OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team heads to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Xavier Musketeers on Feb. 18 at 6:00 pm (CT). It will be the third straight Pink game fot the Bluejays, as Creighton played in DePaul's (Feb. 9), hosted Providence for their Pink game on Feb. 15 and will now battle Xavier.
Last Time Out: W, 85-64 vs. Providence, 2-15-14 The Creighton women’s basketball team earned the regular-season sweep of Providence with an 85-64 win over the Friars on Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Bluejays’ Pink Game.
The win lifted the Bluejays to 15-10 on the season and 9-4 in BIG EAST action, while Providence fell to 6-19 overall and 1-13 in conference play.
Creighton opened the game with four straight trifectas to shoot Providence out of a zone, building a 12-0 lead (18:20). Providence, however, responded with a 9-1 run to make it 13-9 after five minutes.
The Friars came all the way back to take the lead at 20-19 and again at 22-21. This time it was Creighon’s turn to rally as the Bluejays scored seven straight to reclaim the lead at 28-22 (5:42). Senior McKenzie Fujan keyed the run with four points. Creighton did not relinquish the lead again, taking a 40-37 edge into halftime.
As they had in the opening period, Creighton tallied the first 12 points of the second half to take control. Fujan knocked down six of her game-high 25 points in the first five minutes of the second half. This time Creighton did not allow Providence to get back in the game, maintaining a double-digit edge the rest of the way.
Joining Fujan in double-figures was senior Sarah Nelson (18 points and 14 rebounds) as well as sophomore Marissa Janning with 15 points.
Alexis Harris led Providence with 13 points in the loss.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 18 as the Bluejays face Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio at 6:00 pm (CT). Listen to the game on 1180 AM, beginning right at tip.
Creighton vs. Xavier: Creighton and Xavier will meet for the second time, the first meeting came in Omaha on Jan. 18.
Series with Xavier Home: 1-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 Date Result Score/Site 1/18/14 W 79-50 in Omaha
First Meeting: Five Bluejays post Double-Figures in Win Creighton W, 79-50 (1-18-14) Five Bluejays reached double-figures, led by 29 from sophomore Marissa Janning, as the Creighton women’s basketball team defeated Xavier 79-50 on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Trailing 5-0 with just over 16 minutes to go in the opening period the Bluejays turned to Janning to ignite the offense. The sophomore responded with a pull up jumper that started an 8-0 burst. Senior Sarah Nelson followed with a trey from outside the elbow, then Janning nailed a three-ball of her own to give Creighton its first lead, 8-5.
Xavier rallied to reclaim its five-point edge at 15-10 (9:23), but that served as a wakeup call to Creighton. Over the next seven minutes the Bluejays mounted an 18-2 run, including 14 straight points to take control of the game at 28-17.
Nelson started the surge, passing out of a double team to freshman Brianna Rollerson down low for an easy layup. Moments later it was Nelson getting the return from Nelson for two. After a bucket by the Musketeers made it 17-14 (8:06), Creighton stormed on its 14-point charge.
Up 47-35 with 12:54 on the clock in the second half, Creighton put the game away with a 14-4 run. Five Bluejays contributed, led by five from Janning and four by Rollerson to make it a 61-39 contest.
Janning’s 29 led all scorers, while Nelson posted 14 points, Rollerson tossed in 12, McKenzie Fujan had 11 and Alexis Akin-Otiko finished with 10. Briana Glover paced Xavier with 12 points.
Ball movement was a key for the Bluejays as Creighton notched a season-high 21 assist for the second consecutive game. Xavier, meanwhile, committed 20 turnovers in the loss.
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio
Founded in 1831.
Xavier has an enrollment of 6,620.
Known as the Musketeers.
Xavier finished 2012-13 with an
13-16 record and a 7-7 mark in the Atlantic-10.
Xavier returns five letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Crittendon, Hawkes and Wanninger).
The Musketeers were picked to finish ninth in BIG EAST in the preseason poll, just ahead of Seton Hall.
