OMAHA, Neb. - As an early holiday present, the Creighton Bluejays women's basketball team gave head coach Jim Flanery his record tying 196th victory, 63-42 over North Dakota State.
Creighton improved to 6-2 on the season following the victory, while North Dakota State dropped to 3-7 overall.
The Jays jumped to a quick 10-2 advantage in the opening four minutes behind four points by junior Alyssa Kamphaus and three-pointers by junior Sarah Nelson and Carli Tritz. The Bison trimmed Creighton's lead to just three points on two occasions, that last coming at 22-19 with 6:49 remaining. At that point the Jays put the game out of reach with an 18-0 run to close the first half and take a 40-19 lead at the break.
The second half followed a similar script as Creighton pushed its lead to as much as 26 points in the opening four minutes of the frame with a 7-2 burst. North Dakota State chipped away at the Jays' with a 13-0 run of their own to close the gap to 47-34 with 11:25 remaining. Once more the Bluejays answered, scoring the next 12 points to reclaim a 25-point edge at 59-34 with 4:01 remaining.
Kamphaus and Tritz led all scorers with 11 points, while Nelson recorded her 13th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It is Nelson's second double-double this season. Senior Ally Jensen and junior McKenzie Fujan tossed in 9 points for Creighton, while freshman Marissa Janning chipped in 8.
North Dakota State got a game-high 8 points from Katie Birkel, Dani DeGagne and Marena Whittle.
The Jays held the Bison to just 15-of-57 from the field (26.3%) including 6-of-27 (22.2%) in the opening period.
With the win, Flanery tied current Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen for the most victories in Bluejay history. Rasmussen concluded his coaching career at Creighton in 1992 with a record of 196-147 in 12 seasons. Flanery is currently 196-131 in his 11th season at the helm for the Jays.
Creighton travels to Cancun, Mexico, for the Caribbean Challenge on Dec. 21-22. The Bluejays take on Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 21 at 2:30, then battle South Florida on Dec. 22 also at 2:30 p.m.