OMAHA, Neb. - The top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) meet as Creighton hosts first-place Wichita State in the Jays' Pink game on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
2/16: Wichita State (17-7, 11-1) at Creighton (17-6, 9-3) - 3 p.m.
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Brad Burwell (Play-by-Play) & Rob Simms (Color Analyst)
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Creighton’s Pink Game Nearly Sold Out:
Creighton’s Annual Pink Game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness is nearly sold out. Less than 200 tickets remain for the battle between the Jays and Wichita State on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
MVC’s Top Two Collide
Sitting in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bluejays have an opportunity to draw closer to the first place Wichita State Shockers as the two squads battle on Saturday, Feb. 16 at
3 p.m. The Shockers took the first meeting by the score of 67-45 in Wichita, Kan. on Jan. 19.
Creighton vs. Wichita State:
The Bluejays lead the all-time series with the Shockers, 31-23. Creighton has lost four of the last five meetings with Wichita, but have won 11 straight against the Shockers in Omaha. The Jays are 16-6 all-time against WSU at home.
About Wichita State
Located in Wichita, Kan., Wichita State has an enrollment of 14,898.
The Shockers finished 2011-12 with a 20-13 record and a 12-6 mark in the Valley. WSU returns eight letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Diamond, Gordon and Turner).
Wichita State was picked to finish second in the MVC preseason poll.
Last 10 Meetings with Wichita State:
3/13/09 W 49-41 in St. Charles $
1/7/10 W 89-48 in Omaha
2/7/10 W 59-48 in Wichita
3/13/10 W 76-59 in St. Charles $
1/19/11 W 50-48 (ot) in Omaha
2/25/11 L 51-60 in Wichita
3/11/11 L 52-58 in St. Charles $
1/8/12 L 58-65 in Wichita
2/2/12 W 61-59 in Omaha
1/19/13 L 45-67 in Wichita
$ - MVC Tournament game
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Keys to the Game:
Turnovers: In the first meeting the Jays committed 22 turnovers (second highest total of the season) which led to 23 Wichita State points. The Shockers are forcing 19 turnovers per game.
Janning & Jones: Creighton’s Marissa Janning was 0-for-6 from the field on Jan. 19 and scored just one point. Janning leads Creighton with 13.1 points per game and 15.2 ppg in MVC play. Wichita State’s Jasmine Jones was 7-for-10 with a career-high 16 points. Jones averages 2.9 points per game and is shooting 29.9% this season.
Battle inside: Alyssa Kamphaus posted her first career double-double on Thursday (12 points, 11 rebounds). In the first meeting the Shockers outscored the Bluejays 36-14 in the paint and outrebounded Creighton 36-28.
Scouting the Shockers (17-7, 11-1 MVC) Wichita State suffered its first loss in Valley play on Feb. 10, 75-55 to Bradley. The Shockers, however, remain two games ahead of Creighton in first place.
Senior Jessica Diamond and sophomore Alex Harden provide the bulk of the offense for Wichita State. Diamond is averaging 13.0 points, while Harden put up 10 points per game. In conference play those numbers flip as Harden leads the team with 13.1 and Diamond is averaging 12.1.
Offense, however, is not the core of the Shockers. This team wins games on defense. Wichita State is a physical team that contests every pass. The Shockers prefer to keep the game in the high 50s to low 60s. When holding opponents to 55 points or less, Wichita State is 11-3.
Flanery against the Shockers
Coach Flanery has faced Wichita State 23 times as a head coach, holding an 18-5 mark against the Shockers. Creighton has not lost to the Shockers in Omaha under Flanery, posting a perfect 10-0 mark.
Queen of the Court
Freshman guard Marissa Janning scored a career-high 26 points in the Bluejays 67-51 win over Missouri State on Feb. 14. Janning’s 26 points were not only a career-high, but also topped the Bluejays’ record for points scored in a single game in D.J. Sokol Arena. The previous high was 25 points, shared by junior Carli Tritz (Jan. 29, 2012) and Kelsey Woodard (Jan. 27, 2011). Janning also tied Woodard for most three-pointers made (6) and attempted (11) in D.J. Sokol Arena.
Make it a Double-Double, Kampy Style
Valentine’s day proved special for junior Alyssa Kamphaus as she recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Jays’ 67-51 win over Missouri State. Kamphaus’ numbers tied career-highs in points and rebounds and set a new one for minutes played (28).
Make it an Even 200 for Ally
Senior Ally Jensen sank her 200th three-pointer on Feb. 14. The senior for Ames, Iowa sits fifth place in Creighton history from beyond the arc.
Creighton remains the NCAA leader in three-pointers made per game with an average of 9.5. Additionally freshman Marissa Janning moved up to 10th overall in three-point percentage. The Watertown, Minn., native raised her average to 43.5 with a 6-of-11 (.545) performance against Missouri State (2/14).
Tritz closing in on 1,000
Junior Carli Tritz is on a milestone chase, Tritz currently has 990 points in her three year career, with 10 more she’ll become the 24th Bluejay to reach 1,000 points. Carli is trying to join an elite list of Jays to reach the century mark in under 100 games, she has currently played in 86 contests. It took Doug McDermott of the men’s squad 57 games to accomplish the feat.