When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7pm Central
Where: McGrath-Phillips Arena, in Chicago, IL
Audio/Visual: Live video will be available through DePaul's premium streaming service. Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB
It's a battle of third and fourth place in the standings tonight in Lincoln Park. Marquette is coming off a smashing at the hands of Creighton back on Saturday afternoon. We addressed Katie Young's playing time in that game in the recap, and in a bit of good news, Young is listed as a probable starter on Marquette's game notes. Whatever the issue was that limited Marquette's second leading scorer and rebounder to just five minutes against the Bluejays, it's been cleared up.
Creighton was able to shut down Katherine Plouffe on Saturday, limiting her to single digits in scoring for just the second time all season. One would have to figure that the return of Young to the lineup will allow Plouffe a little more space to operate, as defense will have to take both seniors seriously. One thing that Marquette needs to keep a handle on is quite literally their handle on the ball, specifically Cristina Bigica. Over the last three games, the Romanian junior forward is averaging - AVERAGING - 5.7 turnovers per game. She's only had one or zero turnovers in a game three times this season, and as someone averaging 24 minutes per game, that's not working out well for the Golden Eagles.
DePaul is coming in on a four game winning streak. Their only two losses this season in conference action came against Creighton and St. John's, the two teams ahead of them in the Big East standings. The Blue Demons have had three different leading scorers during their winning streak, with Jasmine Penny, Brittany Hrynko, and Megan Rogowski all taking their turn at the top of the stat sheet.
Penny has been the leading scorer on average for the season, chipping in 16.3 points per game. Penny also tears it up on the glass (5.4 rpg), but it's Megan Podkowa that leads the Blue Demons in rebounds with 6.4 caroms per contest. Hrynko is DePaul's assist leader at 5.7 per game, but the junior guard is also prone to turnovers: She has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.6/1.