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Creighton takes on #25 Nebraska on Wedenesday, 12/5.
Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard

Rivalry Week Begins as Creighton WBB Hosts No. 25 Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team kicks off rivalry week against No. 25 Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in D.J. Sokol Arena at 7:05 p.m.

#25 Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3-2)
Radio:
 KZOT AM 1180 (www.1620thezone.com)
Brad Burwell (Play-by-Play) & Rob Simms (Color Analyst)
TV/Video & Live Stats: www.gocreighton.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/gocreighton
Series History: Nebraska leads 27-10; Creighton leads 9-7 in Omaha


Last Time Out: 11/28; W, 65-62 (OT) vs. BYU
Trailing 49-34 with 7:56 remaining, Creighton rallied to claim a 65-62 overtime victory in EnergySolutions Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz and Utah Starzz.

Creighton began to show some life in the opening moments of the second period led by the scoring of junior Jordan Garrison and freshman Marissa Janning.  Garrison opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer from the right corner and Janning connected on a traditional three-point play, but five points from the Cougars’ Lexi Eaton kept the deficit at 15, 40-25.  Undaunted, Garrison and Janning each drilled another trifecta to bring it back to single digits at 40-31.

BYU answered with a 7-0 run to push the game back to a 15-point margin at 49-34.  Over the ensuing four minutes juniors Sarah Nelson and Carli Tritz as well as senior Ally Jensen, led the Jays on a 15-5 run to pull within just five at 54-49 with 3:10 left in regulation.  The Jays defense continued to frustrate BYU down the stretch, forcing stop after stop.  Tritz took advantage with a driving layup, then Janning connected on a four-foot running jumper as well as the bonus foul shot to tie the game at 54-54 with 2:12 to go. Down two in the closing seconds, Tritz and the Jays refused to give in, knotting the game again 12 seconds later on a driving layup.

With under a minute to go in overtime, BYU refused to let Tritz drive.  Instead she kicked the ball out to Nelson on the right wing behind the NBA three-point line.  The Omaha native rose up to can her first three-pointer of the game and send the Jays home with their third win away from home in three contests

Rivalry Week, Nebraska Style
Separated by just over 50 miles, Creighton and Nebraska will face off in WBB on Dec. 5 at Creighton and MBB on Dec. 6 in Lincoln.  

Jays vs. Nebraska
Nebraska holds a 27-10 series edge on Creighton, including victories in the last seven meetings.  Head coach Jim Flanery is 2-8 against Nebraska, with his last victory coming in Omaha on Dec. 18, 2004, 58-57.  Creighton holds a 9-7 series edge at home.

Last Five Meetings with Nebraska
Nov. 30, 2007:     Nebraska 79, Creighton 65
Nov. 17, 2008:     Nebraska 72, Creighton 67
Dec. 9, 2009:       Nebraska 69, Creighton 56
Dec. 8, 2010:       Nebraska 63, Creighton 55
Dec. 8, 2011:       Nebraska 66, Creighton 55

Last Year at Nebraska
Nebraska defeated Creighton 66-55 in Lincoln on Dec. 8. Creighton struggled against the Huskers’ pressure, committing 21 turnovers.   Nebraska capitalizing on the opportunity, scoring 28 points off those turnovers.  Carli Tritz led the Bluejays with 17 points, the lone Jay to score double-digits on the day.  The Huskers got 22 points from Jordan Hooper, while Emily Cady (13), Lindsey Moore (12) and Kaitlyn Burke (10) all finished in
double-digits.

CU/NU Connections Run Deep
Creighton’s head coach Jim Flanery and Nebraska’s head coach Connie Yori worked together for more than 12 years, including 10 seasons when Yori was head coach at Creighton from 1992 through 2002.  Yori is in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame and is one of the greatest players in CU history, as she is one of just two players in school history to have her number retired.  CU assistant coach Jenny Burns Vickers played under both Flanery and Yori at Creighton.  NU assistant coach Dayna Finch not only played under Flan and Yori at Creighton, but she has now been an assistant coach for both coaches, as she is in her second season at NU after two seasons at CU.  Even Husker athletic trainer Julie Tuttle owns degrees from both schools and has now served as an athletic trainer for both teams.

Third Time Must Be the Charm
Playing their third home game of the season, the Jays will also be hosting their third ranked opponent in No. 25 Nebraska.  The Bluejays dropped their first two home contests to No. 12 Oklahoma (69-48 on Nov. 10) and No. 22 Kansas (58-48 on Nov. 25).  Under head coach Jim Flanery the Jays are 1-17 against ranked opponents.

