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Creighton head to Georgetown looking to move to 2-0 in BIG EAST action.
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Creighton Begins BIG EAST Road Schedule at Georgetown

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team begins its first BIG EAST road schedule at Georgetown on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

1/1: at Georgetown (6-6, 0-0) - 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Radio: 1180 AM Glen Sisk (play-by-play)
Creighton vs. Georgetown:
Villanova and Creighton will meet for the first time on Jan. 1, 2014.  The Hoyas first trip to Omaha comes on Feb. 5, 2014.

About Georgetown
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the only Bluejay opponent that was founded in the 1700s.
  • Georgetown has an enrollment of 15,318.
  • Known as the Hoyas.
  • Georgetown finished 2012-13 with an 15-16 record and an 5-11 mark in the BIG EAST.  
  • Georgetown returns seven letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Powell and White).
  • The Hoyas were picked to finish fourth in BIG EAST preseason poll.

Georgetown Head Coach: Jim Lewis (West Virginia, 1968)
  • Record of 263-301 in 21 seasons as a head coach.  Lewis took over as the Hoyas interim head coach on October 24, 2013.
  • Lewis has led Georgetown to a 6-6 mark through 12 games.
  • A 44-year coaching veteran, Lewis has served as the head coach for the George Mason women’s basketball team from 1984-97.  
  • He was at the helm of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics for one season in 1998 and was also the head coach for Fordham from 2001-06.

Scouting Georgetown (6-6, 0-0 BIG EAST)
One of the youngest teams in the BIG EAST, eight of the Hoyas 13 players are either a freshman or a sophomore.  Despite its youthful core, Georgetown is not lacking in leadership as starters Andrea White and Samisha Powell anchor a five-woman senior group.  

Entering the matchup with the Bluejays at 6-6, the Hoyas have played one of the toughest schedules of any BIG EAST team, facing five teams with an RPI ranking under  70 (South Dakota State, California, Princeton, Penn State & Michigan State).  Georgetown is 1-4 in those contests, however.

Georgetown opened the season with five wins in their first seven games, but have dropped four of its last five.  The Hoyas suffered three straight losses, but looked impressive in a 67-65 overtime loss at Florida.

The Hoyas strongest asset is their size as Georgetown has five players at 6’2’’ or taller.   Georgetown has dominated the boards, grabbing 571 rebounds to just 448 for its opponents, a rebounding margin of +10.3 per game.

Center Natalie Butler has been a force inside at 6’5’’, averaging a double-double to lead the Hoyas (14.6 ppg & 12.8 rpg).  Butler also has swatted down 21 shots, just under two blocked per contest.

Georgetown has been has been its own worst enemy, committing 256 turnovers (21.3 per game) and shooting jsut 66.2% from the free throw line.

Keys to the Game w/Georgetown:
  • Take advantage of turnovers: Georgetown averages 21.3 per game, the Bluejays must be able to convert those into 20+ points.
  • Crash the boards on the defensive end:  The Hoyas have 59 offensive rebounds in their last three games.  The Bluejays have to limit the Hoyas to one shot.
  • Battle through the trees: Creighton has faced a number of tall centers this season (Minnesota’s Zahui B.  - 6’5’’, BYU’s Hamson - 6’7’’).  Against Butler (6’5’’) the Bluejays must continue to drive the lane and force her to defend.  

Fujan Nabs Spot on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Senior McKenzie Fujan earned Creighton’s  second selection to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 30.  Fujan tied a season-high with 17 points, including a decisive three-pointer in the final minute to secure Creighton’s 65-58 win over Villanova in the Bluejays first conference game as a member of the BIG EAST.

Bluejay BankShot Club, Membership Required
Three Bluejays have joined forces to begin the Bluejay BankShot Club.  Founding members Jordan Garrison, Lauren Works  have teamed with McKenzie Fujan to open the exclusive club.  To become a member all a Bluejay player needs to do is bank in a three-point shot in the closing seconds of a shot clock.  Fujan’s effort came in the final minute to secure Creighton’s 65-58 win over Villanova in the Bluejays first conference game as a member of the BIG EAST.  

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.

Finding the 3rd Option is Key
Creighton is 5-0 this season when three players reach double-figures, including the Bluejays last two wins.  

vs. South Dakota State, W, 68-63
    Janning 20, Nelson 16, Akin-0tiko 13
vs. Minnesota, W, 63-52
    Nelson 22, Akin-0tiko 10, Janning 10
vs. South Dakota, W, 63-48
    Janning 20, Fujan 13, Kamphaus 10
at UNLV, W, 66-56
    Fujan 17, Nelson 15, Janning 11
vs. Villanova, W, 68-63
    Janning 19, Fujan 17, Nelson 15

Bluejay Opponents Range from
First to ... in Turnovers
Coming off a 65-58 win over the Villanova Wildcats (Dec. 28), who lead the NCAA with just 9.3 turnovers per game, Creighton will head to Georgetown to face a Hoyas team that averages 21.3 turnovers per contest, 330th of 343 in the nation.
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