OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team defeated Fort Hays State, 77-47, in the Bluejays lone exhibition game of 2013-14 on Monday, Nov. 4.
As expected both teams struggled early as Creighton held a 3-2 edge at the first media timeout (15:25). Creighton began to find its rhythm over the next five mintues, thanks in large part to freshman Brianna Rollerson. The Omaha native scored eight straight Bluejay points to make it 11-4, draining all four shots she took. Senior Sarah Nelson extended the lead to double-digits with a three-ball from the corner (14-4) with 9:42 remaining.
The Bluejays pushed their lead to as much as 14 points (22-8) in the opening half, but Fort Hays State scored the final six points to make it 26-19 at the break.
The second half belonged to sophomore Marissa Janning as she scored 19 of her game-high 21 in the final 20 minutes. Janning was 3-for-4 from behind the arc in the second half and also picked up three assists.
Up 42-30 with 13:23 showing on the clock, Creighton used a 7-0 spurt to seperate themselves from the Tigers. Rollerson started the run with in short jumper from the wing, then junior Sammy Jensen chipped in a three-pointer from the corner, finally Nelson knocked down two free throws to make it 49-30.
Janning's 21 points led all scorers, while Rollerson finished with 16 points. Fort Hays State got 12 points from Katelyn Edwards and 11 from both Kath Lehman as well as Chelsea Mann.
Creighton opens the 2013-14 season at Drake on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Follow the game online on 1180 am KZOT.