When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sokol Arena
TV: Fox Sports 1
DEPAUL (22-7, 14-2)
F Jessica January, 5-7, Jr., 13.4
C Jacqui Grant, 6-3, Jr., 8.1
G Chanise Jenkins, 5-5, Sr., 15.4
G Brooke Schulte, 5-9, Jr., 8.7
G Megan Podkowa, 6-2, Sr., 14.8
CREIGHTON (13-14, 7-8)
F Audrey Faber, 6-2, Fr., 13.6
F Bailey Norby, 6-2, So., 4.1
G Jade Owens, 5-6, So., 6.7
G MC McGrory, 5-8, Jr., 11.7
G Sydney Lamberty, 5-10, So., 8.4
Scouting DePaul: The No. 21 Blue Demons clinched their third straight Big East title with Friday’s win over Providence. DePaul ranks seventh nationally in scoring, averaging 80.8 points per game, and also is third in assists (21.4), 12th in 3-point baskets (8.8) and 20th in field-goal percentage (45.4). Senior Chanise Jenkins leads the Big East with 5.7 assists per game while averaging 15.4 points. Megan Podkowa also is a conference leader: She’s made 52 percent of her 3-point attempts. Jessica January is another double-figure scorer (13.4). In the first meeting with Creighton, Jenkins, Podkowa and January combined for 43 points and shot 17 of 27 from the field. Creighton must limit its turnovers against DePaul’s pressure: The Blue Demons are forcing an average of 16.1 per game.
Scouting Creighton: The Bluejays picked up a confidence-boosting win Friday over Marquette, but now face a closing three-game stretch against the top three teams in the league (DePaul, Seton Hall and St. John’s). Creighton’s 83 points against the Golden Eagles were its most in Big East play and its most since the Bluejays scored 91 in a late-November win over East Carolina. Creighton had scored 53, 44, 52, 55 and 59 points in its previous five games. The Bluejays can finish no worse than eighth in the league, and enter Sunday just two games out of third. Sophomore point guard Jade Owens is coming off one of her best games as a Bluejay, with 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against Marquette. Sophomore guard Sydney Lamberty also flirted with a triple-double against Marquette, finishing with 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
Opening tips: DePaul brings a season-high six-game winning streak into Sunday’s game. ... The teams’ first two meetings in Omaha have produced plenty of offense. Creighton won 86-78 two seasons ago as CU’s McKenzie Fujan scored 38 points. DePaul won 78-76 last season, with Brittany Hrynko scoring 33 points. ... Creighton will honor its only departing senior, Tessa Leytem, with a postgame ceremony.