The Creighton Women’s Basketball Team (14-16, 7-10 Big East) will begin the Big East Tournament in Chicago on Saturday March, 5th. They will face the Providence Friars in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
Creighton will enter the tournament with an unfamiliar starting lineup. The situation worsened for the Jays when they lost their two star players, Marissa Janning and Brianna Rollerson, who both went down with leg injuries. Rollerson broke her foot in practice on November 5th, 2015. Ten days later, Janning broke her fibula against Eastern Washington on November 15th.
Due to these injuries, other players were forced to step into major roles for the Bluejays. Jade Owens, the next point guard after Janning, became the leader of the team. Owens, a sophomore from River Forest, Illinois, averaged 6.9 points per game (PPG) and 3.6 assist per game (APG). She fulfilled her responsibilities as a leader, which is not typical for an underclassman.
Having a breakout season as a freshman, power forward Aubrey Faber led the Jays in scoring at 13.1 PPG and 4.7 rebounds per game (RPG). From the forward position, she led the Jays in three-point shooting percentage at 41%. The success Faber has seen this season lessened the hit the Jays took after the lost of Roberson, who was their leading post player.
With the addition of these two players to the already-established Sydney Lamberty, who made the all-rookie team as a freshman last season, the potential for a more solid season is promising. An added bonus is Janning receiving a medical redshirt, which will allow her to return next year to play her full senior season.