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Bluejays' WBB Travels to Face #19 Nebraska at 11 am on Saturday.
Courtesy: Eric Francis

Bluejays' WBB Travels to Face #19 Nebraska at 11 am on Saturday

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team takes the short trip west on I-80 to face intrastate rival, #19 Nebraska, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 am.

12/14: at #19 Nebraska (7-2) - 11:00 a.m.

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Creighton vs. Nebraska:
Creighton and Nebraska have met 38 times, with the Huskers getting the best of the exchange thus far, 27-11.  Saturday will be Creighton’s first trip to Nebraska’s new home, Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Creighton earned a 66-57 win last season in Omaha, breaking a string of seven straight victories for Nebraska.  

The Bluejays own one victory over the Huskers in Lincoln, that coming on Dec. 10, 1993 (97-64).  The last meeting in Lincoln was a 66-55 win for the Huskers on
Dec. 8, 2011.

Series with Nebraska:
Nebraska leads 27-11
Home: 10-7  Away: 1-20  Neutral: 0-0
Date    Result    Score/Site
2/19/74    L    38-59 in Lincoln
1/31/75    L    27-57 in Lincoln
2/17/75    L    43-46 in Lincoln
2/28/80    L    47-81 in Lincoln
1/21/81    L    49-63 in Lincoln
2/19/81    W    75-69 in Omaha
12/3/83    L    70-75 in Lincoln
12/8/84    W    86-75 in Omaha
12/7/85    L    77-86 in Lincoln
1/6/86    W    76-58 in Omaha
12/8/86    W    76-69 in Omaha
1/1/87    L    59-72 in Lincoln
12/8/87    L    62-75 in Lincoln
1/6/89    L    57-74 in Omaha
1/3/90    L    77-103 in Lincoln
1/3/91    W    81-80 (ot) in Omaha
11/22/91    L    73-75 in Lincoln
12/19/92    L    58-79 in Omaha
12/10/93    W    97-64 in Lincoln
12/28/94    W    79-72 in Omaha
12/30/95    L    69-86 in Lincoln
12/3/96    L    63-84 in Omaha
11/24/97    L    59-80 in Lincoln
12/6/98    L    74-82 in Omaha
12/12/99    L    69-77 in Lincoln
12/3/00    W    66-57 in Omaha
11/18/01    L    56-59 in Lincoln
12/1/02    W    55-40 in Omaha
12/21/03    L    62-70 in Lincoln
12/18/04    W    58-57 in Omaha
11/21/05    L    50-84 in Lincoln
12/19/06    L    57-60 in Omaha
11/30/07    L    65-79 in Lincoln
11/17/08    L    67-72 in Omaha
12/9/09    L    56-69 in Lincoln
12/8/10    L    55-63 in Omaha
12/8/11    L    55-66 in Lincoln
12/5/12    W    66-57 in Omaha

About Nebraska

  • Located in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Founded in 1869.
  • Known as the Huskers or Cornhuskers.
  • Joined the Big Ten Conference in July of 2011.
  • Nebraska has an enrollment of 24,100.
  • The Huskers finished 2012-13 with an 25-9 record and a 12-4 mark in the Big Ten.  
  • Nebraska returns eight letterwinners from last season, including four starters (Cady,  Hooper, Sample & Theriot).
  • The Huskers were picked to finish first in the Big Ten preseason poll, just ahead of Penn State.

Nebraska Head Coach
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)

  • Overall record of 392-252 at Creighton (1992-2002) and Nebraska (2002-present).  In her 22nd season as a Division I head coach, Yori has a 222-137 at Nebraska.
  • Winningest coach in Nebraska history.
  • Led the Huskers to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by two Sweet 16s (2010 & 2013).
  • Coached Nebraska to a school record 32 wins in 2010.
  • Guided four players to WBNA career, including Lindsey Moore (Minnesota Lynx - 2013) & Kelsey Griffin (Connecticut Sun - 2010-2013).

Scouting #19 Nebraska (7-2)
The Huskers are ranked 19 in the current AP Poll with 237 votes.  In the USA Today/ESPN poll Nebraska ranks 16th with 285 votes.

Picked to win the Big Ten, Nebraska opened the season with five straight wins, including a lopsided win over UCLA (77-49) to open the 2013-14 campaign.  The Huskers suffered consecutive setbacks against Washington State (76-72) and at North Carolina (75-62) on Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, but rebounded to down Utah State, 95-75, on Dec. 8.

