New York, N.Y. — Led by a the return of Jaylyn Agnew and Temi Carda and for the 2019-20 season, the Creighton women’s basketball team were tabbed to finish fourth at the conference’s media day in Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Oct. 10th.
Coming off its fourth BIG EAST Tournament title in the last six seasons, DePaul was selected as the BIG EAST women’s basketball preseason favorite based on a vote by the league’s head coaches. The BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, unveiled at Media Day on Thursday, saw the Blue Demons earn all nine possible first-place votes and 81 points.
St. John’s was picked second in the poll with 70 points and garnered the remaining first-place vote, followed by rival Seton Hall in third with 58 points. Creighton rounded out the top four with 50 points.
Coming off trips to the WNIT, Providence and Villanova tied for fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 44 points apiece. On the heels of its most successful season as a member of the BIG EAST, Butler was slotted seventh with 43 points. A pair of teams under the direction of new head coaches follows as Xavier was picked eighth with 23 points and Marquette was tabbed ninth with 19 points. Georgetown rounded out the poll in 10th with 18 points.
After finishing tied for sixth with Providence at 8-10, Creighton is projected to finish fourth in 2019-20. The Bluejays, who posted a 15-16 overall mark, return nine letterwinners and three starters. A BIG EAST All-Tournament selection last season, Agnew is CU’s top returner after averaging 10.4 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds over 18 BIG EAST contests. The Bluejays were the only team in 2018-19 to beat both regular-season champion Marquette and BIG EAST Tournament champion DePaul.