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Women’s basketball returns home to face Seton Hall


Omaha, Neb. — Creighton’s women’s basketball team returns to the court on Friday, January 14, beginning a five-game, 10-day series as the Bluejays take on Seton Hall at DJ Sokol Arena at 6:30 p.m.

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Series with Seton Hall: Bluejays lead 12-5
Home: 5-2 Away: 5-3 Neutral: 2-0

Creighton holds a 12-5 advantage over the Pirates, with wins in the last three meetings. The Bluejays at 5-2 against the Pirates in Omaha, earning a 78-66 victory over Seton Hall on February 16, 2020.

Game-by-Game Series
Date Opponent Score

1/28/14 at Seton Hall W, 76-73
2/26/14 Seton Hall W, 70-50
12/3/14 Seton Hall L, 74-79
2/8/15 at Seton Hall W, 81-73
12/29/15 Seton Hall L, 82-86
2/28/16 at Seton Hall L, 71-77
3/5/16 @ª vs. Seton Hall W, 77-56
1/22/17 at Seton Hall W, 70-60 (ot)
2/17/17 Seton Hall W, 61-44
1/2/18 at Seton Hall W, 68-51
01/28/18 Seton Hall W, 81-64 (ot)
1/11/19 at Seton Hall L, 75-82
2/10/19 Seton Hall W, 80-71
1/17/20 at Seton Hall L, 70-82
2/16/20 Seton Hall W, 78-66
2/13/21 at Seton Hall W, 77-76 (ot)
3/6/21 ^ª vs. Seton Hall W, 83-76

ª = BIG EAST Tournament Game
@ = played in Chicago, Illinois.
^ = played in Uncasville, Conn.

Scouting Seton Hall (6-6, 1-3 BIG EAST)
Seton Hall was sidelined for two weeks, his last appearance in a game at Villanova on December 31.

The Pirates come to Omaha with a diverse quartet of scoring options led by Andra Espinoza-Hunter’s 17.6 ppg. Lauren Park-Lane is a small step back at 17.3 points per game. Rounding out the Pirates by double digits, Sidney Cooks at 14.4 ppg and Mya Jackson at 10.7 ppg.

Seton Hall can score at elite level, but they’ve been a bit lacking. The Pirates are allowing 71.2 points per game this season. One particular area where Seton Hall has been challenged is bouncing back. The Pirates are allowed 40.9 rebounds per game.

Scouting Creighton (10-4, 5-1 BE)
The Bluejays have got off to a good start this season thanks in part to Creighton’s ability to be a chameleon. The Bluejays have proven adept at winning in a variety of ways, from hitting the ball into the paint to connecting from long range.

One of the keys to Creighton’s success is sharing the basketball, the Bluejays are averaging 19.0 assists per game to rank ninth in the NCAA.

A trio of sophomores lead the way in Creighton with Emma Ronsiek leads the way to 12.2 ppg. Just one step back is Morgan Maly (12.0 ppm) and Lauren Jensen (10.6 ppm).

Defensively, the Bluejays have managed to bounce back and create more pressure on the ball this season. The Bluejays are averaging 36.6 rebounds and 14.9 turnovers per game.

Another strength of Creighton this season has been his depth. The Bluejay bench has outclassed the
opposing bench in 11 games, building a 158-point advantage.

Game Keys on Friday, January 14

  • Transition defence: Seton Hall will try to speed up the Bluejays, forcing ball rotations live on defense and using speed to disrupt Creighton’s defence.
  • Three-point shooting: Creighton went 5 for 25 from beyond the arc, the second time this season the Bluejays have been held under seven treys. While not as reliant on the three-pointer, the Bluejays need to connect 7-10 times.
  • Answer: Creighton has responded to every loss this season with at least one win. This trend will need to continue for the Bluejays to achieve their goals.

Players to watch for Creighton: Morgan Maly and Emma Ronsiek:

Maly was instrumental in the Bluejays’ 77-76 overtime victory last season at New Jersey. In two games against the Pirates last season, she had 38 points and 18 rebounds. Ronsiek, meanwhile, will need to provide strength to Creighton in the paint, both on the glass and offensively.

The Bluejays face a third consecutive BIG EAST foe after a break
Friday’s game against the Pirates will be Creighton’s third straight game against a BIG EAST foe coming out of a Covid break. The Bluejays were the opener for Marquette and the Connecticut No. 11, while Xavier (Jan. 2) was limited to seven players in the Bluejays win.

Battle of Butler postponed to January 19
The BIG EAST women’s basketball game between Creighton and Butler has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. (CT) in Indianapolis. Originally scheduled for December 31, the game was postponed due to Covid-related issues within the Butler program.