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Creighton Hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
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Just One Game off the Pace, Bluejays' WBB Hosts Seton Hall

OMAHA, Neb. - Just one game back of BIG EAST leaders, DePaul and St. John's, the Creighton women's basketball team hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:05 pm.

2/26: - 7:05 p.m. (CT)
Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8 BE) at Creighton (17-10, 11-4 BE)

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Series History: Creighton leads, 1-0

Seton Hall vs Creighton Series:
St. John’s and Creighton will meet for the second time this season and overall on Wednesday.  Creighton claimed the first meeting, 76-73, on Jan. 28 in New Jersey.

Series with Seton Hall - Home: 0-0  Away: 1-0  Neutral: 0-0
Date    Result    Score/Site
1/28/14    W    76-73 in South Orange, N.J.

First Meeting: Creighton 76, Seton Hall 73 (1-28-14)
In a game that came down to the final minute, Creighton and Seton Hall battled through 15 lead changes (including eight in the second half).

Down 4-0 in the opening moments, the Bluejays appeared to seize control of the game with a 12-0 run. Janning knocked down a pull-up jumped to get Creighton on the board, then junior Sammy Jensen delivered from long-range to give the Bluejays their first lead of the game (5-4).  Senior McKenzie Fujan put a layup and a 12-foot jumper around a trey from Janning to make it 12-4 with 13:47 remaining in the first half.

Coming out of the first media timeout, Seton Hall scored and forced Creighton into three consecutive turnovers to knot the game at 12-12 in just 58 seconds.  The Pirates’ run didn’t stop until Seton Hall held a 19-14 lead (10:34).

Creighton responded with eight straight to reclaim the lead, 22-19.  The two teams battled back and forth through the remainder of the period.  Trailing 27-26 with just over three minutes remaining, Creighton made a final push to take a 36-32 lead in at the break.

After trading shots through the first ten minutes of the second half, Creighton used an 11-3 run to claim the lead for good. Seton Hall closed the gap to 62-60, but back-to-back three-balls from Fujan and Janning appeared to put the game out of reach with 2:56 showing on the clock.

Once more the Pirates made it a one possession game with a 5-0 run, but Janning delivered a running layup to put Creighton back up five (70-65) with 1:29 remaining.  Fujan hit four free-throws down the stretch to secure the win.

About Seton Hall

  • Located in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Founded in 1856.
  • Seton Hall has an enrollment of 11,689.
  • Known as the Pirates.
  • Seton Hall finished 2012-13 with an
  • 11-20 record and a 5-11 mark in the BIG EAST.  
  • Seton Hall returns 11 letterwinners from last season, including two starters (Brown and Morris).
  • The Pirates were picked to finish tenth in BIG EAST in the preseason poll, yet Seton Hall is 7-8 in confernece play.

Seton Hall Head Coach: Anthony Bozzella (Seton Hall, 1989)

  • Bozzella is out to a 16-10 start in his career at Seton Hall. His career record is 322-328 in 22 seasons as a head coach.
  • Bozzella came to Seton Hall after 11 seasons at Iona College.
  • With the Gaels, Bozzella led Iona to three 20+ win seasons, including a 20-13 mark in 2012-13.  
  • A Seton Hall graduate, Bozzella led Long Island University to the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

Scouting Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8 BIG EAST)
Picked to finish last in the BIG EAST, it is safe to say that Seton Hall has been the surprise of the 2013-14 season to this point.  

First year head coach Anthony Bozzella got the Pirates off to a 7-1 start, dropping only a road contest at No. 21 South Carlonia, 88-67.  The best win of the season for the Pirates came on Jan. 11, when Seton Hall upset Villanova in a road contest (64-56).

The Pirates enter Wednesday’s contest with the Bluejays with three wins in their last four, downing Georgetown, Providence and Marquette. In the win over Marquette, Seton Hall overcame a 10-point in the final five minutes to claim a 90-86 win in overtime on Feb. 22.

Seton Hall is led by Tabatha Smith-Richardson and Ka-Deidre Simmons, who average a combined 34.0 ppg.  The Pirates are strong on the glass (42.9 rebounds per game) and average 11.1 steals per game in BIG EAST play.  

Keys to the Game w/Seton Hall:

  • Ball Security: Creighton has done a very good job taking care of the ball this season (12.7 turnovers per game keeps the Bluejays in the top-25 of the NCAA), however this skill will be tested by the Pirates.  The Bluejays cannot allow Seton Hall (average 11.1 steals per game in conference play) additional possessions with poor ball handling.
  • Battle on the Boards: Creighton outrebounded Seton Hall 44-to-42 in the first meeting.  The Bluejays, however, allowed 19 offensive boards to the Pirates.  The result was 14 more shots for Seton Hall.  That number must go down.
  • Avoid Lapses:  Seton Hall is a team that feeds off its opponent’s mistakes, shown by the Pirate ability to rally against Marquette.  Creighton must remain focussed throughout the game with Seton Hall.

Home Conference Win Streak Now 18
Creighton’s move to the BIG EAST has had no effect on the way the Bluejays play at home.  Simply put Creighton doesn’t lose at home to conference opposition.  With the 65-62 win over #22 St. John’s on Feb. 23, Creighton has won its last 18 games in D.J. Sokol Arena against
conference opponents.  The Bluejays last conference loss at home was on Feb 4, 2012 to Missouri State, 63-55.  Creighton has had two longer home
conference win streaks.

1. 28 straight from 2/9/01 - 2/15/04
2. 22 straight from 1/11/91 - 3/9/93

Cracking the Code of the Ranked
After opening his career 1-17 against opponents ranked in the AP top-25, coach Flanery has won three of his last six meetings with ranked opponents.  He holds a 4-20 record in 24 contests.  Creighton’s win over #22 St. John’s, 65-63, gives the Bluejays two straight wins over ranked opponents in D.J. Sokol Arena, downing #25 Nebraska 66-57 on Dec. 5, 2012.

Flanery’s victorys vs. AP Top-25
Date    Result    Opponent
2/2/08    W, 75-71     at #24 Illinois State
12/5/12    W, 66-57    vs. #25 Nebraska
3/23/13    W, 61-56    vs. #22 Syracuse
2/23/14    W, 65-62    vs. #22 St. John’s

BIG EAST Championship In Reach
At 11-4 with three games remaining in conference play, the Bluejays are just one game back of BIG EAST leaders, DePaul & St. John’s (12-3).  Those two teams meet on Saturday, March 1.  Although Creighton would need a little help, if the Bluejays win their final three games, a BIG EAST title remains within reach.  

Enter the final two weeks of the regular-season, five teams remain alive alive for the chase of the championship as Villanova and Marquette both have an outside chance.

Familiar Setting
At this point in the 2012-13 season, Creighton was 21-6, but the Bluejays remained on the bubble for ESPN’s Bracketologist Charle Creme.  As Creighton was last season, Creme has the Bluejays as the first team out in the 2/24 Bracketology.

Winning Season
Creighton’s win over #22 St. John’s on Feb. 23 guaranteed the Bluejays would post a
winning season for the seventh consecutive season and the 10th time in head coach Jim Flanery’s 12 seasons.

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