Marquette men's and women's basketball rack up several Big East awards

Markus Howard and Allazia Blockton headline awards

It is award season for the Big East Conference, and the Marquette men’s and women’s basketball teams are well represented.

On the men’s side, guard Markus Howard was one of six players named to the All-Freshman Team. Howard, who turned 18 years old just last week, leads Marquette in scoring with 13.1 points per game. Howard also leads the country in three-point percentage (55.1 percent).

Andrew Rowsey, Howard’s backcourt mate, received the Big East Sixth Man of the Year award. Rowsey came off the bench for 13 of the 18 conference contests this year and averaged 11.2 points per game. He currently ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage (94.3 percent). Even though the redshirt junior won the award for best bench player in the conference, Rowsey moved into the starting lineup for the last five games, propelling the Golden Eagles to a 4-1 record.

Rowsey is the first Marquette player to win the Sixth Man award since Davante Gardner in 2012-13.

On the women’s side, three key sophomores were recognized by the Big East. Guard Allazia Blockton was one of two unanimous selections to the All-Big East First Team. Blockton’s 17.2 points per game were tops in the conference.

Forward Erika Davenport was selected to the All-Big East Second Team. She nearly averaged a double-double this season, totaling 13.3 points and 9.5 rebounds. Teammate Natisha Hiedeman was named an All-Big East Honorable Mention.

The Marquette women (23-7, 13-5 Big East) are seeded third in the Big East tournament. They defeated the sixth-seeded Georgetown Hoyas 80-66 on Sunday. The Golden Eagles play the two-seed Creighton at 3 p.m. Monday in the semifinals. The women’s Big East tournament is being hosted by Marquette at the on-campus Al McGuire Center.

The Marquette men (19-11, 10-8 Big East) travel to New York this week for the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles take on five-seed Seton Hall Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Both the Marquette men and women are expected to reach the NCAA Tournament this season. As of Monday, ESPN lists the Marquette men as a 10-seed; ESPN projects the women as a seven-seed. This would be the first time both the men and women make the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-11 season.

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