The Marquette women's basketball team is at Creighton Friday night. The Golden Eagles' rebirth is being led by a local freshman who's starting to flash her immense potential.
When Allazia Blockton swept the Big East Player and Freshman of the Week awards, a celebration was in order.
"I never won player of the week, so when I got it I was just super thrilled," Blockton says. "My mom called me. We were cheering and ecstatic about it."
The real payoff is in a Marquette women's team on the rise, and improving interest.
"Our fan support has I think increased by about 40 percent this year already, so that definitely has to help," Carolyn Kieger says. "To have hometown kids right here, and that's one thing we want to do as a program is keep the best talent home."
"One time I had to sign autographs after the game, and it was incredible how many people came up to me, and was like 'we're so glad you stayed close to home.' Like, 'we've been watching you in high school and it's just like, that was eye-opening for me because I never knew those people were actually watching me and following my progress," Blockton says.
The Whitefish Bay Dominican star clearly is becoming the go-to Golden Eagle.
"I feel like I can get better in every aspect, just you know try to get as close to perfect as I can."
These Golden Eagles have plans to soar to new heights because of Blockton.
"We keep talking about the end goal," Kieger says, "and that's...to be the best team that we've ever had here at Marquette. So she's really competitive, and she really wants Marquette to go to new heights."