The Creighton women’s basketball schedule was finalized on Tuesday with the revealing of its 18 Big East conference games.
Creighton opens its Big East schedule with back-to-back home games against Butler on Dec. 28 and Xavier on Dec. 30.
Creighton will have four televised games this season: Jan. 2 at Marquette, Jan. 27 vs. DePaul and Feb. 24 at Xavier will air live on Fox Sports 1, while the Jays’ Feb. 3 game at Xavier will be on Fox Sports 2.
The Bluejays will host defending Big East regular-season champion DePaul on Jan. 27 and 2016 Big East tournament champion St. John’s on Feb. 19.
The Bluejays will be looking for revenge on the Red Storm, who ended Creighton’s run in the Big East Tournament last season, defeating the Jays 50-37 in the championship game — leaving Creighton one game short of earning an NCAA Tournament bid.
Creighton will end its conference season on a two-game road trip, facing off against Xavier on Feb. 24 and Butler on Feb. 26.
The Jays will then have a week of preparation before heading to the 2017 Big East women’s basketball tournament hosted by Marquette in Milwaukee on March 4 through March 7.
The Bluejays finished last season with 17-18 record overall. They finished 7th in the Big East after playing to a 8-10 record in their conference schedule.
After their run in the Big East tournament, the Jays were awarded a bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Creighton’s run postseason was short-lived, however, after losing to South Dakota in the opening round of the WNIT.
Creighton returns 14 of 15 players from last season. All five starters from last season also return, including star guard Marissa Janning.
After being named the 2014-15 Big East player of the year, Janning was sidelined early in the 2015-16 season after suffering a fractured fibula in her left leg, forcing her to sit out for the year.
Fortunately for the Bluejays, the NCAA awarded Janning a medical hardship waiver, allowing her to return to the court as a fifth-year senior this fall.
Creighton begins it's season on Nov. 3 as they host Fort Hayes State.