CARBONDALE, ILL. - Four Jays posted double figures to lead the
Creighton women's basketball team to an 81-60 victory over Southern Illinois on
Thursday, Jan. 3 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opener.
The win lifted Creighton to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the MVC, Southern
Illinois fell to 3-9 on the season and 0-1 in the MVC.
Trailing 19-17 midway through the opening period, the Bluejays got going
from beyond the arc to bolt out on a 9-0 run in under a minute. Junior
Jordan Garrison gave Creighton a 20-19 lead with 7:22 on the clock to start the
run, then junior Sarah Nelson converting a running layup into a traditional
three-point play. Freshman Marissa Janning capped the run with a trifecta
from the right wing to give the Jays a 26-19 edge with 6:24 remaining.
Creighton pushed its lead to 12 by the break as junior Carli Tritz was
fouled on a desperation three in the closing seconds. Tritz hit two of
three to make it 41-29 at half.
The Bluejays opened the second period with a quick 7-0 run to push their
lead to 19 points at 45-29 on a bucket by Nelson, one from junior Alyssa
Kamphaus and a three-ball from senior Ally Jensen.
Southern Illinois responded with a 7-1 burst to pull within 13 at 49-36, but
the Jays slammed the door on the game with an 8-2 run to push their lead back
to 19 at 57-38 with 13:23 left.
Nelson led all scorers with 18 points, while Janning finished with 14,
Garrison had 12 and Kamphaus reached double-figures for just the fourth time
with 10 points.
Rishonda Napier came off the bench to lead Southern Illinois with 16 points.
The victory gave Creighton ten consecutive wins over Southern Illinois and
moved head coach Jim Flanery to 8-3 in MVC openers.
The Jays continue their MVC opening road trip at Evansville on Saturday,
Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.
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