Jays vs. Ranked Opponents
The Bluejays have lost their last 10 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 1-17 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 and to then No. 22 Kansas, 58-48 on Nov. 25.

The Coaches
Jim Flanery (Creighton, 1987) is in his 11th season as head coach at his alma mater.  He led the Jays to an NCAA appearance last season and has seven WNIT postseason appearances as well as  six 20-win seasons to his credit.  He owns a career record of 193-131 (.596).  One of seven coaches in MVC history with 100 league wins, he led the Bluejays to the 2004 WNIT Championship.  Prior to serving as Creighton’s head coach, Flanery served as the Jays’ top assistant for a decade.
 
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)  the 2010 National and Big 12 Coach of the Year, is in her 10th season at Nebraska, where she is 196-128 (.605).  The Creighton Hall of Famer is 391-268 (.593) in her 22nd year as a head coach, 10 of which she spent at Creighton.  She has been to six NCAA Tournaments, four with Nebraska and two with Creighton.

Scouting the Bluejays (3-2)
The Jays face off with state rivals Nebraska looking to end a series of trends.  Creighton has lost both of its home contests to ranked opponents to tip off the 2012-13 season.  The Jays have also dropped seven straight to Nebraska and 10 against ranked teams.  This, however, is a different Creighton team.  The Jays are coming off an impressive comeback win versus BYU in EnergySolutions Arena, led by a breakout performance from freshman Marissa Janning (19 points).  In addition, junior Sarah Nelson posted her first double-double of the season (16 points and 10 rebounds).  Nelson leads the Jays on the season with 13.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg.    

Scouting the Huskers (6-2)
Nebraska comes into Wednesday’s contest off a 60-51 win over Idaho State on Dec. 1.  The Huskers, however, are just 1-1 on the road in 2012-13, besting USC 74-64 on Nov. 23 and falling to South Dakota State 60-55 on Nov. 18.  The Huskers are led by junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore.  Hooper is averaging a team-high 17.9 ppg as well as a team-best 8.8 rpg.  Moore, Nebraska’s point guard is averaging 15.3 ppg and has 39 assist in eight contests.  As expected, ball security is key to the Huskers.  In Nebraksa’s six victories the team is averaging 13.5 turnovers, while in the two losses that number climbs to 19 turnovers.

Road Warriors
The Bluejays have opened the 2012-13 season with three consecutive victories away from home, two road victories and one neutral site win.  The Jays rallied to best BYU 65-62 in overtime at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 28 (neutral) and defeated South Dakota State (63-54 on Nov. 14) and South Dakota (53-49 on Nov. 20) on the road.  The last time Creighton won its first three contests away from home was the 1995-96 season.  That year the Jays won their first three contests on the road as well as a neutral site game.

Battling the Big Ten
Wednesday’s game with Nebraska will mark Creighton’s second meeting against the Huskers as members of the Big Ten Conference.  In addition to the battle with the Huskers, Creighton will also face Minnesota on Dec. 30.  The Bluejays are 5-12 against Big Ten foes under Jim Flanery, including 0-1 against the Huskers as members of the Big 10.  Creighton closed its 2010-11 season with a loss at Northwestern, and has not topped a Big Ten foe since capturing an overtime win at Iowa on
Dec. 28, 2003.  Flan is 3-4 vs. Iowa, 1-1 vs. Michigan,
0-3 vs. Minnesota, 0-1 vs. Nebraska (in Big 10) and 1-3 vs. Northwestern in his career. 

Janning Earns MVC Newcomer of the Week
Freshman Marissa Janning was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday, Dec. 3.  The award recognizes Janning for her play during the week of Nov. 26- Dec. 2.  Down by 16 at half to BYU (35-19) on Nov. 28, Janning spearheaded the Jays’ comeback 65-62 (OT) win, dropping 17 of her career-high 19 points in the second half.  Janning was 6-of-11 in the second half, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.  She also posted four rebounds and two assists in the contest, logging 33 minutes.  Janning’s play was critical down the stretch as she scored six of the Jays’ final 10 points in regulation to send the game into overtime. Her traditional three-point at 2:12 pulled Creighton even at 54-54 for the first time since early in the first period.  The Jays’ last Newcomer of the Week Award was tallied by Carli Tritz in 2010, Tritz went on to nab the award nine times that season.

Common Opponent
Creighton and Nebraska have each faced South Dakota State in road contests in 2012-13.  The Jays defeated the Jackrabbits, 63-54 on Nov. 14.  Four days later the Jackrabbits took down the Huskers, 60-55 on Nov. 18.

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