My basketball weekend started on Friday at Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. Opened in 2004, the state-of-the-art, 3,700-seat arena has a lively vibe and fantastic sightlines.
As the Big East runner-up last season, big things are expected of the Golden Eagles, and they are living up to expectations. At 14–3, including 5–0 in conference, they stood in first place in the conference.
The Golden Eagles jumped out 8–0 to start the game and cruised to a 96–60 victory. Last season’s Big East Player of the Year, Allazia Blockton, remained out with an injury, but Marquette kept rolling. Player of the Week senior Natisha Hiedeman led all scorers with 28 points.
Because it was Milwaukee Public School Day, the capacity crowd was filled with energetic youngsters who rocked the arena. Marquette’s Golden Eagle mascot and in-game host Stephaine Crosley helped the energy level. The students wanted to see Marquette break 100, but coach Carolyn Kieger was looking to play her reserves more than further the onslaught.
It was an awesome time. Marquette seems improved over last year. They are definitely on a mission.
On Sunday I braved the Chicago cold and headed to McGrath-Phillips Arena to watch my alma mater, DePaul. The arena seats 3,000, but the bleacher seating makes it feel much more intimate, almost like a high school, in a good way.
DePaul looked to duplicate Marquette’s success against Seton Hall with a quick 11–2 lead. Unfortunately, things went sour from that point, and DePaul ultimately lost 84–73. Too many missed three-pointers and not enough rebounding sealed DePaul’s fate.
In the post-game media session, DePaul coach Doug Bruno was obviously frustrated with the effort, but he also credited Seton Hall with a great game. He stated DePaul would have to dig deep within themselves to keep pace with Marquette and match the success of last season.
These were my first two women’s collegiate basketball games this season, but they will not be my last. The Big East championship will once again be played in Chicago. Marquette seems on pace to return to the finals, but only time will tell if DePaul can regain its championship form. Either way, I’m set for a lot of great basketball along the way.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.
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