March 21, 2014
NCAA First/WNIT Second Round
Plouffe’s Big Night
With time winding down in her playing career at Marquette, senior Katherine Plouffe did her best to keep the Golden Eagles’ season alive last night with a program-record 26-rebound showing at Indiana State. Plouffe grabbed 20 caroms off the defensive glass and six off the offensive side to also set a WNIT record. The previous MU standard was 25 set by Pam Suplicki in 1984. With 19 points to boot, Plouffe's 14th double-double of the season and third in as many games helped Marquette advance to the WNIT Second Round where it will face Indiana on Saturday.
Creighton had a statement win on Thursday night at home against Missouri in the WNIT First Round. The Bluejays handed the Tigers their worst loss since Jan. 13, 2013, with a 77-51 win at D.J. Sokol Arena. A trio of Bluejays scored in double figures, including BIG EAST Player of the Year Marissa Janning, who eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark (1,005) with her game-high 19 points. Sarah Nelson chipped in a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds, as CU outshot Missouri 65.4 percent to 25.9 percent in the decisive second half. After trailing by one at the break, Creighton outscored Mizzou 46-19 over the final 20 minutes. The Bluejays will travel to South Dakota State on Sunday for the WNIT Second Round. SDSU ended Butler’s season on Thursday with a 78-61 win.
SHU Win Sets Up Jersey Showdown
Seton Hall advanced to the WNIT Second Round for the third time in program history following its 63-60 home win over American on Thursday night. The Pirates were led by Bra’Shey Ali who tallied an impressive double-double of 18 points and 20 boards. Ali is one of just three BIG EAST players this season to reach the 20-rebound mark and one of two to do it last night. The Pirates’ win earned them a date with Garden State rival Princeton on Sunday evening. The Tigers defeated VCU, 94-76, on Wednesday night to punch their ticket to the next round.
WNIT Wrap Up
Villanova advanced to the second round following its home win over Quinnipiac on Wednesday, while Butler’s season came to a close on Thursday following its setback at South Dakota State. Liz Stratman stuffed the stat sheet in the Bulldogs’ finale, posting 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Seven additional first-round contests are still to be played until the entire second-round field is set.
DePaul and St. John’s will begin NCAA Tournament action on Saturday. The Blue Demons will kick things off at 1:30 p.m. in Durham, N.C., against Oklahoma, while the Red Storm will follow at 6:30 against USC in Knoxville, Tenn. Both games can be seen live on ESPN2. DePaul is 8-10 all-time in NCAA First Round action, last advancing to the Round of 32 in 2012 with a 59-55 win over BYU. St. John’s is 5-3 all-time in the Round of 64, advancing most recently in 2012 when the Red Storm made their way to the Sweet 16 following wins over Creighton (69-67) and Oklahoma (74-70).
Wednesday, March 19
Villanova 74, Quinnipiac 66*
Thursday, March 20
Creighton 77, Missouri 51*
Seton Hall 63, American 60*
South Dakota State 78, Butler 61*
Marquette 63, Indiana State 61*
Saturday, March 22
DePaul vs. Oklahoma, 1:30 p.m.#^
St. John’s vs. USC, 6:30 p.m.#^
Marquette @ Indiana, 7 p.m.*
Sunday, March 23
George Washington at Villanova, 1 p.m.*
Princeton at Seton Hall, 5 p.m.*
Creighton @ South Dakota State, 3 p.m.*
^Televised on ESPN2
All times are Eastern and subject to change