WBB Travels to Norman to Face #18 Oklahoma
Creighton vs. Oklahoma:
Oklahoma and Creighton have met four times, with the Sooners getting the better of the exchange in each meeting. Last season, the Sooners and Bluejays opened the 2012-13 as Oklahoma downed Creighton, 69-48 in Omaha on Noc. 10.
Series with Oklahoma:
Date Result Score/Site
12/2/85 L 76-94 at Oklahoma
12/3/08 L 49-69 at Oklahoma
12/20/09 L 58-67 in Omaha
11/10/12 L 48-69 in Omaha
Last Time vs. #12 Oklahoma
(11-10-12): L, 48-69 in Omaha
The Bluejays got off to a fast start as Creighton jumped out to an 8-2 lead behind good ball movement. McKenzie Fujan opened the scoring on a back-cut for an easy layup. Fujan was fouled on the shot and converted the free throw to make it 3-0. Following an Oklahoma bucket, Ally Jensen drilled a three-pointer to make it 6-2. Moments later it was Jensen distributing inside to Alyssa Kamphaus for a right-handed layup to give the Bluejays a six-point edge, 8-2, with 16:44 remaining in the opening period.
The 12th-ranked Sooners were able to adjust their defense quickly, clogging up the passing lanes to force Creighton into more outside shots. The result was a 16-2 run for Oklahoma over the ensuing five minutes to push the Sooners out to a lead of 18-10. Oklahoma extended its lead to as much as 14 at 30-16 and took a 36-24 edge in at the break.
Creighton was 9-of-34 in the opening 20 minutes (.273), including just 3-of-16 (.188) from beyond the arc. The Jays finished the game 17-of-65 from the field (.262) and 7-of-31 (.226) from beyond the arc. Oklahoma shot .482 for the game (27-of-56), including 7-of-14 from three-point land.
Oklahoma Head Coach
Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987)
Scouting the Sooners (4-2)
The 18th-ranked Sooners are a high scoring bunch, averaging 86 points per game. The high-water mark of the season for Oklahoma came on Nov. 20 as the Sooners downed Texas-Arlington, 99-46.
Oklahoma opened the 2013-14 season with three straight wins, but have dropped two of its last three. The Sooners fell in overtime against #4 Louisville, 97-92, on Nov. 17 and dropped their first road game of the season, 82-76 at UCLA (RV) on Nov. 24.
After spending some time helping Team USA to a gold medal at the World University Games this summer, Aaryn Ellenberg has played some of her best basketball at the start of 2013-14. Ellenberg is averaging 19.3 ppg through six games, she has also grabbed 33 rebounds (5.5 rpg) as well as 17 steals (2.9 spg).
While Ellenberg has keyed the offense, Oklahoma has also been edept at cleaning the glass this season. The Sooners are averaging 43.7 rebounds per game, compared to Creighton’s 32.2.
Like several of Creighton’s early season opponents, Oklahoma has been susceptible to the turnover. The Sooners have 99 turnovers in six games and committed 18 & 20 respectively in their losses to UCLA & Louisville.
Keys to the Game w/Oklahoma:
While no Bluejay player has faced Oklahoma in Norman, assistant coach Chevelle Herring put up 16 points in her last trip to Lloyd Noble Center. She led the Jays in the game, hitting 4-of-10 from three-point land.
Janning Warming to Her Western Neighbor, South Dakota
Minnesota native Marissa Janning appears to be warming to her neighbors from to the west, South Dakota. As a freshman, Janning scored 0 & 8 points in games with South Dakota State and South Dakota. This season she put up 20 on both the Jackrabbits and the Coyotes.
After holding the team-high of eight rebounds for since the second game of teh season, Janning now has company. Alyssa Kamphaus and Brianna Rollerson each grabbed eight rebounds in the Bluejays 63-48 win over South Dakota on Nov. 26. Ironically, Janning’s eight boards came aginst South Dakota State, a 68-63 win on Nov. 12.