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Marissa Janning
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Bench Mob Leads Women's Basketball Over Indiana State, 69-50

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton women's basketball team opened the second half on a 20-5 run and moved into sole possession of first place in the MVC with a 69-50 win over Indiana State on Sunday.

Creighton never trailed, improving to 12-3 (4-0 MVC) with its fourth straight win. Indiana State dropped to 10-5 (2-2 MVC), falling short of its first road sweep of Creighton and Drake since the 2006-07 season.

Indiana State's defense ranked 13th nationally by allowing just 50.2 points per game coming in, but were no match for a Creighton offense predicated on long-range marksmanship and countless lay-ups off pretty feeds to cutting teammates.

Creighton used its defense to break free from a close game midway through the first half. Clinging to a 14-10 lead, Creighton held ISU scoreless over the next 4:21. In that time, McKenzie Fujan hit a runner and Sarah Nelson and Marissa Janning followed with three-point shots as an 8-0 run prompted a Sycamore timeout with the score 22-10 in the hosts favor. ISU's field goal drought would last over six minutes until Marina Laramie scored, only to have CU answer with a long-range shot by Jordan Garrison.

Creighton would take a 32-20 lead into the intermission behind 10 points each from reserves Garrison and Janning. Garrison and reserve Alexis Akin-Otiko were also tied for the team-lead with three rebounds at the break. Creighton made 7-of-14 shots from three-point range in the opening half, while ISU was 0-for-6 from downtown.

After scoring just four baskets inside the arc in the first half, Creighton went inside to start the second stanza. The Jays got two hoops from Alyssa Kamphaus and one each by Carli Tritz and Nelson to make it 40-22 before finding Janning in the corner for a three-pointer to make it 43-22. After a media timeout and defensive stand, Akin-Otiko's lay-up pushed the lead to 45-22.

Creighton's scoring binge continued with consecutive treys by sisters Sammy and Ally Jensen to make it 55-25 as the Jays made 10 baskets after intermission before ISU's second score, and the Sycamores never got any closer than the final margin of 19 the rest of the afternoon.

Garrison led Creighton with 14 points, wihle Janning added 13. Joining them in double-figures was Nelson, who finished with 11 points. Creighton shot 48.1 percent from the floor and hit 10-of-22 shots from three-point range. Creighton outrebounded ISU 34-29 for the game and dished 19 assists on 25 baskets. The Bluejay bench scored 38 of CU's 69 points on the day.

ISU was led in scoring by 11 points from Laramie and 10 from Kasey Johnson, while Travecia Franklin had a game-high 11 rebounds. ISU shot 37.5 percent from the floor (18-48).

Creighton returns to action on Saturday with a 7:05 pm game at fellow Valley unbeaten Wichita State (9-6, 3-0 MVC).

NOTES: Creighton has won eight straight meetings with Indiana State and now leads the all-time series 34-12, including an 18-3 mark in Omaha ...ISU played without injured Anna Munn, who ranks 29th in the nation in three-pointers per game, leads the MVC with 37.2 minutes per game and is third in the MVC with 14.7 ppg ...All 10 Creighton players in uniform scored 12 minutes or more, and all but Tessa Leytem scored three or more points. Leytem had two assists and two rebounds.
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