Creighton vs. Butler Series: Creighton and Butler will meet for the first time on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Founded in 1844.
Butler has an enrollment of 4,500.
Known as the Bulldogs.
Butler finished 2012-13 with an
17-14 record and a 8-6 mark in the Atlantic-10.
Butler returns nine letterwinners from last season, including three starters (McDivitt, McClung and Schippers).
Saw its 2012-13 season advance to the WNIT Tournament, falling in the First Round to Toledo, 63-49.
The Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in BIG EAST in the preseason poll.
Butler Head Coach: Beth Couture (Erskine, 1984)
Couture has a career record of
443-285 in 25 seasons, including a 185-168 mark in 12 years at Butler.
Has led Butler to seven winning
seasons over the last eight years.
Before coming to Butler, Couture spent 13 years as the head coach of Presbyterian (Division II). During her tenure, Couture led Presbyterian to eight seasons of 20 wins or more.
She closed her time at Presbyterian with five consecutive 20+ win seasons.
Scouting Butler: (7-10, 2-4 BIG EAST) After opening the season with a home win over Cleveland State, Butler labored through a four-game losing streak including consecutive losses in overtime. The Bulldogs bounced back to win four of five, before falling to Indiana State in their final non-conference affair.
Butler is 0-2 at home in BIG EAST play, but claimed road victories at Providence and Seton Hall.
The Bulldogs have played their last three games without preseaon All-BIG EAST selection, Faress McClung due to a foot injury that has her in a walking boot. McClung leads Butler with 15.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
Butler is dangerous when they get hot beyond the arc, the Bulldogs knocked down 16 treys in a loss to Georgetown (85-79) on Jan. 11.
Keys to the Game w/Butler:
Force Butler Inside: Butler is shooting 38% from beyond the arc in BIG EAST play, the Bluejays must limit the Bulldogs opportunities from long range and force them to rely on their inside game.
Post Defense: If McClung is unable to play, center Liz Stratman is the lone threat on the interior. However she is shooting 58% on the season. If Creighton forces the ball into the post, the Bluejay posts must make Stratman work on each possession.
Ball movement on offense: Creighton has been effecient on the offensive end in its last two outings, posting 21 assists in victories over Providence & Xavier. When the Bluejays move the ball, they are a very dangerous team.
Home Conference Winning Streak Grows to 13 Creighton opened its tenure in the BIG EAST the way the Bluejays closed their time in the MVC, beating conference opposition at home. With the 79-50 win over Xavier on Jan. 15, Creighton has won its last 13 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.
Consistency A Key for Bluejays One of the keys to Creighton’s success over the past three seasons has been its ability to define roles for its players. During the 2012-13 season, Creighton used two starting lineups, as four players started every game. The same is true thus far in 2013-14 as the Bluejays have used only one variation in starting unit. Player Consecutive Starts: Sarah Nelson 84 McKenzie Fujan 71 Alyssa Kamphaus 51 Marissa Janning 22 Sammy Jensen 9
Janning’s Back-to-Back Effort Best Since 2002 Sophomore Marissa Janning has taken her scoring to new heights over the past two games, posting 34 and 29 in the last two Bluejay victories. Her combined 63 points is the most scored in consecutive games since Christy Neneman also delivered 63 points in 2002 (24 vs. Evansville on March 8, 2002 and 39 vs. Drake on March 9, 2002).
Bluejays Showing the Love Over their past two games the Bluejays have twice dished out a season-high 21 assists. More impressive a total of 10 different players posted at least one assist in the win over Xavier (79-50) on Jan. 15. In addition to the win at Providence, Creighton also dished out 21 assists in their 68-63 win over South Dakota State on Nov. 12. 2013.
Taking Care of the Rock Creighton committed a season-low six turnover in its win over Xavier, the lowest total of turnovers by the Bluejays in a game since they committed six at South Dakota on Dec. 2, 2010. One other time under head coach Jim Flanery the Bluejays committed just six turnovers, that came on March 4, 2010 against Illinois State.
The last time a Bluejay squad had less than six turnovers came on Nov. 27, 2001 against No. 5 Iowa State. In a 75-74 overtime loss, Creighton committed just five turnovers.
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