Creighton WBB Returns Home, Hosts #22 Kansas

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Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard
OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team returns home to D.J. Sokol Arena for the second time in 2012-13 and will host a ranked team from the Big-12 for the second time as well, No. 22 Kansas on Nov. 25

This Week: 11/20; W, 53-49 at South Dakota
Junior Sarah Nelson dropped 23 points to lead the Creighton women’s basketball team to a 53-49 win at South Dakota.

Creighton did not trail in the win as Nelson got going from the opening possession.  The Jays found the Omaha native on the left block, allowing her to fake right and draw a shooting foul to her left.  Nelson hit 1-of-2 from the line, then connected on a five-footer off the glass on the following possession to make it 3-0. Following a South Dakota bucket, Nelson added two more free throws and junior Carli Tritz drilled a 12-footer to push the lead to 7-2.

Nelson pushed the Jays’ lead back to nine at 42-33 on a layup with 13:39 to go.  South Dakota mounted a second surge over the ensuing three minutes to make it a one possession game at 42-39 with 9:09 remaining.  The Coyotes, however, missed a chance to pull even as Nicole Seekamp’s trey bounced off the front of the iron with 8:06 left.

Creighton took advantage of the behind a traditional three-point play from Nelson to extend its lead to six, then Tritz cut to the basket for a driving layup to make it 47-39.  The Jays wound down the final five minutes without a significant threat from the Coyotes.

Jays vs. Kansas
Kansas holds a 23-10 series edge on Creighton.  The Jayhawks have dominated play recently, taking the last nine meetings with the Bluejays.  The Jays last victory over Kansas came in 2004, a 68-63 win in Omaha.

Last Five Meetings with Kansas
*March 23, 2009: Kansas 79, Creighton 64
Dec. 13, 2009: Kansas 77, Creighton 56
*March 21, 2010: Kansas 71, Creighton 68
Dec. 22, 2010: Kansas 64, Creighton 58
Nov. 16, 2011: Kansas 73, Creighton 59
* = Women’s NIT Game

Jays vs. Ranked Opponents
The Bluejays have lost their last nine games against AP top-25 teams since winning 75-71 at No. 24 Illinois State on Feb. 2, 2008.  The Bluejays have not defeated a non-conference top-25 team since knocking off No. 14 Kansas 55-54 at home on Dec. 7, 1999.  The Jays are 1-16 against ranked teams under Jim Flanery.  Earlier this season Creighton fell to then No. 12 Oklahoma, 69-48 in the Jays’ season opener on Nov. 10 in D.J. Sokol Arena.

Inching Closer to Rasmussen
Jim Flanery captured his 192nd career win at South Dakota on Nov. 20, 2012.  Flanery’s 192 victories in ten seasons trails the Bluejays overall leader, current Creighton athletics director Bruce Rasmussen, by just four.

Scouting the Bluejays (2-1)
After a poor shooting performance to open the season against No. 12 Oklahoma (26%, 17-for-65), the Jays righted the ship with back-to-back wins on the road defeating South Dakota State (63-54) on Nov. 14 and South Dakota (53-49) on Nov. 20.  The Jays got a boost from senior Jasmin Corbin against the Jackrabbits as she scored a career-high 11 points and nabbed six steals.  Versus the Coyotes it was junior Sarah Nelson who provided the charge with a season-high 23 points, including a career-best 3 three-pointers.  The Jays also got eight points from freshman Marissa Janning in the win at South Dakota, her first points as a Bluejay.  The Jays return home and will once again test their mettle against a ranked Big 12 team as Creighton tries to upend the Jayhawks.

Scouting the Jayhawks (3-0)
Kansas has gotten off to a quick 3-0 start to the 2012-13 season and the Jayhawks will host Alabama A&M on Friday, Nov. 23 before coming to Omaha to battle the Jays.  Kansas is led seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich, two of the 25 NCAA Division I women’s basketball student-athletes to be named to the 2012-13 State Farm® Wade Trophy Watch List. The Kansas duo has also been tabbed for John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top-30 List, and are both on the 50-player list for the 2012-13 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T early season watch list.  Davis is averaging 19.7 points per game, while Goodrich is posting 12.3 ppg.  Kansas is No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 Poll, the first time KU has been ranked by the AP since Jan. 4, 2010.
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