Jan. 16, 2014
The Friars Beal-ieve
Providence put their faith in freshman guard Sarah Beal on Wednesday night and Beal delivered, leading the Friars to their first BIG EAST win of the season. PC defeated Georgetown 70-61 behind Beal's stat-sheet-stuffing performance of 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. The win halted an 11-game losing skid in league play by the Friars and a 12-game setback streak to the Hoyas.
Five Bluejays scored in double figures as Creighton defeated Xavier on Wednesday night, 79-50. Coming off a 34-point showing on Saturday, Marissa Janning went for a game-high 29 against the Musketeers, draining 11-of-17 shots. Janning is averaging over 21 points per game against BIG EAST foes, leading the Bluejays who sit atop the conference standings with a 5-1 league mark.
Do It For The Kids
St. John's hosted its fourth annual Field Trip Day on Wednesday, tipping off at 11:30 a.m. against Butler in front of over 4,000 fans from various New York City elementary schools. The Red Storm and Bulldogs put on a show, with the hometown favorite earning a 58-55 win after Butler battled back from a second-half 20-point deficit.
Phenomenal In Philly
Villanova defeated Penn on Wednesday night 55-54 to wrap up non-conference play as well as the season series against its Philadelphia Big 5 foes. The Wildcats finished 3-1 against teams from the City of Brotherly Love, improving to 103-36 all-time against Big 5 teams, to lead all Philly squads.
With Villanova's win over Penn on Wednesday, non-conference play has come to a close for BIG EAST teams. The league went a combined 71-43 (.623) against non-conference competition, boasting .500 or better records against 21 of 28 Division I conferences faced this season.
St. John's 58, Butler 55*
Providence 70, Georgetown 61*
Villanova 55, Penn 54
Creighton 79, Xavier 50*
*BIG EAST game