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Sitting just one game out of first place, the Creighton women's basketball team hits the road for the final time in the regular-season...
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Creighton WBB Battles Marquette in Final Road Test

OMAHA, Neb. - Sitting just one game out of first place, the Creighton women's basketball team hits the road for the final time in the regular-season as the Bluejays travel to Milwaukee, Wisc., to face Marquette.

3/1: - 2:07 p.m. (CT)
Creighton (18-10, 12-4 BE)  at Marquette (19-8, 10-6 BE)
TV - Fox Sports 1:
Chris Shearn (play-by-play), Sarah Kustok (Color Analyst)
Radio - 1290 AM: Glen Sisk (play-by-play)
Stats (Free): http://www.gomarquette.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wbaskbl.html?event=1299344&school=marq&sport=wbaskbl&camefrom=&startschool=&
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
Series History: Creighton leads, 6-2
Bluejays on Fox Sports 1:
Creighton Women’s Baskebtall will make its third appearnace on Fox Sports 1 in the contest at Marquette on Saturday, March at 2:07 p.m. This is the Bluejays final regular-season game on television this season.  Chris Shearn (play-by-play) and Sarah Kustok (Color Analyst) have the call for Saturday’s contest.  Fox Sports 1 is on Dish Network (150), Direct TV (219), Cox (78).
Last Time Out: W, 70-50 vs. Seton Hall, 2-26-14
Senior Sarah Nelson was one assist and one bucket from a triple-double as she guided the Creighton women’s basketball team past Seton Hall, 70-50, on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Creighton moved into a tie for second place in the BIG EAST with the win, sitting at 18-10 overall and 12-4 in BIG EAST action.  Seton Hall, meanwhile, fell to 16-11 on the season and 7-9 in conference play.

Both teams struggled from the floor through the first eight minutes as Seton Hall held a 10-5 lead with 12:00 remaining.  Creighton appeared to find its shooting stroke first as the Bluejays got a three-ball from Nelson, followed by treys from freshman Lauren Works and finally from sophomore Marissa Janning to grab the lead (14-12) with 10:20 on the scoreboard.

The game remained close over the next five minutes, leaning slightly to the Pirates as Seton Hall led 19-18 (6:25).

Seton Hall seemed poised to seize control with a 8-2 burst, extending its lead to its largest margin 27-20 with just over five minutes remaining.  

Nelson would have none of that, dishing to Janning in the corner for a three-pointer to make it 27-23. Moments later she found senior McKenzie Fujan at the elbow for two.  Down 28-25, Creighton scored the final four points on another jumper by Fujan and a easy layup down low for freshman Brianna Rollerson.  Janning found Rollerson for the layup as she drove from left to right and wrapped a pass underneath the bucket.  The Bluejays’ 9-1 run gave Creighton a 29-28 lead at the half.

Creighton’s roll continued through the first three minutes of the second half as the Bluejays pushed their lead to nine at 39-30.  This time Nelson got things rolling by finding senior Alyssa Kamphaus for an layup, then Janning fed Fujan from downtown.  Moments later it was Fujan paying it forward with an assists to sophomore Sammy Jensen, finally Janning created her own bucket with a pull-up jumper from 10 feet.

Seton Hall rallied to get within two at 39-37 (12:28), but Creighton scored 18 of the next 21 points to put the game out of reach. Nelson twice found Janning for open treys in the right corner to key the Bluejays final run.  
Marquette vs. Creighton Series:
Creighton and Marquette will meet for the 9th time on Saturday, March 1.  Creighton holds a 6-2 series edge on the Golden Eagles, Inlcuindg a 63-61 win in the last meeting on Nov. 28, 2010.

Creighton leads 6-2
Home: 4-0  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
1/25/14    W    83-64 in Omaha
@ - WNIT game

First Meeting: Creighton 83, Marquette 64 (1-25-14)
Creighton got 29 points from its bench, including 12 from Brianna Rollerson as the Bluejays beat Marquette at its own game by outscoring the Golden Eagles 36-20 in the paint and out rebounding Marquette, 44-30.

