OMAHA, Neb. - Senior DaNae Moore walked off the court at D.J. Sokol Arena for the final time Sunday afternoon after helping the Bluejays to a 63-48 victory over Indiana State. Sophomores Sarah Nelson and Carli Tritz led the way for Creighton, with Nelson recording her 10th double-double of the season and Tritz scoring a game-high 18 points for the Jays.
The win moves Creighton to 15-11 on the year and 9-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Sycamores dropped to 12-14 overall and 6-8 in The Valley. Creighton plays its final three games of the season on the road.
Creighton used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to take a lead it would not surrender. With the scored tied at 15, the Jays scored nine unanswered points and would lead by 10 following a Jasmin Corbin three-pointer with 2:29 left in the half. The Sycamores, who outrebounded the Jays by 12 in the first half, scored the final six points of the half to make the halftime score 29-25 in favor of the Jays.
The Sycamores turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, while forcing only two turnovers and the Bluejays outscored ISU 8-0 off of turnovers in the opening stanza. Tritz scored 11 of her game-high 18 in the first half.
Tritz started and ended a 14-2 run which put the game out of reach for the Sycamores. Her three-pointer with 13:46 left opened the burst and she closed the run with a layup to give Creighton a 54-33 lead with 6:54 to play.
The Jays shot 54.5 percent from the floor after halftime, while the Sycamores knocked down only 8-of-30 shots (.267) in the same span. CU also responded by outrebounding ISU 22-12 in the second half, as Nelson had nine points and nine boards in the second half alone.
Tritz approached a triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Bluejays, making 8-of-13 shots from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range. Nelson pulled down her second straight double-double and her team-leading 10th of the season with 15 points and 12 boards.
Anna Munn was the only Sycamore to score in double figures, leading the team with 10 points. Deja Mattox topped ISU with 10 rebounds to go along with nine points. Brittany Schoen made just 1-of-6 three-pointers, but became the all-time ISU leader in career three-pointers with the make. She finished with seven points and four turnovers.
The Bluejays now take to the road for their final three games for the second straight season. Creighton, who just went past UNI (15-10, 8-6 MVC) and into fourth place in the MVC standings, starts its road trip at UNI on Friday. The Jays and Panthers will have a special 8:35 pm tipoff to accomodate an appearance on Fox Sports Midwest.
NOTES: Moore, the only senior on this year's team, was honored in a postgame ceremony ... Moore is the last Creighton student-athlete to regularly call the Omaha Civic Auditorium home ... The senior has set career highs in points, rebounds, field goals, field goal percentage, field goal attempts, assists and steals this season ... Nelson's 10 double-doubles are the most by a Bluejay since Pam Gradoville posted 14 double-dimes in 1987-88.