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The Jays' WBB squad returns home to host Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 25.
Courtesy: Eric Francis

WBB Hosts Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 25

OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball returns to D.J. Sokol Arena on Friday, Jan. 25 as the Jays host Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m.  The game will be carried by MVC-TV on Fox Sports Midwest. 

1/25: Northern Iowa (8-9, 3-2) at Creighton (13-4, 5-1)
 Fox Sports Midwest
Mitch Holthus (Play-by-Play) & Laura Leonard (Color Analyst)

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Keys to Success - Creighton
  • Execute on offense, 13-1 when scoring 50+
  • Contain Kalin
  • Take care of the ball.  In the loss at Wichita State the Jays surrendered 23 points off of turnovers.

Keys to Success - Northern Iowa
  • Get offensive contributions beyond Kalin, the Panthers are 6-2 when at least three players reach double figures
  • Slow Creighton down, the Jays like to push the pace.

Last 10 Meetings with Northern Iowa:
1/23/09    W    62-44 in Omaha
2/21/09    W    67-59 (ot) in Cedar Falls
1/24/10    W    62-58 in Omaha
2/21/10    L    57-73 in Cedar Falls
3/14/10    L    53-54 in St. Charles $
1/13/11    L    57-58 in Omaha
2/10/11    L    52-60 in Cedar Falls
1/27/12    W    65-50 in Omaha
2/24/12    W    74-48 in Cedar Falls
3/9/12    W    53-46 in St. Charles $
$ - MVC Tournament game

Creighton vs. Northern Iowa:
The Bluejays lead the all-time series with the Panthers, 33-16.  Creighton won all three meetings last season.

Last Time vs. Northern Iowa - W, 53-46 @ MVC Tournament (3-9-12)
Carli Tritz logged her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. to help Creighton defeat Northern Iowa 53-46 in the quarterfinals of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at The Family Arena. 

A 12-3 run put the Bluejays ahead 27-17 and Creighton would take a 30-23 lead into halftime.        The Jays blitzed the Panthers to start the second half, using a 10-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, up 40-25 after scoring eight consecutive points.  The Panthers responded by scoring the next 11 points and used a 15-2 run over nearly an eight-minute span to get the score to 42-40.  That was as close as UNI would get as Creighton weathered a 6:54 scoreless drought to maintain its lead.  Creighton’s final five points came at the free throw line in the final 22 seconds of the game to knock off the Panthers. 53-46.

About Northern Iowa
•  Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Northern Iowa has an enrollment of 13,168.
•  The Panthers finished 2011-12 with a 19-15 record and a 9-9 mark in the Valley.  UNI returned six letterwinners from last season and welcomed back the 2010-11 MVC Player of the Year, Jacqui Kalin. 
•  Northern Iowa was picked to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll.

Scouting the Panthers (8-9, 3-2 MVC)
Northern Iowa struggled with inconsistent play in the non-conference season, but the Panthers have started to put things together with wins in three of their last four.  Senior Jacqui Kalin is the driving force for Northern Iowa.  The 2010-11 MVC Player of the Year, Kalin is averaging 18.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.  She is also the Pantehrs most prolific outside threat with 46 of the teams’ 139 three-pointers.  The decorated guard enters the weekend with four consecutive games of 20 or more points and 1,732 career points. 

The key to Northern Iowa’s recent success, however, is that Kalin is beginning to get some help.  Freshman Jen Keitel posted a new career-high of 19 points in the Panthers’ 77-72 win over Bradley.

The Coaches
Jim Flanery (Creighton, 1987) is in his 11th season as head coach at his alma mater and his 21st straight season on the Bluejay bench.  He enters the weekend with a combined record of 203-133 (.604) and a 121-65 (.651) record in MVC play. 

Flanery reached two milestones in 2012-13 surpassing Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen as the winningest coach in Bluejays history, claiming his 197th win against Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 21, 2012.  He picked up his 200th career win at Evansville (70-63) on Jan. 5, 2013.

Flanery reached a new high as a head coach in 2011-12, leading the Jays to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.  Flanery was an assistant when Creighton made the NCAAs in 2002 and in 1994.  He joined a select group of coaches in 2011 as he eclipsed 100 Missouri Valley Conference wins.  The dean of the Missouri Valley, Flanery’s 120 MVC victories are tops in the league among active coaches.

Flanery led the Jays to five consecutive postseason appearances, a school record, culminating in an impressive effort against No. 14 St. John’s last season.  Despite falling to the Red Storm, 69-67, Creighton forced its Big East opponent into a last-second dash to the basket and a tear-drop bucket for the win. Creighton finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 20-13 record, including wins in eight of its final 10 games.  The Jays also delivered an impressive victory over the ACC’s North Carolina State, 74-67, on Nov. 27.

With Flanery at the helm over the past 10 seasons, the Bluejays have appeared in the postseason eight times, recorded six 20-win seasons, captured a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship (2003), an MVC Tournament Championship (2012) and played in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game four times.  In addition, the Jays have  made two appearances in the postseason WNIT Final Four and captured the first postseason national championship in school history by winning the 2004 WNIT.
Northern Iowa - Tanya Warren (Creighton, 1988)   Warren boasts a career mark of 87-74 in her sixth season as the head coach of the Panthers. During the 2011-2012 season, Warren led the Panthers to a successful season with 19 wins, marking its third straight season with 17 or more wins for only the second time in program history. The Panthers’ 63 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season are the school’s most over a span of three seasons. The team also racked up the first post-season victories in UNI history, winning three games to advance to the finals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).

Let it Fly
Creighton finished 13-of-32 from beyond the arc in their win at Missouri State.  It was the third time in six MVC games that the Jays knocked down at least 10 three-point field goals. Overall Creighton has hit 10 treys or more in seven games this season.  Creighton is 6-1 in those contests, the only loss coming at Minnesota.

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Try to Fix it!
The Jays have had the fortune of using the same starting five (McKenzie Fujan, Ally Jensen, Carli Tritz, Sarah Nelson and Alyssa Kamphaus) in each of Creighton’s 17 games.  Entering Friday, the Jays are one of just 16 teams in division I women’s basketball to use the same starting five in each game this season.

Ironically, the Creighton men’s basketball team has also used the same starting unit in every contest (Austin Chatman, Jahenns Manigat, Grant Gibbs, Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique).  Creighton is the lone school that has seen both its men’s and women’s basketball teams use the same starting five in every game.

Bench Rotations Provides a Spark
Over the past two seasons, Creighton has had the luxury of a deep bench.  Typically each player suited has an opportunity to contribute.  The result has been bountiful this season as the Jays’ bench has delivered 410 points this season, 150 more than their opponents.  Creighton’s reserves have outscored the opposing in each game, save the loss at Wichita State on Jan. 19.

Road Warriors
Nine of the Bluejays 13 wins this season have come away from home.  Creighton is presently 6-2 in true road games and 3-0 in neutral site contests. The biggest difference has been the Jays scoring offense away from home.  In six contests in D.J. Sokol Arena, Creighton is averaging 59.7 points, away from their home arena the Jays are putting up 79.4 ppg in 11 contests.

Live by the Three, ...
In Creighton’s 13 wins, the Jays have hit 40.2 percent of those attempts.  In four losses, Creighton has shot 30.4% from downtown.

Take Care of the Rock
In Creighton’s 13 wins, the Jays have 222 assists and just 176 turnovers (an average of 13.1 assists and 10.4 turnovers).  In four losses, Creighton has 58 assists and 80 turnovers (14.5 assists, 20 turnovers).  The assist-to-turnover difference is 1.2 in wins, 0.7 in losses.
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