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Creighton faces Minnesota and Kansas in back-to-back contests this week.
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Creighton WBB Hosts Minnesota, Travels to Kansas

OMAHA, Neb. - The heart of the Creighton women's basketball schedule begins quickly as the Bluejays host Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 16, then travel to face Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 17.
11/16: vs. Minnesota (2-0) - 1:05 p.m.
Radio: KZOT AM 1180 (www.1620thezone.com)

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11/17: at Kansas (2-0) - 4:05 p.m.
Radio: KZOT AM 1180 (www.1620thezone.com)

The Bluejays game at Kansas will be available on ESPN Full Court.

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1216277/Womens-College-Basketball-Creighton-vs-Kansas

About Minnesota
  • Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Minesota has an enrollment of 52,557.
  • The Golden Gophers finished 2012-13 with an 18-14 record and a 7-9 mark in the Big 10.  
  • Minnesota returns seven letterwinners from last season, including four starters (Banham, Mullaney, Noga, & Riché).
  • Minnesota is receiving votes (2) in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.
Creighton vs. Minnesota:
The Golden Gophers have taken all six meetings with Creighton, including an 88-81 double overtime contest in Minnesota last season.

Series with Minnesota:
Date    Result    Score/Site
11/26/77    L    53-70 at Minnesota
12/15/79    L    58-92 at Minnesota
12/4/03    L    71-82 at Minnesota
11/28/04    L    71-79 in Omaha
11/22/06    L    55-75 at Minnesota
12/30/12    L    81-88 (2ot) at Minnesota

Last Time vs. Minnesota
(12-30-12): L, 81-88 (2OT) @ Minnesota
Despite a three-pointer from junior Jordan Garrison to force double overtime, Creighton fell to Minnesota, 88-81. Leading 54-37 with seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Bluejays were unable to stop Minnesota’s Rachel Banham as she scored 12 of her game-high 39 points to lead the Golden Gophers on a 21-4 run to tie the game at 58-58 and force overtime.

In the first extra frame it was the Bluejays’ turn to fight back. Down 69-61 with 2:08 left, Creighton forced double overtime with an 11-3 run. Ally Jensen got things started with a three-pointer from the right wing, then Carli Tritz cut it to three with two free throws to make it 69-66. After a Minnesota bucket, McKenzie Fujan drained a trey to make it 72-69.

A defensive stop set Creighton up for a chance to force a second overtime with 23 seconds remaining. The final play started in Tritz’s hands, a ball screen by Garrison set her free on the right wing for the game tying shot. Minnesota claimed the game in the second overtime going 5-of-8 in the final five minutes.

Minnesota Head Coach
Pam Borton  (Defiance, 1987)
  • Overall record of 285-185.
  • Winningest coach in Minnesota
  • women’s basketball history with a 216-139 (.608) record.
  • One Final Four, one Elite Eight, three Sweet Sixteens and six NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Boasts second-most NCAA Tournament wins among active Big Ten coaches (9-6).
  • Three WNBA Draft picks, including the No. 1 and No. 4 overall selections.
  • Two-time Naismith National Women’s Coach of the Year finalist.

Scouting the Golden Gophers (2-0)
Minnesota is off to a 2-0 start, earning victories at Northern Iowa (73-55 on Nov. 9) and over Charlotte (90-55 on Nov. 13).

Freshman center Amanda Zahui had a breakout first game with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Charlotte, while junior Rachel Banham has been steady with 15 points against UNI and 20 versus Charlotte.  Banham put up 39 points in Minnesota’s win over Creighton last season.

Behind Banham and the emergence of Zahui, Minnesota is a talented offensive team. The Golden Gopher’s weakness may be taking care of the ball.  Minnesota has committed 39 turnovers in two games, including 23 against Northern Iowa in the season opener.  

Another Golder Gopher to watch is Micaëlla Riché, the post player torched the Bluejays for 23 points and 10 rebounds in the meeting last season.
 
Keys to the Game w/Minnesota:
  • Control the pace: Over the last two seasons, Creighton has had difficulty with teams that prefer to push the ball.  The Bluejays committed a season-high 26 turnovers against Minnesota last season.  
  • Consistent Post Play: Alyssa Kamphaus and Brianna Rollerson must stay out of foul trouble to neutralize the 6-5 Sahui.  In addition, Kamphaus and Rollerson will need to make Sahui work on defense.
  • Rebound:  This is an area to watch all season long, the Bluejays will need everyone to crash the boards to make up for a their height disadvantage.  

About Kansas
  • Located in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Kansas has an enrollment of 27,939.
  • The Jayhawks finished 2012-13 with a 20-14 record and a 8-10 mark in the Big 12.  
  • Kansas returns seven letterwinners from last season, including two starters (Knight, & Gardner).
  • Kansas was picked to finish seventh in the Big-12 preseason poll.
  • Kansas is receiving 17 votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.
Creighton vs. Kansas:
Kansas leads the all-time series with Creighton, 24-12, including 14 of the 19 meetings in Lawrence, Kansas.  Creighton’s last victory over the Jayhawks came on Dec. 21, 2005 (68-63) in Omaha.  The last Bluejay win in Lawrence came one year earlier, 72-58, on Dec. 21, 2004.

