Jan. 12, 2014
Creighton had the hottest team shooting performance of the season thus far on Saturday, connecting on 61.7 percent of its attempts. The Bluejays made 37-of-60 shots, including a 13-of-17 (.765) clip by Marissa Janning. Janning scored a game-high 34 points, second only to teammate McKenzie Fujan (38 vs. DePaul, 1/4/14) for the BIG EAST 2013-14 season high. Hours later, St. John’s posted the second-best shooting performance of the season, making 60.3 percent (35-58) of its shots at DePaul. Danaejah Grant made 70 percent (7-10) of her shots, scoring 16 points in 17 minutes.
Rising To The Top
With Villanova’s 64-56 setback to Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon, Creighton had the opportunity to separate itself atop the BIG EAST standings with a win at Providence. The Bluejays defeated the Friars 97-65 to improve to 4-1 in league play and take the No. 1 spot in the conference standings.
A Sigh Of Relief
Seton Hall and Georgetown can breathe a sigh of relief on Saturday evening after both collected their first BIG EAST wins of the season. The Hoyas defeated Butler 85-79 for their highest scoring output against a BIG EAST opponent since Jan. 24, 2009, when GU tallied an 86-68 win over USF. The Pirates, who lost their first two league games by single-digit margins, won at Villanova 64-56 in a game nationally televised on FOX Sports 2. Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a career-high 25 points to lead SHU.
Daily Player Highs
Five BIG EAST players notched double-doubles on Saturday afternoon, including the 12th by conference leader Natalie Butler of Georgetown. Butler tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds against the Butler Bulldogs, while teammate Andrea White scored 25 points and snagged 10 boards. Xavier’s Jenna Crittendon (14 points, 10 rebounds) recorded her first double-double in BIG EAST play and third overall in the Musketeers’ setback to Marquette, while Amber Thompson of St. John’s had a double-double for the second consecutive game with 13 points, 10 rebounds at DePaul. Seton Hall’s Bra’Shey Ali rounded out the notable performances with a weekend-high 16 rebounds to go along with 10 points at Villanova.
Scorer: Marissa Janning, Creighton: 34 points
Rebounds: Bra’Shey Ali, Seton Hall: 16 rebounds
Assists: Eugeneia McPherson, St. John’s and Chanise Jenkins, DePaul: 8 assists
Steals: Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall: 5 steals
Blocks: Jasmine Penny, DePaul: 4 blocks
Georgetown 85, Butler 79
Creighton 97, Providence 65*
Marquette 73, Xavier 67*
Seton Hall 64, NR/RV Villanova 56*^
St. John’s 96, DePaul 86*
*BIG EAST game
^Aired live on FOX Sports 2