Marissa Janning’s 23 points led all scorers, while Rollerson delivered her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  McKenzie Fujan and Sammy Jensen rounded out the Bluejays in double-figures with 11 and 10 respectively.  

About Marquette

 

  • Located in Milwaukee, WisconsinFounded in 1881.
  • Marquette has an enrollment of 11,689.
  • Known as the Golden Eagles.
  • Marquette finished 2012-13 with a 16-16 record and a 7-9 mark in the BIG EAST.
  • Marquette returns nine letterwinners from 2012-13, including three starters (Morse, Plouffe and Pumroy).
  • Saw its 2012-13 season advance to the WNIT Tournament, falling in the First Round to Northern Iowa, 61-59.
  • The Golden Eagles were picked to finish fifth in BIG EAST in the preseason poll.

Marquette Head Coach: Terri Mitchell (Duquesne, 1989)

  • Mitchell has a career record of 344-212 in 18 seasons, all at Marquette.The Golden Eagles have earned post-season berths in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
  • Earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament Second Round (2004, 2007, 2011)
  • Claimed the Women’s National Invitation Tournament crown in 2008.
  • Guided MU to a 21-10 record in 1996-97, which was 13 wins better than the previous season’s record of 8-20. It was the largest turnaround of any first-year head coach and third-best single-season turnaround among all NCAA Division I schools that year.
  • During the summer of 2008, Mitchell served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s U18 Women’s National Team. Under her guidance, Team USA won the gold medal while rolling through the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina undefeated.


Scouting Marquette (19-8, 10-6 BIG EAST)
Marquette is a difficult team to read. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last five games, including wins over both DePaul and St. John’s.  Marquette, however, also blew a double-digit lead over Seton Hall in the final three minutes on Feb. 22, falling in overtime 90-86.

One thing is certain, senior Katherine Plouffe drives the offense for Marquette with 17.3 points per game.  Against St. John’s, however, it was Katie Young’s 26 points that led the Golden Eagles.  Young is Marquette second leading scorer at just under 13 points per contest.

Marquette is a big, physical team that is very good on the glass.  The Golden Eagles average 46.7 rebounds per game and have a +14.2 rebounding margin on the season.

The Golden Eagles also are adept at getting to the foul line, shooting close to 700 on the season (over 25 per game).

Keys to the Game w/Marquette:

 

 

  • Rebounding: While repeating the 44-30 edge that Creighton claimed in the first meeting is a bit much to ask, the Bluejays have to stay close on the boards.  Specifically Creighton must prevent the Golden Eagles from capitalizing on offensive rebounds to get easy buckets.
  • Create Turnovers: The Bluejays are adept at taking care of the ball, but Creighton must force Marquette into turnovers to create extra possessions.
  • Minimize Free Throws:  Marquette shot 29 free throws in Omaha, while the Bluejays took just 14.  The Golden Eagles are a team that is based on dribble penetration, thus the Bluejays have to move their feet defensively.

BIG EAST Championship In Reach
At 12-4 with two games remaining in the regular season, Creighton is just one game back of BIG EAST leader, DePaul.  Those Blue Demons battle St. John’s (tied with Creighton for second at 12-4) on Saturday, March 1 in Carneseca Arena.  Although Creighton would need a little help, if the Bluejays win their final two games, a BIG EAST title is within reach. 

Knocking on the 20-Win Door
At 18-10 with two regular-season games remaining, Creighton is closing in on its sixth 20+ win season over the past seven seasons.  Under head coach Jim Flanery the Bluejays have reached 20 or more wins seven times.  Prior to Flanery taking over, Creighton had reached the 20+ plateau eight other times.

Making the Extra Pass
The Bluejays tied a season-high with 22 assists in their 70-50 win over Seton Hall.  The last time Creighton racked up 22 assists came in its 83-64 win over Marquette on Jan. 25.


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