Women's Basketball Preview: Villanova at CU

Creighton opens BIG EAST play on Saturday when the conference-leading Wildcats head to town.

After going 2-1 in the Duel in the Desert last weekend in Las Vegas, the Creighton Bluejays (6-6) host the Villanova Wildcats (9-1) to open BIG EAST play on Saturday at home.

It will mark the Jays inaugural game in the new conference.

Facing the conference leaders to open conference play won't be an easy task for CU, but after a non-conference slate that featured South Dakota State, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, BYU, Oregon State and Clemson, a tough opponent should be no surprise.

About Villanova:
Last season, the Wildcats finished 21-11 and 9-7 in the BIG EAST, which included a trip to the NCAA tournament. Two starters are part of seven letter winners to return from the 2012-13 team. The Wildcats were picked fourth in the preseason conference poll. VU is coached by Henry Perretta, who's in his 36th season with the Wildcats. He's 647-405 in his career, including 10 trips to the NCAA tournament and 11 postseason appearances in the last 14 seasons. He is one of just 35 coaches in women's basketball with 600 wins in addition to being one of 22 at the division one level to do so. He's also only the seventh coach in the women's game to win 600 games at one school.

Anticipated Starters:
Creighton:
#5 Sammy Jensen (5-11, Jr., Ames, IA) 2 PPG/1.6 RPG/22.9 FG%/0.0 FT%
#11 McKenzie Fujan (5-11, Sr., Weston, NE) 8.8 PPG/3.4 RPG/37.5 FG%/61.9 FT%
#23 Marissa Janning (5-8, So., Watertown, MN) 15.8 PPG/4.8 RPG/32.3 FG%/87.5 FT%
#42 Sarah Nelson (6-0, Sr., Omaha, NE) 12.7 PPG/6.3 RPG/46.0 FG%/65.6 FT%
#55 Alyssa Kamphaus (6-3, Sr., Seward, NE) 4.3 PPG/4.8 RPG/50.0 FG%/50.0 FT%

Villanova:
#21 Lauren Buford (6-0, Jr., Fairfax, VA) 10.4 PPG/3.4 RPG/48.6 FG%/84.6 FT%
#22 Devon Kane (5-9, Sr., Springfield, PA) 11.4 PPG/2.9 RPG/54.4 FG%/70.0 FT%
#32 Samantha Wilkes (6-1, Fr., Fair Lawn, N.J.) 2.9 PPG/1.4 RPG/46.2 FG%/28.6 FT%
#35 Kavunaa Edwards (6-0, So., Pickerington, Ohio) 5.0 PPG/6.4 RPG/34.5 FG%/25.0 FT%
#55 Emily Leer (6-2, Jr., Glenside, PA) 10.3 PPG/3.2 RPG/43.3 FG%/66.7 FT%

BIG EAST Standings As of 12/27/13:
1. Villanova (9-1)
2. Marquette (9-2)
3. Seton Hall (8-2)
4. DePaul (8-3)
5. St. John's (6-4)
6. Georgetown (6-5)
7. Providence (5-5)
8. Creighton (6-6)
9. Butler (5-6)
10. Xavier (5-6)

Broadcast Information: The game can be heard on 1180 am Zone2 with Brad Burwell handling the play-by-play and former Jay Carly Tritz handling the color analyst. Stats will be available for free by going to GoCreighton.com, video of the game is also available for purchase. Fans can also follow along on Twitter with @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB and @BluejayReport.

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