Dec. 29, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. – BIG EAST play officially began on Saturday with a trio of league games, in addition to the four non-conference tilts that also took place this weekend. Marquette, St. John’s and Creighton all collected BIG EAST wins to open league competition.
In the first conference game of the season, St. John’s earned a hard-fought home win over visiting Seton Hall, 72-63, at Carnesecca Arena. Briana Johnson had a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight boards in the Red Storm’s winning effort. The top-two scorers in the conference, Tabatha Richardson-Smith of Seton Hall and Aliyyah Handford of St. John’s, were limited to just nine and four points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles won their fourth game in a row with a 61-59 edging of Butler on Saturday. The lead changed hands 15 times and the score was tied seven times. Neither team scored in the final 1:54 as Lauren Tibbs’ go-ahead jumper was the last bucket of the game. Tibbs finished with 11 points.
Playing its first BIG EAST game, Creighton ended Villanova’s five-game road winning streak with a 65-58 win. Marissa Janning, McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson combined for 51 of Creighton’s 65 points. Janning had a game-high 19 points.
Other notable performances include Georgetown’s Natalie Butlter, who scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds at Florida on Saturday. DePaul clocked its league-leading fifth win in a row thanks in part to Jasmine Penny’s 29-point showing at Bradley on Sunday. Penny’s scoring total was the highest by a BIG EAST player this weekend as she went 13-of-14 from the floor.
NR/RV Florida 67, Georgetown 65 (OT)
St. John’s 72, Seton Hall 63*
Creighton 65, Villanova 58*
Marquette 61, Butler 59*
RV/NR Indiana 62, Xavier 55
Boston College 80, Providence 71
RV/RV DePaul 91, Bradley 67