OMAHA, Neb. - In a early season battle of the preseason favorites of the BIG EAST Conference, the Creighton women's basketball team hosts DePaul on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4:07 pm.
1/4: vs. DePaul (10-3, 1-0) - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
TV - Fox Sports 1:
Tiffany Greene (play-by-play) & Sarah Kustok (Color Analyst)
Radio - 1290 AM:
Rob Simms (play-by-play)
Bluejays on Fox Sports 1:
Creighton Women’s Baskebtall will make its first appearnace on Fox Sports 1 in the contest with DePaul on Saturday, Jan.1 at 4:07 p.m. The Bluejays will have one additional home game televised this season, on Feb. 23 against St. John’s, as well as road games at DePaul (Feb. 9) and at Marquette (March 1). Tiffany Greene (play-by-play) and Sarah Kustok (Color Analyst) have the call for Saturday’s contest.
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DePaul vs. Creighton:
DePaul and Creighton will meet for the first time since 1989 on Jan. 4, 2014. The two squads have met three previous times, with DePaul holding the series edge, 2-1.
Series with DePaul
Home: 1-0 Away: 0-2 Neutral: 0-0
Date Result Score/Site
3/8/84 L 56-63 in DePaul
12/15/87 W 84-71 in Omaha
1/15/89 L 65-76 in DePaul
- Located in Chicago, Illinois
- Founded in 1889.
- DePaul has an enrollment of 24,966.
- Known as the Blue Demons.
- DePaul finished 2012-13 with an 21-12 record and an 9-7 mark in the BIG EAST.
- DePaul returns seven letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Hrynko, Jenkins and Penny).
- The Blue Demons were picked to win the BIG EAST in the preseason poll.
- DePaul went to the NCAA Tournament last season, falling to Oklahoma State, 73-56, in the opening round.
DePaul Head Coach: Doug Bruno (DePaul, 1973)
- Record of 581-327 in 30 seasons as a head coach.
- Bruno has a 541-297 mark in 28 years at DePaul.
- One of just five coaches (three in Division I) to have his home court named in his honor, DePaul plays on the Doug Bruno Court at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
- Served as the President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association from 2005-07.
- In August of 2012, Bruno was on the bench as an assistant coach when the USA Women’s National Team captured its fifth consecutive Olympic Gold.
- Bruno has led the Blue Demons to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first and second Sweet Sixteen showing in 2006 and again in 2011.
Scouting DePaul: (10-3, 1-0 BIG EAST)
The preseason selection to claim the BIG EAST Conference crown, DePaul’s play during the non-conference schedule lent support to that hype. The Blue Demons were 9-3 in non-conference play, dropping games to No. 5 Notre Dame on Nov. 26, a cross-town rival game with Northwestern on Dec. 1 and a matchup with No. 5 Kentucky on Dec. 12.
The Blue Demons feature a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 84.4 points per game. DePaul’s low point total for the season was 73 in a win over Washington, while the Blue Demons topped out at 99 in the season opener against Harvard.
Each of DePaul’s starting five enters Saturday’s matchup averaging
double-figures, led by 15.7 points per game by Jasmine Penny. The Blue Demons’ lone post threat, Penny is shooting 62.4% from the field. While Penny holds down the paint, the remainder of the Blue Demons like to fire from long distance. As a unit, Depaul is 115-of-340 from three-point range (33.8%).
The final portion of DePaul’s game to watch is the ability to pressure the ball and force turnovers. The Blue Demons are forcing their opposition into 22.2 turnovers per contest.
Keys to the Game w/DePaul:
- Handle the Blue Demons pressure: Creighton has struggled in late game situations with pressure this season. DePaul will try to expose this throughout the contest.
- Avoid getting into a three-point shooting contest: Both teams favor the three-point shot, the Bluejays fired a BIG EAST record 43 from downtown against Georgetown. Creighton, however, should have the advantage in the paint and the Bluejays must balance their offense to lead to better looks from outside.
- Transition Defense: DePaul’s speed puts an emphasis on getting back on defense in multiple ways. Not only must the Bluejays deny easy buckets on the fast break, but Creighton also must be aware of open treys created by the Blue Demons’ motion offense.
Duel in the Desert Championship, of Sorts
Both Creighton and DePaul left the ‘Duel in the Desert’ Tournament in Las Vegas (Dec. 19-21) as the champion of its respective division. DePaul swept games against Pittsburgh, Washington & Louisiana-Monroe to claim the Gray Division Title. Meanwhile Creighton took the Scarlet Division crown, with wins over Oregon State and UNLV. As both the BIG EAST and PAC-12 had more than one school in the tournament, the divisions did not play any crossover games.
Nelson Earns the Double-Double Nomination
Senior Sarah Nelson recorded her 17th career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Bluejays’ 65-63 (ot) win at Georgetown on Jan. 1. It was Nelson’s first double-double of the season.
The overtime victory at Georgetown improved Creighton’s overtime record to 30-21 overall, including a surprinsing 15-10 mark on the road. Last season the Bluejays were 2-2 in extra time, downing BYU and Evansville.
Under the direction of Jim Flanery, Creighton is now 16-10 in overtime. It was Flanery’s first win in overtime on the road, however, since 2003 at Iowa.
A 3 for You, a 3 for You, 3s for Everyone
There is no better attack to a zone defense than to take the open looks. Creighton took the offensive against Georgetown, setting a BIG EAST record for three-point field goals attempted with 43 in Creighton’s 65-63 (ot) win on Jan. 1. The Bluejays finished 12-of-43 from the field. The mark is one shy of Creighton’s program record for triples of 44, set last season against Evansville on March 7. (Assistance on this note provided by former Creighton SID, Rob Simms).
Home Winning Streak Against Conference Grows to 11
Creighton opened its tenure in the BIG EAST the way the Bluejays closed their time in the MVC, beating conference opposition at home. Creighton has won its last 11 games in D.J. Sokol Arena against conference opponents. The Bluejays last conference loss at home was on Feb 4, 2012 to Missouri State, 63-55.
The Bluejays dished out 20 assists, the seocnd highest total of 2013-14, in their win at Georgetown. Freshman Lauren Works and sophomore Marissa Janning each handed out six for the team lead.