Happy Monday, Big East Coast Bias!! We know you're just as excited to start your week as we are, and there is a lot of great content in store for all of you avid readers this coming week. And, of course, we're not too far off from the college basketball season, either. So that, too, is something to be excited about.
But first, as we have done recently, we have a couple of links to share with you all. If you feel that your school did something cool recently that we didn't bring light to, or if you think your school is being left out in the cold on this Monday morning, please do not hesitate to let us know! We'd be more than welcomed to pass anything and everything around.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!
A hat trick from Catherine Zimmerman was the difference maker on Sunday as the Providence Friars recorded a 3-2 overtime win against Butler. The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into halftime and was just minutes away from the win in regulation, but Zimmerman found the back of the net to tie the contest in the 87th minute leading to the victory.
One of Ricky Kreklow's preseason priorities is learning how to play basketball the Creighton way. After one season at Missouri and two at California, the 6-foot-6 graduate transfer is finishing his career with the Bluejays. The latest move requires Kreklow to cram in getting up to speed with the Creighton system. "I'm finding I have to break some old habits," he said recently. "They have a way that things have been done here and they've been successful, so you have to buy into it. "I'm trying to build Creighton habits so it's my instinct instead of having to think about it."
Georgetown University senior goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) came up with several big saves early in the first half and then senior All-American candidate Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) helped guide the Hoyas in the second half as she assisted on all four goals en route to a 4-0 win over Marquette on Sunday afternoon at Shaw Field.
Seton Hall Pirates
Despite starting strong (11-4, 3-1) and registering non-conference scalps against VCU and Michigan State last season, a five-game losing streak in Big East play and a lukewarm finish that included a loss to DePaul at Madison Square Garden barred Georgetown (18-15, 8-10) from the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008-09.
St. John's Red Storm
In many of the team's better games against top opponents, the Red Storm remain competitive with incredible efforts on defense - holding down Villanova for a half at the Garden, shutting out Trevor Cooney of Syracuse, making Doug McDermott work for his points, and the like.
Villanova won its fifth straight and had their lead over Rhode Island as high as 44-points on Saturday afternoon. It is hard to point any fingers at the Wildcats' play in the first half -- and we won't -- but the sins occurred later in the second half for the 'Cats and they cannot be overlooked. Penalties and sloppy play allowed Rhode Island to score three times at the end of regulation to pull within 23 of the 'Cats.