Senior Jordan Hooper is undoubtedly the key to Nebraska, averaging 21.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.  The Huskers, however, are much more than a one woman show.  Junior Emily Cady (13.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and sophomroe Rachel Theriot (12.2 ppg, 53 assists) give Nebraska a tremendous amount of balance on the offensive end.  

As a team, Nebraska is shooting 45% as a team, including 30.4% from beyond the arc.  

Keys to the Game w/Nebraska:

  • Slow down Hooper: Last season Creighton held her scoreless.  While that is unlikely to happen, the Bluejays must make Hooper give up the ball as she has just 12 assists on the season to go with 18 turnovers.
  • Get Nelson going:  Sarah Nelson is a focal point for Creighton, when she plays well so do the Bluejays.  Over her career, Nelson has been a disributor against the Huskers (12 assists to five turnovers in three games). Saturday she must take on a larger scoring role.  
  • Force Turnovers & Take Advantage:  Creighton is averaging 15 forced turnovers a game, while Nebraska has turned it over 153 times (17 per game).  The Bluejays must create turnovers and turn those into points.  
  • Prevent Scoring Draughts: Creighton has been plagued by its offense going cold for extended periods of time through the 2013-14 season.  In five of eight games Creighton has gone scoreless for a stretch of at least five minues.  The other three games featured, three points or less during stretches of 6-8 minutes.

The Ties that Bind:
Creighton & Nebraska
It is said that familiarity breeds contempt, the Huskers and Bluejays have an abundance of the former.  

  • Connie Yori graduated from Creighton in 1986.  She was one of the most decorated Bluejays on the court, scoring 2,010 points in her four-years (1982-86).  
  • She is one of just two players in Creighton history to have her number retired, the other being Tanya Warren.
  • Jim Flanery graduated from Creighton in 1987, playing 1985-87.
  • Yori & Flanery both served as assistant coaches to current Creighton Athletic Director, Bruce Rasmussen, from 1987-90.  
  • Yori hired Flanery as an assistant coach during her first head coaching position at Loras College (1990-1992).
  • The duo returned to Creighton when Yori replaced Rasmussen as the Creighton head coach in 1992.  
  • Yori was the Bluejay head coach from 1992-2002.
  • Flanery was an assistant for Yori throughout her tenure at Creighton.
  • Nebraska assistant coach Danya Finch, graduated from Creighton in 2004.  She served as an assistant coach for Flanery from 2008-2010, before joining the Nebraska staff.
  • Creighton senior Alyssa Kampaus played high school ball at Seward HS with current Huskers, Emily Cady and Hannah Tvrdy.
  • Husker Athletic Trainer Julie Tuttle owns degrees and has served as an athletic trainer at both schools.

Cracking the Code of the Ranked
After opening his career 1-17 against opponents ranked in the AP top-25, coach Flanery has won two of his last four meetings with ranked opponents.  He holds a 3-19 record in 22 contests.  

Flanery’s victorys vs. AP Top-25
Date    Result    Opponent
2/2/08    W, 75-71     at #24 Illinois State
12/5/12    W, 66-57    vs. #25 Nebraska
3/23/13    W, 61-56    vs. #22 Syracuse

Been a While Since Creighton
Went Back-to-Back on the Huskers
The last time Creighton won consecutive games with Nebraska was also the only time the Bluejays won in Lincoln, 1993 & 1994.  Creighton claimed a 97-64 contest (Dec. 10, 1993) in Lincoln, then bested the Huskers by a 76-69 score on Dec. 28, 1994.

Common Opponents
Creighton and Nebraska share two opponennts during the 2013-14 season, South Dakota and Minnesota.  The Bluejays bested both, downing the Coyotes (63-48 on Nov. 26) and the Golden Gophers (63-52 on Nov. 16.  Nebraska hosts South Dakota on Dec. 21, then welcomes Minnesota on Jan. 16.

Battling the Big Ten
Saturday’s game with Nebraska will mark Creighton’s third meeting against the Huskers as members of the Big Ten Conference.  In addition it is Creighton’s second Big Ten opponent of the season.  The Bluejays downed Minnesota, 63-52, on Nov. 16.  

Creighton 7-13 against Big Ten foes under Jim Flanery, including 1-1 against the Huskers as members of the Big 10.  Flan is 3-4 vs. Iowa, 1-1 vs. Michigan,
1-4 vs. Minnesota, 1-1 vs. Nebraska (in Big 10) and 1-3 vs. Northwestern in his career.  

Flan Not Fond of the Quick Inning
Over the past two years, since Jan. 1, 2012, Creighton is 12-5 after a loss.  During that stetch, Creighton has not lost three consecutive games.  

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