Published Thursday, April 18, 2013 AT 12:14 AM / Updated at 12:14 AM
Valley to the Big East: Women’s basketball
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DePAUL
>> Coach: Doug Bruno
>> Home court (capacity): McGrath-Phillips Arena (3,000)
>> 2012-13 record: 21-12 overall, 9-7 Big East (tie 6th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 30
>> Conference championships: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
>> 2013-14 personnel: Blue Demons return sharpshooting wing Brittany Hrynko, who made 82 3-pointers and averaged 14.7 points per game. Jasmine Penny (12.8 points) and Chanise Jenkins (8.0) also are returning starters.

VILLANOVA
>> Coach: Harry Perretta
>> Home court: The Pavilion (6,500)
>> 2012-13 record: 21-11, 9-7 Big East (tie 6th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 33
>> Conference championships: 1986, 1987, 1990, 2003
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2013
>> 2013-14 personnel: Starters Lauren Burford (6.0 points) and Taylor Holeman (4.4) return.

CREIGHTON
>> Coach: Jim Flanery
>> Home court: Sokol Arena (2,500)
>> 2012-13 record: 25-8, 15-3 Missouri Valley (tie 1st)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 34
>> Conference championships: 1991, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2013
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1992, 1994, 2002, 2012, 2013
>> 2013-14 personnel: Bluejays return all but guard Ally Jensen from the team that played in NCAA tournaments for first time in back-to-back seasons.

ST. JOHN’S
>> Coach: Joe Tartamella
>> Home court: Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
>> 2012-13 record: 18-13, 11-5 Big East (tie 3rd)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 43
>> Conference championships: 1983, 1984, 1988
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1983, 1984, 1988, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
>> 2013-14 personnel: Red Storm must replace WNBA draft picks Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith, who combined to average 30 points on a team that scored 61 points per game.

GEORGETOWN
>> Coach: Keith Brown
>> Home court: McDonough Arena (2,400)
>> 2012-13 record: 15-16, 5-11 Big East (tie 11th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 81
>> Conference championships: None
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1993, 2010, 2011, 2012
>> 2013-14 personnel: Andrea White (10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds), Samisha Powell (6.2 points) and Brittany Horne (5.7 points) are returning starters.

MARQUETTE
>> Coach: Terri Mitchell
>> Home court: Al McGuire Center (4,000)
>> 2012-13 record: 16-16, 7-9 Big East (tie 9th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 82
>> Conference championships: 1995
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007
>> 2013-14 personnel: Golden Eagles lose only one starter in Sarina Simmons.

BUTLER
>> Coach: Beth Couture
>> Home court: Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
>> 2012-13 record: 17-12, 8-6 Atlantic 10 (6th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 119
>> Conference championships: 1996
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1996
>> 2013-14 personnel: Bulldogs return players who accounted for 99 percent of team’s scoring and rebounding last season. Daress McClurg averaged 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while point guard Taylor Schippers (12.7) and Liz Stratman (10.8) also each averaged more than 10 points per game.

SETON HALL
>> Coach: Anthony Bozzella
>> Home court: Walsh Gymnasium (2,600)
>> 2012-13 record: 11-20, 5-11 Big East (tie 11th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 200
>> Conference championships: None
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1994, 1995
>> 2013-14 personnel: Bozzella, who spent the past 11 seasons at Iona, will have two full-time starters back to build his first team around.

PROVIDENCE
>> Coach: Susan Robinson Fruchtl
>> Home court: Alumni Hall (1,854)
>> 2012-13 record: 7-23, 2-14 Big East (15th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 208
>> Conference championships: None
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
>> 2013-14 personnel: Friars return three starters after having to totally revamp the lineup in Robinson Fruchtl’s first season.

XAVIER
>> Coach: Amy Waugh
>> Home court: Cintas Center (10,250)
>> 2012-13 record: 13-16, 7-7 Atlantic 10 (tie 7th)
>> 2012-13 NCAA RPI: 213
>> Conference championships: 1993, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
>> NCAA tournament appearances: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
>> 2013-14 personnel: Musketeers lose their top two scorers and rebounders in Amber Gray and Jessica Pachko, but return five players who started between 14 and 29 games last season.

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