
Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and Kim Adams (analyst) will call the action from the sidelines.
For the first time this season, two Marquette players reached 20+ points in a game as junior Isabelle Spingola
led the Golden Eagles with a season-best 24 points and senior Allazia Blockton
turned in 20 points in a 93-40 victory over Binghamton on Monday.
Marquette opens BIG EAST play on Saturday, Dec. 29 hosting Providence at 2 p.m. CT.
NOTRE DAME (10-1, 0-0 The ACC):
Notre Dame toppled Western Kentucky, 94-53 on Wednesday night and enter the game with just one loss coming at current No. 1 UConn. Milwaukee native Arike Ogunbowle recently tallied her 2,000th
career point and leads the Fighting Irish with 22.3 points per game, which is 11th
Notre Dame has four players that currently have at least 1,000 career points with the fifth just 22 points away from joining Marquette as the only other team in Division I with five active 1,000-point scorers.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series 33-8, including five straight contests. Marquette pushed the Fighting Irish into an overtime battle last season in South Bend, before falling 91-85. The last time Marquette topped Notre Dame was on Jan. 13, 2009 in a 75-65 contests, which marked the Golden Eagles' first win over a top 10 team in program history. The Fighting Irish were ranked No. 10/4 at the time.
- Allazia Blockton is now Marquette women's basketball's all-time leading scorer. At the 4:18 mark of the fourth quarter at Northwestern the Milwaukee native made history. She has amassed 1,979 career points in 108 game and is on pace to become the first Golden Eagle, male or female, to reach 2,000 career points.
- According to Stats, Inc. there has been just five times in women's basketball history, dating back to the 1999-2000 season in which a team has had five active 1,000-point scorers. Since the 1996-97 men's basketball season there has also been just five teams with the same achievement.
2016-17 Florida State, 2016-17 Louisville, 2017-18 Connecticut, 2017-18 Notre Dame, 2018-19 Marquette
2006-07 Florida, 2008-09 Providence, 2015-16 George Washington, 2015-16 North Florida, 2018-19 Nevada.
- Marquette is currently the only program is the country with five active 1,000-point scorers. Blockton (1,979) is joined by Natisha Hiedeman (1,458), Erika Davenport (1,288), Amani Wilborn (1,115) and King (1,100). Soon, No. 2 Notre Dame will also earn the distinction as it has four active 1,000-point scorers and a fifth (Jackie Young) just 22 points away (entering Monday). Both teams will meet on Dec. 22 at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
- Also according to Stats, Inc. there has never been a game that had 10 total 1,000-point scorers playing on the court at the same time, which would happen if Notre Dame's Jackie Young surpasses the mark on Saturday.
- The Golden Eagles currently own a 9-2 record, matching their best non-conference finish since producing a 9-2 record in the 2016-17 campaign.
- Marquette is at a capacity crowd of 3,700 for Saturday's game, marking its first sellout that is not for MPS Day since Feb. 7, 2009 when the Golden Eagles hosted No. 1 Connecticut.