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, 30-18.
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.