Last 15 Meetings with Kansas:
Date    Result    Score/Site
12/7/99    W    55-54 in Omaha
12/16/00    W    76-54 in Lawrence
11/20/01    W    72-58 in Omaha
12/14/02    W    72-58 in Lawrence
12/21/04    W    68-63 in Omaha
12/21/05    L    52-63 in Lawrence
11/20/06    L    47-60 in Omaha
11/27/07    L    56-91 in Lawrence
12/13/08    L    58-59 (ot) in Omaha
3/23/09    L    64-79 in Lawrence @
12/13/09    L    56-77 in Lawrence
3/21/10    L    68-71 in Lawrence @
12/22/10    L    58-64 in Omaha
11/16/11    L    59-73 in Lawrence
11/25/12    L    48-58 in Lawrence
@ - WNIT game
C - Game played at CenturyLink Center Omaha

Last Time vs. Kansas
(11-25-12): L, 48-58 @ Omaha
Down 51-32 late in the second half, the Jays began to show the level of basketball that head coach Jim Flanery wanted to see the entire game. Sarah Nelson got things turned around for Creighton with a driving layup to spark a 6-0 run. The remaining four points came from McKenzie Fujan on two free throws and a driving layup to make it a 51-38 lead with 5:38 left.

Following a Kansas bucket, Carli Tritz sparked another Jays burst with two free throws and a three-pointer from the left wing to cut the deficit to just nine (52-43) with 4:24 remaining. A short time later, Fujan drove the lane once again to make it to the foul line (making one of two). Later, Jordan Garrison poked the ball away from Kansas guard Angel Goodrich. The bounce went directly to Fujan on the right side near midcourt. With 2:30 remaining on the clock, Fujan raced to the bucket for an uncontested layup, pulling the Jays within eight, 54-46.

Time, however, was not on the Creighton side as Kansas scored on two of its final three possessions to hold on for the 58-48 win.

Kansas Head Coach
Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State, 1996)
  • Overall record 318-197
  • 160-135 at Kansas
  • 14 postseason appearances.
  • Average 20-wins per season.
  • Three NCAA Sweet-16s.
  • Five WNBA Draft picks.
Scouting the Jayhawks (2-0)
Kansas comes into the matchup with the Bluejays at 2-0, sporting an 84-62 win over Oral Roberts on Nov. 10 and a 72-56 win against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Nov. 13.  

The departures of Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis mean the Jayhawks will be reloading in 2013-14.  Juniors Chelsea Gardner and Asia Boyd, however, have more than picked up the pace through two games.  Gardner leads Kansas with 43 points in the two victories, while Boyd is averagine 17.5 points and seven rebounds in a starting role.

Similar to Minnesota and Creighton, Kansas has struggled to take care of the rock in the opening two games, committing 40 turnovers.  In addition, the Jayhawks have not yet found their range from beyond the arc.  As a team, Kansas is just 7-of-28 from three-point land.  
 
Keys to the Game w/Kansas:
  • Force the ball out of the paint: Kansas has scored 58 points in the paint over two games.  More importantly the Jayhawks have put up 59 points at the free throw line.  If you can make Kansas shoot jump shots, the Jayhawks become an average team.  
  • Make Knight keep the ball:  Junior guard Natalie Knight has gotten off to a rough start in the first two games, shooting just 1-of-10 from beyong the arc.  She however leads Kansas with 10 assists.
  • Take care of the ball: While Kansas is averaging  20 turnovers per game, the Jayhawks have forced 21 per contest.  Kansas has a knact for turning turnovers into points, scoring  47 points off free possessions.
20-20 Vision
Sophomore Marissa Janning is the first Bluejay to open a season with back-to-back 20-point performances since 1992-93 when Kris Kugel went for 24 & 26 against Iowa State and Chicago State.  Janning delivered 21 points in Creighton’s season-opener at Drake, then dropped 20 on South Dakota State on Nov. 12.  

This is the second time in her career that Janning has posted back-to-back 20+ games, scoring 21 & 22 against Bradley (Feb. 23, 2013) and Drake (March 3, 2013) last season.

Stepping Out and Up
Trailing 25-18 (6:43), head coach Jim Flanery was assessed  a technical foul for being outside the coach’s box.  South Dakota State took advantage, hitting both free throws, but it was Creighton that seized the momentum as the Bluejays went on a 14-6 run to take a 32-31 lead with 2:13 left in the first half,

Technically Speaking
Flanery’s T was just the fourth technical foul of his career.  During the Flanery Era (2002-present), Creighton has collected just nine technical fouls in 354 games.

Creighton Technical Fouls - Flanery Era
Date        Result, Location (Technical)
12/14/02    W, 55-54 at Kansas (Flanery)
1/25/04    W, 81-64 vs. UNI (Laura Spanheimer)
3/21/04    W, 74-69 at Washinton (Flanery)
2/26/05    L, 58-65 at UNI (Kristi Woodard)
2/2/06    L, 63-70 at Missouri State (Flanery)
2/24/06    L, 58-78 at Indiana State (Kristina Voss)
11/17/08    L, 67-72 vs. Nebraska (Flanery)
2/27/09    L, 44-51 vs. Drake (Voss)
11/12/13    W, 68-62 vs. South Dakota State (Flanery)
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