Women's Basketball Hosts Marquette on Saturday, Jan. 25
OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball squad battles Marquette on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3:05 pm.
1/25: - 3:05 p.m. (CT)
Marquette (13-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) at Creighton (11-8, 5-2 BIG EAST)
Radio - 1180 AM:
Brad Burwell (play-by-play) & Rob Simms (Color Analyst)
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Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
Series History: Creighton leads series, 5-2
Last Time Out: L, 52-58 at Butler, 1-18-14
Trailing 7-2 at the first media break (15:34), Creighton appeared to rally from a slow start with a five-point burst to tie the game at 7-7. Senior McKenie Fujan pulled the Bluejays within a possession via a 10-foot jumper, after a defensive stop, junior Sammy Jensen knocked down an open three-ball to make it 7-7 with 14:56 on the clock.
Butler, however, answered with a 12-2 run to take control of the game at 19-9 at the 9:31 mark. Creighton got no closer than seven the rest of the half, going into the locker room down 34-22.
After allowing Butler to shoot 52% in the opening period (13-of-25), Creighton amped up its defensive intensity in the second period. Despite the improved defensive effort, the Bluejays still found themselves down 12 (46-34) with 7:03 remaining.
Creighton found a rhythm as the game draw to its close, scoring nine straight to make it a one possession affair with 2:37 left. Sophomore Marissa Janning started the run with two free throw, then Fujan knocked in a pull-up jumper from eight feet to make it 46-38 (4:39). Senior Alyssa Kamphaus chipped in a pair of free throw, then Fujan delivered a try from the wing, forcing a Butler timeout.
The Bulldogs responded to the break with six straight to salt the game away.
Fujan led Creighton with 16 points, while senior Sarah Nelson posted 11 points.
Butler got 16 points from Liz Stratman, 12 from Lexus Murray and 11 from Taylor Schippers.
Marquette vs. Creighton Series:
Creighton and Butler will meet for the 8th time on Saturday, Jan. 25. Creighton holds a 5-2 series edge on the Golden Eagles, Inlcuindg a 63-61 win in the last meeting on Nov. 28, 2010.
Creighton leads 5-2 - Home: 3-0 Away: 2-2 Neutral: 0-0
Date Result Score/Site
1/11/86 W 75-56 at Marquette
1/25/86 W 84-53 in Omaha
12/20/86 W 72-49 in Omaha
1/7/87 W 77-60 in Marquette
3/24/08 L 69-75 (ot) at Marquette @
11/19/09 L 59-66 at Marquette
11/28/10 W 63-61 in Omaha
@ - WNIT game
Marquette Head Coach: Terri Mitchell (Duquesne, 1989)
Scouting Marquette (13-4, 4-2 BIG EAST)
The Golden Eagles had an impressive non-confernece season, posting a 9-2 record. Marquette’s only losses came to Duke and Wisconsin.
Marquette has continued to play well in the BIG EAST, downing Butler, Georgetown, Xavier and Providence. The Golden Eagles two losses came at home against Villanova (63-61) and to St. John’s (49-47).
The leading lady for Marquette has been senior Katherine Plouffe, who is averaging 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Plouffe has reached 20+ points in seven contests, Marquette is 7-0 in each of those games.
One of the keys for Marquette this season is the Golden Eagles ability to clean the glass. Marquette is averaging 46.9 rebounds per game with a +14.3 rebounding margin. In BIG EAST play those numbers are similar, 42 rebounds per game and a +13.5 rebounding margin.
Keys to the Game w/Marquette:
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.
First 200 Students @ WBB vs. Marquette, Nab Lower Bowl Seats @ MBB
The first 200 Creighton students to attend the Creighton women’s basketball game against Marquette on Jan. 25 (3:00 pm), will earn lower bowl seats to the men’s game with Georgetown later that night (7:00 pm).
To earn the MBB tickets, students must meet the following conditions:
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 85
McKenzie Fujan 72
Alyssa Kamphaus 52
Marissa Janning 23
Sammy Jensen 10
Ball Security at its Finest, BIG EAST
The Creighton Bluejays moved into the
top-10 in the NCAA in ball security, averaging just 12.6 turnovers per game. The nations leader is fellow BIG EAST member, Villanova. (9.4).
Rank Team Turnovers per game
1 Villanova 9.4
2 Navy 11.3
3 Drexel 11.7
4 Wyoming 11.7
5 UConn 11.8
6 Indiana 12.2
7 Murray St. 12.4
8 Mercer 12.5
9 Stanford 12.6
10 Creighton 12.6
Wright St. 12.6