WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vaulted by an 8-2 run at the outset of overtime, the Creighton women's basketball team escaped the nation's capital with a 65-63 (OT) win at Georgetown on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The victory moved Creighton to 8-6 on the season and 2-0 in BIG EAST action, while Georgetown fell to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in BIG EAST play.
Down 57-54 with 34 seconds remaining in regulation the Bluejays went to senior Sarah Nelson for the equalizer. The Omaha native answered the call, draining a three-pointer from the left elbow with 27 seconds left. Creighton frustrated Georgetown, preventing the Hoyas from getting a shot in the closing seconds.
The Bluejays came out firing in overtime as senior McKenzie Fujan and sophomore Marissa Janning delivered trifectas on Creighton’s opening two possessions to give the Jays a 63-59 edge. Following a defensive stop, Janning drew three defenders to her and found senior Alyssa Kamphaus alone for her first bucket of the game to make it 65-59 with 2:10 remaining.
Georgetown made a charge down the stretch, missing a mid-range jumper with 38 seconds that would have tied the game, but Creighton survived to claim the win.
Just as the Bluejays had done in overtime, Creighton opened the game with back-to-back three-balls. Fujan was followed by Nelson at the games outset. Down 6-2, Georgetown responded with the next 10 points to make it 12-6 at the 12:55 mark.
Trailing 18-13 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Creighton appeared to find its offensive rhythm as the Bluejays seized a 24-20 edge with an 11-2 run. Six different Bluejays scored during the run, capped by a trifecta from Janning. The Hoyas, however, rallied to send the game to halftime tied at 26-26.
Both teams looked ready to take over the second half as Creighton claimed a 40-35 lead with a 6-0 run near the 10-minute mark. Georgetown, meanwhile, held the 57-54 lead in the final minute.
Nelson earned her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Janning chipped in 14 points.
Georgetown got a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds from Natalie Buter.
The Bluejays return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 as Creighton hosts the BIG EAST favorite, DePaul Blue Demons, in D.J. Sokol Arena at 4:05 pm.
NOTES: Creighton’s 43 3-point field goals set a BIG EAST record for three-point attempts (note courtesy of Rob Simms). Creighton’s three-game winning streak is it’s longest of the 2013-14 season. Junior Alexis Akin-Otiko fouled out of a game for the first time in her career. Creighton moved to 19-4 in games that Sammy Jensen has hit a field goal. Georgetown was 19-22 from the free-throw line, but missed all three in the final four minutes of regulation. The Hoyas have lost four straight, including three straight by two points and two consecutive in overtime.
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