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WBB Hosts Drake on Sunday, March 3
Courtesy: Eric Francis

Jays WBB Hosts Drake on Sunday, March 3

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton Bluejays women's basketball team closes out the 2012-13 regular season with three home games, beginning Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. against Drake.

3/3: Drake (9-17, 4-11) at Creighton (20-6, 12-3)
Radio: KZOT AM 1180 (www.1620thezone.com)
Brad Burwell (Play-by-Play) & Rob Simms (Color Analyst)
Live Stats: www.gocreighton.com
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB

Creighton vs. Drake:
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with the Bluejays, 37-23.  Creighton, however, has won the last two meetings.  Drake has claimed 14 of the 24 meetings in Omaha.

Last Time vs. Drake:  W, 98-71 @ Drake (2-2-13)
The Bulldogs set the pace in the opening moments of the contest as Drake jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the 18:14 mark.  Down 13-8 moments later, the Bluejays finally gained control of the game with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to claim the lead, 22-15. Over the final 13 minutes of the opening period the Jays sank five more triples as Creighton took a 56-42 lead into the break.  The 56-point outburst was the most points scored by the Jays in a half since putting up 59 points at Siena on March 22, 2003.

About Drake
•  Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake has an enrollment of 5,348.
•  The Bulldogs finished 2011-12 with a 18-16 record and a 9-9 mark in the Valley.  Bradley returned seven letterwinners from last season, including starters Carly Grenfell, Kyndal Clark and Morgan Reid.
•  Drake was picked to finish ninth in the MVC preseason poll.

Last 10 Meetings with Drake:
3/14/09    W    53-35 in St. Charles $
1/29/10    W    74-61 in Omaha
2/26/10    W    77-57 in Des Moines
3/12/10    W    65-62 in St. Charles $
12/31/10   W    58-51 in Omaha
3/5/11       L    54-65 in Des Moines
12/31/11   L    44-47 in Omaha
3/3/12      L    50-54 in Des Moines
3/11/12    W    53-38 in St. Charles $
2/2/13      W    98-71 in Des Moines
$ - MVC Tournament game

Scouting the Bulldogs (9-17, 4-11 MVC)
Drake is coming off a road win at Northern Iowa led by 23 points from sophomore Kyndal Clark.  The Missouri native captured the MVC Player of the week honor with a combined 45 points versus Bradley and Northern Iowa last week.

The Bulldogs like to push the pace and did just that in the first meeting with Creighton.  As a unit the Bulldogs have committed 470 turnovers in 26 contests (18.1 per game) and have forced 435 by their opponents (16.7 tpg). 

The production  of junior Morgan Reid and freshman Ashley Bartow on the glass play a significant roll for the Bulldogs.  This duo averages 12.7 rebounds per game in MVC play this season.

Keys to the Game w/Drake:

  • Controlling Tempo: Drake wants to play at a frantic pace.  While the Jays showed an ability to play fast, Creighton is a more efficient half-court team than the Bulldogs and would be better suited to slow the game a bit.
  • Shot Selection: The two teams shot 66% (Creighton) and 45% (Drake) from the field in the first meeting.  Expect the defenses for each teams to play much better, placing an emphasis on shot selection and offensive execution.
  • Inside-Out Game:  Creighton has placed an emphasis on post-production over the past four games.  The result has been 102 points in the paint.  Creighton has also drained 40 three-pointers, raising their nation leading average to 10.0 per game.

Flanery against the Bulldogs
Coach Flanery has faced Drake 26 times as a head coach, holding a 13-13 mark against the Bulldogs. Flanery is 6-4 versus Drake in Omaha.

Tritz becomes 24th Member of 1K club
Junior Carli Tritz’s second trifecta against Northern Iowa vaulted her over the 1,000 point threshold in just her 88th game as a Jay.  Tritz became just the 24th Creighton player to reach the century mark.  Tritz tied Kelsey Woodard (2007-11) as the 12th fastest to reach the feat in Creighton history as Woodard also did it in her 88th game.

Flanery Led Jays Reach 20-wins for Seventh Time
The Bluejays reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh time under head coach Jim Flanery and the 15th time in program history with the win at Bradley on Saturday, Feb. 23.  It is the first time that Flanery had led a squad to 20 wins before March and the third fastest time in school history.  The 1991-92 team reached 20 wins on Feb. 20, while the 1990-91 squad did it on Feb. 21.
 
Kamphaus Claims Paint
Junior Alyssa Kamphaus reached career-highs with 17 points, four blocks and eight field goals in the Jays’ 83-65 win at Bradley.  Kamphaus scored the first nine points of the game for Creighton on layups and a three-point play, then teamed with fellow junior Sarah Nelson to lead the Bluejays on an 11-3 run to open the second half.

Five Jays Reach Double-Figures for First Time since 2010
Creighton’s 83-65 win over Bradley on Feb. 23 saw the five Jays reach double-figures in the same game for the first time since 2010.  Led by 18 from Sarah Nelson, Creighton also got 17 points by Alyssa Kamphaus, 15 from Ally Jensen, 11 from Jordan Garrison and 10 by Marissa Janning.  Two of the quintet were also part of the last time it happened on Dec. 20, 2010 (Kelsey Woodard 19, Sam Schuett 16, Ally Jensen 14, Sarah Nelson 12 & Kellie Nelson 12).

NCAA Rankings (As of 2/27)
Creighton currently ranks as the most prolific three-point shooting team in the NCAA, averaging 9.5 treys per contest.  Creighton’s 3-point percentage is also among the best, eighth in the country (37.6%).  

TEAM
Category                    Rank    Actual
3-Point FGs Per Gm         1    9.5
3-Point %                      8    37.6
Assists Per Gm              17    16.6
Assist/Turnover Ratio     21    1.11

INDIVIDUAL
Player, Category                 Rank    Actual
Marissa Janning, 3FG %             11    42.4
Marissa Janning, 3FG Made        49    2.46
Ally Jensen, 3FG %                   45    37.7
Ally Jensen, 3FG %                   72    2.23

Sarah Nelson,
Assist-Turnover Ratio                40    1.92

Nelson Tops Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio from Post
Junior Sarah Nelson is sitting at 40th in the NCAA with a 1.92 assist-to-turnover ratio.  The post player tops the nation in this category at her position, the closest post player to Nelson is Klara Wischer of San Diego in 81st.

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