Published Friday, January 17, 2014 AT 8:15 PM / Updated at 8:15 PM
Women’s basketball: Creighton at Butler
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (11-7, 4-1)
F Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Sr., 12.6
C A. Kamphaus, 6-3, Sr., 3.7
G Sammy Jensen, 5-5, Jr., 1.8
G McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Sr., 11.3
G Marissa Janning, 5-8, So., 17.6

BUTLER (7-10, 2-4)
F Haley Howard, 5-11, So., 5.9
C Liz Stratman, 6-2, Jr., 13.3
G Taylor Schippers, 5-8, Jr., 12.5
G Mandy McDivitt, 5-8, Sr., 7.2
G Lexus Murry, 5-7, So., 2.6

Scouting Creighton: The Bluejays continue to rely heavily on the contributions from their big three of Marissa Janning, Sarah Nelson and McKenzie Fujan. The trio is contributing 67 percent of the team’s scoring, 60 percent of its assists and 45 percent of its rebounding. Janning is coming off the best back-to-back scoring games by a Creighton player since 2002, having 34 points in the win at Providence and 29 in the home victory against Xavier. The Bluejays need to continue to get offensive contributions from junior Alexis Akin-Otiko and redshirt freshman Brianna Rollerson in order to keep from becoming reliant on their perimeter shooting. Creighton is one of the league’s best teams in defending the 3-point line — opponents are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc for the season, and just 25 percent in league play. The Bluejays will have to be at their best against a Butler team that is shooting 38 percent from long range.

Scouting Butler: The Bulldogs are playing shorthanded as leading scorer and rebounder Daress McClung, a preseason all-league pick, has been sidelined the last three games with a foot injury. Her status for Saturday’s game is uncertain. McClung had been averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds before coming out of the lineup. Butler has used eight starting lineups and McClung’s injury leaves the Bulldogs short of depth. In Wednesday’s loss to St. John’s, Butler played seven players, with Liz Stratman (39 minutes), Taylor Schippers (38) and Mandy McDivitt (36) carrying the bulk of the load. Stratman is an inside force on both ends of the court, leading the Big East in blocked shots and ranking second in field-goal percentage. McDivitt is the team’s top perimeter scoring threat as she ranks fifth in school history with 143 3-point field goals.

Opening tips: This is the first meeting between the teams. … Butler made 16 3-pointers in its loss to Georgetown on Jan. 11. Creighton put up 43 shots from beyond the arc in its overtime victory over the Hoyas on Jan. 1. … Butler’s Beth Couture has won 443 games in 25 seasons as a head coach, and has led the Bulldogs to winning records in seven of the past eight seasons.

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