Omaha, Nebraska — The No. 21 Blue Jays women’s basketball team will wrap up 2022 in Chicago with Clayton playing DePaul on Dec. 31 at 3:00 p.m. at Fox.
Series with DePaul: Bluejays Trail 16-6
Home: 2-8 Away: 4-8 Neutral: 0-0
Series Game by Game
Opponent Score Date
March 8, 1984, at DePaul L, 56-63
12/15/87 DePaul W, 84-71
15 January 1989, in DePaul L, 65-76
1/4/14 DePaul W, 86-78
2/9/14 DePaul L, 66-80
At DePaul L, 71-96, January 23, 2015
02/20/2015 DePaul L, 76-78
On Jan 22, 2016, #24 DePaul L, 63-81
02/21/2016 #21 DePaul L, 52-78
On Jan 4, 2017, #23 DePaul L, 65-79
1/27/17 # 21 DePaul L, 56-60
1/10/18 DePaul L, 54-82
Feb 2, 2018 at DePaul L, 67-77
12/29/18 by #19 DePaul W, 85-82
3/3/19 DePaul L, 67-74
Mar 11, 2019 $ ª vs. DePaul L, 69-80
1/5/20 #16 DePaul L, 71-74
Jan 31, 2020, #11 DePaul W, 63-61
12/22/2020 #18 DePaul L, 81-90
Feb 20, 2021 at #19 DePaul W, 83-72
2/4/22 DePaul W, 77-68
2/27/22 DePaul L, 84-90
ª – BIG EAST TOURNAMENT GAME
$ = Played in Chicago, Illinois.
Scout DePaul (10-4, 3-0 BIG EAST)
After a stumble early in the season, the Blue Demons won 6 of 7. DePaul leads the conference 3-0 with wins over Butler, Georgetown and Providence.
Sophomore Aneetha Morrow is a powerhouse for the Blue Demons, averaging 25.8 points and 12 rebounds per game this season. Last season in Omaha, she tallied her 41 points and her 18 rebounds, helping DePaul win the meeting on her Feb. 27, 90-84.
However, DePaul is a multi-female show. Darione Rodgers is averaging 19.9 points per game and has a team-high 80 assists.
The Blue Demons continue to be a team that likes to increase the pace on offense and turnovers on defense. This season, DePaul has had 242 turnovers in his 14 games, which is more than his 17 turns per game.
Scout #21 Clayton (8-4, 2-2 BIG EAST)
After opening the season with a seven-game winning streak that included three overranked opponents, Clayton recently put in a rough patch. With four losses in his five games, the Blue Jays fell to the undefeated St. Johns, No. 21 in Arkansas, No. 2 in Stanford, and No. 8 in Connecticut. Clayton had his 34.6% shooting percentage (107 of 309) in his last five games, and his 218-to-163 rebounding percentage.
Keys To the Game Saturday, December 31st
Ball security: Clayton handled basketball well, taking just 11 combined turnovers in two games when they lost to No. 2 Stamford and No. 8 Connecticut. It must continue against DePaul.
Early production: Shooting well in the first quarter after getting off to a slow start against the Cardinals and Huskies does wonders for Clayton’s confidence.
rebound: In the last two games, the Blue Jays have rebounded 50-25 and 59-27.
Creighton players to watch
morgan marie When Emma Roncic: Ronsiek and Maly are the main defensive missions on Morrow. Delaying Morrow’s attack is important, but it may be more important than Marie and Roncic going on the attacking side to allow Morrow to work on defense.
The Blue Jays found success in Chicago
In his last four trips to Chicago, Clayton has found a winning formula.
December 29, 2018 W, 85-82 (McGrath Phillips Arena)
January 31, 2020 W, 63-61 (Winstrust Arena)
February 20, 2021 W, 83-72 (Winstrust Arena)
February 3, 2022 W, 77-68 (Winstrust Arena)
Victory came in a unique way
The Blue Jays have had unexpected results in each of their four wins over DePaul over the last four seasons.
In Clayton’s 85-82 victory on December 29, 2018, the Blue Jays scored a career-high 20 points from Brooke Kissinger. She finished with her 7/8 from the field and won with her 6/7 from long distance. In her two seasons at Creighton, Kissinger did not exceed her seven points in any other game in 2018-19.
Playing without 2019 BIG EAST Player of the Year Jaylin Agnew, Clayton recovered from a 40-21 halftime deficit to win 63-61. Olivia Elgar scored a career-high 28 points, including 16 in the second half.
Winning 2021-22 season forced Blue Jays to play without starting point guard tatum renbao or backup Molly Morgensen due to injury or illness. The Blue Jays found his way to victory at 58% (29-50), although he recorded 22 turnovers.
Clayton outscored DePaul 30-0 off the bench last season as the Blue Demons used just seven players.