Jan. 3, 2014
WBB Release - 1.3.14
NEW YORK, N.Y. – We’re just one week into the BIG EAST schedule but already an important game looms on the women’s basketball docket on Saturday. Winning its first two games in league play, Creighton will host RV/NR DePaul on Saturday, with the Blue Demons carrying a six-game winning streak into D.J. Sokol Arena. The tilt will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. local.
The Bluejays are coming off BIG EAST wins over Villanova (65-58 on Dec. 28) and Georgetown (65-63 in overtime on Jan. 1.). DePaul is riding the hot hand of reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Jasmine Penny, who has led the Blue Demons in scoring the past three games and shot a lights-out 85.7 percent in the two most-recent contests, averaging 28 points per game in that span. DePaul defeated Xavier on Wednesday in its lone league game thus far.
St. John’s is another squad that will look to keep rolling on Saturday. The Red Storm is undefeated (3-0) since the return of senior Eugeneia McPherson into the starting rotation. McPherson missed the majority of last season after suffering an injury and was the St. John’s No. 3 scorer in 2011-12, when the Red Storm made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16. St. John’s will travel to Xavier for the Saturday nightcap, with the Musketeers aiming to halt a four-game skid.
A pair of recent additions has breathed new life into the Seton Hall program as well, with Alexis Brown back on the court after missing the first nine games and redshirt-freshman Sidney Cook coming into her own as a starter of eight contests. The two rank third and fourth, respectively, on the team in scoring, while Tabatha Richardson-Smith remains the BIG EAST’s leading scorer at 19.3 points per game. SHU (0-1) will host Butler (1-1) in the first game on the schedule on Saturday, slated for a noon tipoff.
Eyeing their first BIG EAST wins of the season are Providence (0-1) and Georgetown (0-1). Both will face teams with 1-1 conference marks, with the Friars traveling to Villanova and the Hoyas hosting Marquette. GU has lost consecutive overtime games, both by just two points, while the Friars have been edged by single digits in their two latest contests. The Wildcats handed the Golden Eagles their lone BIG EAST setback of the year, ending MU’s four-game winning streak.
Butler @ Seton Hall, Noon*
Providence @ Villanova, 2 p.m.*
Marquette @ Georgetown, 4 p.m.*
RV/NR DePaul @ Creighton, 5 p.m.*^
St. John’s @ Xavier, 7 p.m.*
*BIG EAST game
^Aired nationally on FOX Sports 1