Jan. 29, 2014
Tuesday Night Dramas
The best dramas on Tuesday night were not found on prime time television but on the courts of BIG EAST women's basketball teams as both tilts were decided by three points. Taylor Schippers played hero for Butler, sinking a deep three with 13 seconds left to lift the Bulldogs past Providence, 72-69. Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Marissa Janning had the starring role for Creighton, scoring a game-high 28 points, including a pair of free-throws with one second on the clock, as the Bluejays escaped Seton Hall with a 76-73 victory.
Jumping For Janning
Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning jumped from second to first on the season's conference-only scoring ledger after eclipsing the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games. Janning is averaging 20.7 points per game against BIG EAST foes, the lone player in league action to be averaging above 20 points per tilt. Marquette's Katherine Plouffe (19.8) and Georgetown's Andrea White (19.1), both seniors, aren't far behind, however, and both will take the court tonight.
Providence freshman standout Sarah Beal was one assist shy of tying the BIG EAST single-game rookie record on Tuesday night. Beal was credited with dishes on 13 of Providence’s 23 made field goals, the most by any league player this season and most in the conference by any player since Dec. 31, 2012. Providence’s Mandy Saunders established the BIG EAST’s single-game rookie record for dimes on Jan. 12, 1994, racking up 14 helpers against Syracuse. Margaret McKeon of St. John’s owns the conference’s single-game assists record with 18, set on Jan. 16, 1991 against Georgetown.
What's Up For Wednesday
The six BIG EAST teams that did not play Tuesday night all hit the court Wednesday with Georgetown hosting Villanova, Xavier traveling to St. John's and Marquette heading to DePaul. Notable match-ups include the contrasting styles of GU's dominant post players Andrea White and Natalie Butler against VU's undeniable guards, including leading scorer Devon Kane. We'll also be watching the high-scoring Blue Demons, who have eclipsed the 85-point mark in all but two games in the past month. DePaul's opponent on Wednesday, Marquette, has allowed just two teams this season to break 80 points, one of which came in an overtime win. Can St. John's remain hot? The Red Storm have their eyes set on their seventh win in a row with Wednesday's opponent Xavier being the last team to upend them three weeks ago.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Creighton 76, @ Seton Hall 73*
Butler 72, Providence 69*
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Villanova @ Georgetown, 7 p.m.*
Xavier @ St. John’s, 7 p.m*
Marquette @ DePaul, 8 p.m.*
*BIG EAST game
All times Eastern, subject to change