Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB Series History: Creighton leads, 1-0
Last Time Out: L, 54-68 at Villanova, 2-1-14 Despite 26 points from senior Sarah Nelson, the Creighton women’s basketball team suffered a 68-54 loss at Villanova on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The loss dropped Creighton to 13-9 on the season and 7-3 in BIG EAST play, while Villanova is 16-5 overall and 6-4 in conference action.
The Bluejays opened the game with a flurry as Creighton built an 11-5 lead by the 14:28 mark. Senior McKenzie Fujan opened the Bluejays scoring with a running six footer from the left side. After a three-pointer by Villanova made it 5-2, sophomore Marissa Janning and Nelson gave Creighton its first lead at 6-5. Nelson followed with a step-back trey, then Fujan capped the run with an eight-foot jumper from the left elbow.
Villanova responded with a 12-4 run of its own to take an 18-15 lead with 10:41 remaining in the half. Janning knotted the game at 18-18 with her only trey of the game, but the Wildcats scored 16 of the next 19 points to build a 34-21 lead (3:33) and took a 38-27 lead in at the break.
Fujan knocked down two free throws to open the second half, but the Bluejays missed their first seven shots to allow Villanova to push its lead to 52-31 with 11:44 remaining.
Down the stretch the Wildcats took the air out of the ball by bleeding the shot clock to single digits on each possession.
Nelson finished with a season-high 26 points and also posted her second straight double-double with 11 rebounds, while Fujan finished with 14 points. Fujan and Nelson combined to shoot 13-of-23 (57%) from the field, but the rest of the Bluejays were a combined 3-of-26 (12%).
Villanova had four players finish in double figures, led by 19 points from Caroline Coyer.
Georgetown vs. Creighton Series: The Bluejays hold a 1-0 series edge on the Hoyas courtest of Creighton’s 65-63 (OT) win on Jan. 1. Wednesday will be the Hoyas first trip to Omaha.
Located in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the only Bluejay opponent that was founded in the 1700s.
Georgetown has an enrollment of 15,318.
Known as the Hoyas.
Georgetown finished 2012-13 with an 15-16 record and an 5-11 mark in the BIG EAST.
Georgetown returns seven letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Powell and White).
The Hoyas were picked to finish fourth in BIG EAST preseason poll.
Georgetown Interim Head Coach: Jim Lewis (West Virginia, 1968)
Record of 264-310 in 21 seasons as a head coach. Lewis took over as the Hoyas interim head coach on October 24, 2013.
A 44-year coaching veteran, Lewis has served as the head coach for the George Mason women’s basketball team from 1984-97.
He was at the helm of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics for one season in 1998 and was also the head coach for Fordham from 2001-06.
Nelson’s late trey helps Bluejays Outlast Hoyas in First Meeting Creighton W, 65-63 (OT) (1-1-14) Trailing 57-54 with under 30 seconds remaining, senior Sarah Nelson drilled a trey from the top of the key to force overtime.
The Bluejays jumped out to 63-59 edge in the extra period on three-pointers from McKenzie Fujan and Marissa Janning, but the decisive bucket came on a layup from Alyssa Kamphaus with 2:10 remaining.
Kamphaus’ only points of the game pushed Creighton’s lead to six (65-59) and the Bluejays held on for the two point victory with a defensive stand on the final possession.
Nelson led the Bluejays with 17 points in the game, while Georgetown’s Natalie Butler finished with a game-high 24. The Hoyas outscored Creighton 36-14 in the paint, but were 0-11 from three-point land.
Scouting Georgetown (7-15, 1-9 BIG EAST) Despite its 1-9 record in conference play, the Hoyas have been more than competitive with the best in the BIG EAST. Georgetown losses to St. John’s, Creighton and Marquette by a combined seven points in their first meetings.
The Hoyas have battled through a variety of challenges this season, including the resignation of head coach Keith Brown, the departure of BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year Shayla Cooper as well as injuries to Katie McCormick and Andrea White.
McCormick is not expected to play against the Bluejays on Wednesday, while White’s status is unknown as she did not play in Georgetown’s loss at Marquette on Feb. 1.
Amid all of the changing pieces, Georgetown still presents a formidable challenge in the paint, led by freshman Natalie Buler. The Hoyas’ center played all 45 minutes of Creighton’s overtime battle in Washington D.C.. She is averaging 14.8 points and 12.9 rebounds on the season.
Keys to the Game w/Georgetown:
Force Georgetown into turnovers: As the Bluejays did earlier this season, Creighton went from battling the nation’s leader in fewest turnover (Villanova) to one of the most challenged teams in Georgetown (ranks 333 of 343 teams at 20.6 per game). Creighton did not take advantage of the Hoyas tendency to turn the ball over in the first meeting, scoring just 12 points off turnovers.
Limit Butler’s Impact: Alyssa Kamphaus and Brianna Rollerson will be asked to control Butler more than they did at Georgetown when she finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Get Multiple Players Going Early: The Bluejays 10-0 when three or more players reach double-figures. That makes it critical to get an early bucket or two for several players. To keep the defense honest and to raise the confidence of the Bluejays’ role players.
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun Senior Sarah Nelson post back-to-back double-doubles for the second time this season with 26 points and 11 rebounds at Villanova (Feb. 1) as well as 11 points and 12 rebounds at Seton Hall (Jan. 28).
Nelson also doubled up in consecutive games earlier this season following her 17th career double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds) in the Bluejays’ 65-63 (ot) win at Georgetown on Jan. 1, with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Bluejays’ 86-78 win over DePaul on Jan. 4.
Nelson was also the last Bluejay to accomplish the feat, doing so against Illinois State on Feb. 17, 2012 (15 pts, 11 rebs) and Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2012 (15 pts, 12 rebs).
Villanova to Georgetown; As the World Turns-over Following the Bluejays matchup with Villanova, the NCAA leader in fewest turnovers per game (9.0), Creighton will now battle a Georgetown team that ranks 333 of 343 with 20.6 per game.
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