Feb. 2, 2014
Villanova Makes A Statement
Villanova defeated Creighton 68-54 on Saturday afternoon to split the season series with the Bluejays. The Wildcats had struggled against the three teams above them in the standings entering Saturday’s contest, with three of their four BIG EAST losses coming at the hands of Creighton, St. John’s and DePaul. VU made a push towards the top with the win, halting the Bluejays’ winning streak at two games and maintaining a one-game lead on Marquette, which sits in fifth in the conference standings.
St. John's and DePaul maintained their hot streaks on Saturday afternoon as both claimed road victories. The Red Storm defeated Seton Hall for their BIG EAST-leading eighth win in a row, their longest string of consecutive wins since 2011-12. DePaul knocked off Providence for the Blue Demons' sixth consecutive 'W'. DePaul's success streak matches its season high and is its longest in BIG EAST play since 2010-11.
Butler Makes Impressive Debut
Butler made its first appearance of the season on national television on Saturday and earned a 68-54 win at Xavier. Daress McClung scored a game-high 18 points while grabbing eight boards to lead the Bulldogs.
Second Half Spells Victory
After leading Georgetown by 10 at the half, Marquette outscored the Hoyas by 13 over the final 20 minutes. Katherine Plouffe led the second-half effort with 10 points en route to 18 for the game. The Golden Eagles limited the Hoyas to 29 percent shooting in the second stanza after GU made over 57 percent in the first half, while MU shot nearly 43 percent over the final 20 minutes.
Eugeneia McPherson of St. John’s became the sixth active 1,000-point scorer in the BIG EAST this season following her seven-point showing at Seton Hall on Saturday. The fifth-year player for the Red Storm became the 20th St. John’s player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark, scoring her 999th and 1,000th career points on a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining in the second half. Marquette’s Arelsia Morse is the next closest BIG EAST player to reach 1,000 career points, boasting 961 points through Saturday.
DePaul junior guard and BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year was named to the Dawn Staley Award Watch List on Friday. Established in 2013, the Dawn Staley Award recognizes the nation’s best Division I women’s basketball guard. Hrynko was one of 16 named to the list.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Villanova 68, Creighton 54*
DePaul 74, Providence 63*
St. John’s 69, Seton Hall 48*
Marquette 77, Georgetown 54*
Butler 68, Xavier 54*#
*BIG EAST game
#Televised on FOX Sports 2