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The Creighton women's basketball team makes its second trip to the East, heading to New Jersey to face Seton Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
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Creighton WBB Heads East to Face Seton Hall

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team makes its second trip to the East, heading to New Jersey to face Seton Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

1/28: - 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Creighton (12-8, 6-2 BIG EAST) at Seton Hall (13-5, 4-3 BIG EAST)
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Series History: First Meeting

Last Time Out: W, 83-64 vs. Marquette, 1-25-14
Four players posted double-figures, led by 23 from Marissa Janning, as the Creighton women’s basketball team led start to finish against Marquette in their 83-64 win.

The win extended the Bluejays’ home conference winning streak to 14 game, while Creighton moved to 12-8 this season and 6-2 in BIG EAST action.  Marquette fell to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

The Bluejays and Golden Eagles spent the opening moments feeling each other out. Creighton opened the game with a three-ball from Janning, but Marquette tied the game at 3-3.  Knotted at 11-11, Creighton took control behind with a 9-2 burst.  Senior Jordan Garrison opened the run with a three-pointer from the right wing, following a Marquette layup Janning dropped another trey from deep and freshman Brianna Rollerson delivered a traditional three-point play to make it 20-13 (12:54).

Marquette trimmed Creighton’s advantage to five at 22-17, but junior Sammy Jensen took control.  The Iowa native scored seven straight Creighton points to push the Bluejays out to a double-digit advantage, 29-19.  Jensen nailed a three-pointer from the left wing to make it 25-17, after two Golden Eagle free throws, Jensen answered with four free throws on consecutive possessions to make it 29-19.  Creighton run grew to 11-2 as Rollerson and Janning each converted driving layups to push the Bluejays lead to 33-19 (5:36).

Creighton led by as much as 19 (42-23 at the 2:21 mark) and took a 44-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bluejays lead grew to as much as 22 (59-37 - 13:52) early in the second half, but Marquette trimmed the gap to 13 with just under six minutes remaining at 70-57.  The Bluejays put the game out of reach via a 7-0 run as Janning sandwiched layups around a trifecta by senior McKenzie Fujan.

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

Creighton vs. Seton Hall Series:
Creighton and Seton Hall will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The two squads battle in Omaha on Feb. 26.

About Seton Hall
  • Located in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Founded in 1856.
  • Seton Hall has an enrollment of 11,689.
  • Known as the Pirates.
  • Seton Hall finished 2012-13 with an
  • 11-20 record and a 5-11 mark in the BIG EAST.  
  • Seton Hall returns 11 letterwinners from last season, including two starters (Brown and Morris).
  • The Pirates were picked to finish tenth in BIG EAST in the preseason poll, yet Seton Hall is off to a 4-3 start in confernece play.
Seton Hall Head Coach: Anthony Bozzella (Seton Hall, 1989)
  • Bozzella is out to a 13-5 start in his career at Seton Hall. His career record is 321-323 in 22 seasons as a head coach.
  • Bozzella came to Seton Hall after 11 seasons at Iona College.
  • With the Gaels, Bozzella led Iona to three 20+ win seasons, including a 20-13 mark in 2012-13.  
  • A Seton Hall graduate, Bozzella led Long Island University to the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

Scouting Seton Hall (13-5, 4-3 BIG EAST)
Picked to finish last in the BIG EAST, it is safe to say that Seton Hall has been the surprise of the 2013-14 season to this point.  

First year head coach Anthony Bozzella got the Pirates off to a 7-1 start, dropping only a road contest at No. 21 South Carlonia, 88-67.  

The best win of the season for the Pirates came on Jan. 11, when Seton Hall upset Villanova in a road contest (64-56).

The Pirates enter the contest with the Bluejays on a three-game winning streak, downing Georgetown, Xavier and Providence in the last three games. In the win over Providence, Seton Hall overcame a 16-point second half deficit.

Seton Hall is led by Tabatha Smith-Richardson and Ka-Deidre Simmons, who average a combined 34.8 ppg.  Like Marquette, the Pirates are strong on the glass (46.1 rebounds per game) and average 11.9 steals per game in BIG EAST play.  

Keys to the Game w/Seton Hall:

  • Ball Security: Creighton has done a very good job taking care of the ball this season (12.8 turnovers per game keeps the Bluejays in the top-25 of the NCAA), however this skill will be tested by the Pirates.  The Bluejays cannot allow Seton Hall additional possessions with poor ball handling.
  • Finding a Level of Consistency in Offensive Execution: Creighton shot 33% and 27% in its two BIG EAST losses, while the Bluejays have average 49.7% from the field in their six conference victories.  
  • Battle on the Boards: As it was against Marquette, rebounding must be a focus for Creighton against Seton Hall.  The Pirates average 41.7 rebounds per game in BIG EAST action, including 18 offensive boards per game.  The Bluejays must limit Seton Hall’s ability to score easy second-chance buckets.

Home Conference Winning Streak Grows to 14
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 83-64 win over Marquette on Jan. 25, Creighton has won its last 14 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.

Proud Brianna Keep on Burning
Freshman Brianna Rollerson became the first Bluejay since 2010 to record a double-double as a freshman, grabbing 10 rebounds and 12 points in the Jays’ 83-64 win over Marquette on Jan. 25.  

The last Bluejay to post a double-double as a freshman was Sarah Nelson with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss at North Carolina State on Nov. 13, 2010.

Janning Earns BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sophomore Marissa Janning was named the BIG EAST women’s basketball player of the week on Monday, Jan. 27.  The award is for games played during the week of Jan. 20-26, which saw Creighton win its only game over Marquette.

Janning stuffed the stat sheet in the Bluejays’ 83-64 win over Marquette on Saturday, Jan. 25. Janning scored a game-high 23 points in 30 minutes of action while dishing out a career-high eight assists and grabbing three boards.

The sophomore guard made over 47 percent (10-21) of her attempts from the floor while committing just one turnover against a Golden Eagles squad which forces nearly 16 miscues per game.

This is the first weekly honor captured by the Bluejays during the 2013-14 season.

Bluejays Dishing Out the Extra Pass
Over their past two home games the Bluejays have twice dished out a combined 43 assists to fuel wins over Marquette (83-64 on Jan. 25) and over Xavier (79-50) on Jan. 15.  led by a career-high eight helpers from Marissa Janning, the Bluejays posted a season-high 22 assists against Marquette.  Against Xavier an impressive a total of 10 different players posted at least one assist.

Bluejay Fans Come Alive in the BIG EAST
Creighton fans are noticing the play of the Bluejay women’s team and joining the party in increasing fashion.  Since BIG EAST play began on Dec. 28, Creighton has posted four consecutive crowds of at least 1,000.  Since topping four digits (1,030) against Villanova, the crowd for Creighton’s next three contests has steadily grown.  The crowd of 1,361 that saw Creighton best Marquette on Jan. 25 was the largest crowd since the Bluejays downed Nebraska on Dec. 5, 2012 (1,644).

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