OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team downed No. 25 Nebraska, 66-57, on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The win breaks a seven-game losing streak to the Huskers as the Bluejays last victory over Nebraska came on Dec. 18, 2004, 58-57.
The win is also Creighton's first victory over a ranked opponent since the Jays defeated No. 22 Illinois State on Feb.2, 2008 by the score of 75-71.
Outside of an opening three-point basket from Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore, Creighton controlled the contest from start to finish. Down 5-2 with just under 17 minutes remaining in the first half, the Jays scored 13 of the next 17 points to grab a 15-9 edge by the nine minute mark.
Junior Carli Tritz got the run started for Creighton with a driving layup from the left. Tritz drew contact from Nebraska's Jordan Hooper but was able to drain the bucket as she fell to the floor. The ensuing two possessions saw freshman Marissa Janning follow suit with driving layups to put the Jays up 8-5. After Nebraska regained the lead at 9-8, Creighton scored the ensuing seven points on a layup by junior Jordan Garrison, a three-ball from junior McKenzie Fujan and a running jumper from senior Ally Jensen.
With the Jays up 18-11 moments later, Nebraska rattled off eight straight to reclaim the lead at 19-18 with 6:23 remaining in the half.
The Bluejays responded with a 9-2 run as Janning drilled back-to back treys to make is 24-19, then after a Husker bucket it was Garrison's turn to connect from downtown pushing Creighton's lead back to 27-21 with 4:21 to go.
The Huskers refused to roll over, pulling back within two at 27-25, but the Jays closed the half with another 9-2 run in the final three minutes to take a 36-27 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Creighton pushed its lead out to 12 points in opening moments of the second half with a 5-2 run. Following a Husker bucket, Fujan drained her third trifecta of the contest and junior Alyssa Kamphaus converted a layup to give the Jays a 41-29 lead with 18:29 left.
Showing the fight of a ranked team, Nebraska scored 11 of the next 13 points to make it a one possession game at 43-40 with just under 13 minutes remaining.
Once more the Jays answered the challenge as Garrison delivered a circus style layup from the right wing. The Osceola native went to the line for a three-point opportunity but missed off the front of the rim. Tritz vaulted into the air along the left side of the rim to coral the rebound, then dropped a layup in the cylinder to put Creighton back up by seven at 47-40 with 12:26 to go.
Up 50-46 moments later, the Jays delivered the knockout blow with a 10-2 run, including a three-point dagger from Janning to make it 60-48 with 4:13 remaining.
Janning finished with a team-high 19 points, while Fujan had a career-high 13 points. Nelson finished with just four points, but held Nebraska's Hooper without a point for the first time in her career.
Hailie Sample led all scorers with 20 points, while Lindsey Moore posted 15 for Nebraska.
Creighton shot a season-high 56.3% from the field, 27-of-48, and was 9-of-22 from beyond the arc (40.9%).
The Jays return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 8 as Creighton will take on Houston at 2 p.m. in Houston, Texas.