OMAHA, Neb. - Trailing by as much as 19 in the second period, the
Creighton women's basketball team closed the game strong to cut the deficit to
single digits before falling to #22 Kansas, 58-48, on Sunday, Nov. 25.
The loss dropped Creighton to 2-2 on the season, both losses coming to ranked
teams. Kansas, meanwhile, improved to 5-0 this season, collecting their
first win on the road.
Down 51-32 late in the second half, the Jays began to show the level of
basketball that head coach Jim Flanery wanted to see the entire game.
Junior Sarah Nelson got things turned around for Creighton with a driving layup
to spark a 6-0 run. The remaining four points came from fellow junior
McKenzie Fujan on two free throws and a driving layup to make it a 51-38 lead
with 5:38 left.
Following a Kansas bucket, junior Carli Tritz sparked another Jays burst
with two free throws and a three-pointer from the left wing to cut the deficit
to just nine (52-43) with 4:24 remaining. Kansas' CeCe Harper, however,
was able to leak out following the shot for a transition layup to push the
Jayhawks back up 54-43.
Creighton held Kansas on the ensuing possession, then Fujan drove the lane
once again to make it to the foul line. The Weston, Neb. native sank one
of two, then junior Jordan Garrison poked the ball away from Kansas guard Angel
Goodrich. The bounce went directly to Fujan on the right side near
midcourt. With 2:30 remaining on the clock, Fujan raced to the bucket for
an uncontested layup, pulling the Jays within eight, 54-46.
Unfortunately time was not on the Creighton side as Kansas scored on two of
its final three possessions to hold on for the 58-48 win.
In the opening period, Kansas jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first eight
minutes behind five points from Natalie Knight and four by Carolyn Davis.
The Jays drew within eight points twice but Creighton struggled from the field
in the first half, shooting just 32% (8-of-32), and went into halftime down,
Fujan, Nelson and Tritz led Creighton with 11 points each, while Kansas got
12 from Davis and Monica Engelman.
The Jays finished the contest 18-of-46 from the field, including 10-of-21
(48%) in the second half. Kansas was 24-of-45 (53%).
The Jays return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah
against BYU. The game will be played in the home of the Utah Jazz, the
Energy Solutions Arena at 4 p.m.