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Sophomore Marissa Janning named BIG EAST WBB Player of the Year
Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

Janning is BIG EAST Player of the Year, Fujan & Nelson All-Conference

OMAHA, Neb. - Sophomore Marissa Janning was named the BIG EAST WBB Player of the Year, while seniors McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors on Wednesday, March 5.

Janning finished the regular season as the BIG EAST scoring champion, posting 548 points in 30 games (18.3 ppg).  Janning also led the BIG EAST in FT% (.861), hitting 124 of 144 attempts, was second overall in three-pointers made (76) and eighth in the league in assists at 3.8 apg (115).  The sophomore guard was one of eight conference players to eclipse the 30-point mark this season and one of just four to do it on multiple occasions, including a league-high point total of 38 against Georgetown on Feb. 5.

Fujan also shared the BIG EAST's top spot for points in a game, dropping 38 on DePaul in Creighton's 86-78 win over the conference champion on Jan. 4. Fujan closed out the regular season third in scoring for the Bluejays with 378 points and is second on the team in three-pointers with 46. 

Nearing the top of Creighton's charts in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and games played, Nelson was dominant once again in her senior season.  She leads Creighton in rebounds (238) with 7.8 per game, is presently second in scoring (12.7 ppg), second in assists (110) and leads the Bluejays with 34 blocked shots this season.  In Tuesday's game with Butler, Nelson became Creighton's all-time leader in blocks with 153 in her career. 

Janning, Fujan and Nelson will lead Creighton into the BIG EAST WBB Tournament on Sunday, March 9 as the #3 seeded Bluejays take on the #6 seed, Butler, at 2:30 pm.  The game can be heard locally on 1180 AM, beginning at 2:15 pm.

BIG EAST Player of the Year: Marissa Janning, Creighton
BIG EAST Coach of the Year: Doug Bruno, DePaul
BIG EAST Sixth-Man Award: Caroline Coyer, Villanova
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year: Liz Stratman, Butler
BIG EAST Most Improved Player: Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award: Eugeneia McPherson, St. John’s
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year: Natalie Butler, Georgetown^
All-BIG EAST First Team
Marissa Janning, Creighton^
Brittany Hrynko DePaul^
Jasmine Penny, DePaul^
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette^
Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s^
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall
Devon Kane, Villanova
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Daress McClung, Butler
McKenzie Fujan, Creighton
Sarah Nelson, Creighton
Natalie Butler, Georgetown
Andrea White, Georgetown
Alexis Harris, Providence
Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Megan Rogowski, DePaul
Liz Stratman, Butler
Amber Thompson, St. John’s
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Jessica January, DePaul^
Natalie Butler, Georgetown^
Faith Woodard, Georgetown^
Sarah Beal, Providence^
Jade Walker, St. John’s
Sidney Cook, Seton Hall
Maddison Blackwell, Xavier
^unanimous selection

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