Xavier Head Coach (Interim)Brian Neal (Northern Kentucky, 1991)
Neal has a record of 8-17 serving as the interim head coach for the Musketeers this season. Neal replaced Amy Waugh, who resigned after a two-year tenure with the Musketeers.
Neal, who spent the 2011-12 & 2012-13 seasons as an assistant with Xavier, is in his first season as a Division I head coach. Prior to joining Xavier, Neal was head coach of Thomas More’s women’s program for seven years.
Neal posted a 171-31 (.847) overall record in seven seasons at the helm of Thomas More (TMC).
He recorded six consecutive 20-win seasons at TMC and guided the Saints to five consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championships.
Neal is a four-time recipient of the PAC Coach of the Year Award (2006, 08, 10, 11) and was twice named the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year (2008 and 11).
Scouting Xavier (6-18, 3-10 BIG EAST) Xavier has dropped seven straight contests, including six by double-digits. The Musketeers are without starting point guard Shatyra Hawks, who was dismissed from the team on Feb. 14 for violations of school policies.
In addition, starting guard Jenna Crittendon has missed the last four games with an injury. Crittendon’s status is unknown for Tuesday.
Limited to a seven-person rotation over the last two games, Xavier has committed 43 turnovers. Those mishaps have led to 53 points for its opponents.
Keys to the Game w/Xavier:
Take Advantage of extra possessions: Xavier is challenged on the glass (-6.2 rebounding margein) and average 16.6 turnovers per game. Creighton has to take advantage of the extra shots.
Force Davis into Mistakes: With freshman Kayla Davis in just her second game as the Musketeers starting point guard, Creighton should be able to force her into bad decisions that lead to turnovers and bad shots.
Take Away Wanninger: With Hawkes gone and Crittendon potentially out, the top remaining scoring threat for Xavier is Ashley Wanninger (11.0 ppg). The Bluejays must make the rest of the Musketeers step up by taking away Wanninger.
Bluejays takes part in DePaul’s & Xaiver Play4Kay Games In addition to their own Pink game, Creighton will also be the opponent for DePaul (Feb. 9) and Xavier (Feb. 18)during its respective Play4Kay Pink contests. The Bluejays will wear their pink uniforms at DePaul and at home against Providence on Feb. 15, but will only wear pink shoes at Xavier.
Pink Game Tops 1,500 Fans for a Season-High Creighton’s Annual Pink Game to support Breast Cancer Awareness yielded a season-high 1,591 fans as the Bluejays defeated Providence, 85-64.
The first 1,000 Bluejay fans received a complimentary pink t-shirt courtesy of Alegent Creighton Health and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. In addition Bluejay players wore pink jerseys and warm up shooting shirts in support of the nights events.
All proceeds from fundraising efforts are donated to the American cancer society to be used for local efforts.
Fujan Shines in Win Over Friars Senior McKenzie Fujan topped the 20-point mark for the second time this season and the fifth time in her career with a team-high 25 points in Creighton’s 85-64 win over Providence on Jan. 25. With five games remaining in the regular season, Fujan now has 864 career points.
Windex has Nothing on Creighton With a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over Providence on Feb. 15, the Bluejays topped 50 rebounds in a game for the first time since grabbing 50 in a 66-59 win over Southern Illinois on Jan. 14, 2012.
Janning Becomes First Bluejay Since 2010 to Top 100 Free Throws With a 5-of-6 showing from the charity stripe on Feb. 9 at DePaul, sophomore Marissa Janning became the first Bluejay since 2003 to sink more than 100 free throws in a season. The last Bluejay to top 100 free throws was Megan Neuvirth during the 2009-10 season, she finished with 101. Entering play at Xavier, Janning is 104-of-121.
2004 WNIT Championship Team Honored During halftime of the Feb. 15 game with Providence, Creighton honored its alumnae, specifically awarding plaques to the 2004 WNIT Championship squad to commemorate the 10-year anniversary.
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