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The Creighton women's basketball team faces off with Oregon State (Thursday), Clemson (Friday) and UNLV (Saturday) in the 'Duel in...
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Creighton WBB Heads to Las Vegas for 'Duel in the Desert' Tournament

12/19: vs. Clemson (6-3) - 9:30 p.m. (CT)
12/20: vs. Oregon State (7-2) - 9:30 p.m. (CT)
12/21: at UNLV (2-7) - 9:30 p.m. (CT)
Radio: 1180 AM Glen Sisk (play-by-play)
Stats & Video Links (Free): http://www.unlvrebels.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/duel-desert-13.html
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
Live Stats:
Live Stats for the Duel in the Desert Tournament will be provided by UNLV for each game.  Creighton’s matchups with the Clemson, Oregon State and UNLV are available at statbroadcast.com free of charge.  The direct link is:

Stats (Free): http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=unlv

Oregon State vs. Creighton:
Oregon State and Creighton have met four times previously, the last coming on Dec. 15, 2006. Creighton owns a 3-1 series edge on the Beavers.  Oregon State won the first meeting between the two squads, also at a neutral site tournament in Las Vegas, 82-56 in 1985.  Since then it has been all Bluejays, including a 74-62 win on DEc. 15, 2006 in Omaha.  Creighton will be the designated home team against Oregon State on Dec. 20.
 
Series with Oregon State:
Creighton leads 3-1
Home: 2-0  Away: 1-0  Neutral: 0-1
Date    Result    Score/Site
2/5/85    L    56-82 in Las Vegas
3/24/04    W    74-64 in Omaha @
12/2/04    W    76-75 at Oregon State
12/15/06    W    74-62 in Omaha
@ - WNIT game

Sereis History
Clemson vs. Creighton:
Clemson and Creighton will meet for the first time on Dec. 19, 2013.  Creighton will be the designated home team against the Tigers.

Creighton vs. UNLV:
UNLV and Creighton have also met four times previously, the last coming on March  30, 2004. UNLV owns the 3-1 series edge, taking the first three matchups.  Creighton won the last contest, 73-52 in Omaha for the 2004 WNIT Championship.

Series with UNLV:
UNLV leads 3-1
Home: 1-1  Away: 0-2  Neutral: 0-0
Date    Result    Score/Site
1/19/83    L    72-77 (ot) in Omaha
1/4/85    L    69-71 in Las Vegas
11/25/89    L    74-109 in Las Vegas
3/30/04    W    74-62 in Omaha @
@ - WNIT game

Last Time vs. Oregon State
(12-15-06): W, 74-62 in Omaha
Sara Cain scored a career-high 15 points and tied her career-best with nine rebounds to lead the Creighton women’s basketball team to a 74-62 win over Oregon State Friday night at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Creighton fell behind 4-0 to start the game, but bounced back with a 10-2 run, before the Beavers responded with the next seven points to claim a 13-10 lead with 10 minutes to play in the opening half. The Bluejays answered with a 10-0 run over a 2:34 span to take the lead for good. Creighton also ripped off an 11-0 run in the first half to push to its largest lead of the opening frame, up by 13.

Creighton didn’t let up in the second half, as it cruised to its first home victory of the year. The Beavers scored only one field goal in the first six-plus minutes of the second half, as the Bluejays opened up their largest lead of the season, going up 54-29 with 15:11 to play in the game. The 12-point final margin was the closest the foul-plagued Beavers could get to the Bluejays.

Cain finished 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 at the charity stripe for her career-high point total. She also pulled down a season-high nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end to help Creighton to a 35-33 rebounding advantage. Kristina Voss and Megan Neuvirth each added seven boards, including five offensive caroms for Voss as well.

Michelle Kaus chipped in 13 points, making three three-pointers for the second straight game. She also made all four of her free-throw attempts. For the fourth straight game, Chevelle Herring scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points on a series of scoop shot layups. Ally Thrall added a season-best seven assists.


About Oregon State

  • Located in Corvallis, Ore.
  • Founded in 1868.
  • Oregon State has an enrollment of 23,761.
  • The Beavers finished 2012-13 with an 10-21 record and a 4-14 mark in the Pac-12.
  • Oregon State returns seven letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Gibston,  Hunter & Weisner).
  • The Beavers were picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason poll, just ahead of Arizona State and just behind Utah.
Oregon State Head Coach: Scott Rueck (Oregon State, 1991)
  • Overall record of 333-145 in 17 seasons.   
  • 45-57 at Oregon State.
  • 2012 Pac-12 Media Coach of the Year .
  • 2009 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year.
  • 2009 NCAA Division III Championship.
  • Spent 14 seasons as the head coach at George Fox.
Scouting Oregon State (6-2)
After opening the season with four straight victories, the Beavers ran into back-to-back losses against Penn State and Florida in the Jankanoo Jam Tournament in the Bahamas.

Since returning to the States, the Beavers have won at Portland (79-73) on Dec. 6 and against Hawai’i (76-64) on Dec. 13.  

Three Oregon State starters average double figures, led by Jamie Weisner’s 14.6 ppg.  As a team, the Beavers are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, including 40.4 from beyond the arc.  

Oregon State has a nice blend of size (starting center Ruth Hamblin is 6’6’’ and forward Deven Hunter is 6’3’’) and outside shooting (the starting guards are a combined 52-of-114 from three-point land, or 45.6%).

Keys to the Game w/Oregon State:
Rebound as a Team: Facing the size disadvantage of the Beavers, Creighton must crash the boards as a unit.  In the loss to the Huskers, the Bluejays won the battle of the boards.
Get Nelson going:  Sarah Nelson has  struggled from the field since scoring 17 points at Kansas.  When she scores the Bluejays offensive distribution soars.    
Play Inside-Out: Last season Creighton hit 302 three-pointers, but the Bluejays have struggled recently.  Creighton must get interior scoring to open up its shooters.

About Clemson
  • Located in Clemson, S.C.
  • Founded in 1889.
  • Clemson has an enrollment of 19,911.
  • The Tigers finished 2012-13 with an 9-21 record and a 5-13 mark in the ACC. 
  • Clemson returns nine letterwinners from last season, including their entire starting five.
  • The Tigers were picked to finish 14th in ACC preseason poll, just ahead of Virginia Tech and just behind Wake Forest.
Clemson Head Coach: Audra Smith (Virginia, 1992)
  • Overall record of 144-141 in 11 seasons.   
  • 6-3 at Clemson.
  • Served as head coach at UAB from 2004-13.
  • Led UAB to a winning record in last four seasons.
  • Earned a WNIT bid in 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13.

 

Scouting Clemson (6-2)
Clemson dropped three of its first four contests, falling to Davidson (77-57), Cal State Northridge (69-53) and South Carolina (68-43).  Since that time the Tigers have rattled off five consecutive wins, including an 88-46 win over South Carolina State.

Clemson’s offense is led by Quinyotta Pettaway, who is averaging 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds despite coming off the bench in four contests.  

The Tigers have has success recently working the ball inside as Clemson scored 72 points in the paint over its last two contests.  

Keys to the Game w/Clemson:

  • Limit Pettaway: Quinyotta has 19 points against UNC-Greensboro.  The senior has the capacity to take over stretched of any game.  Creighton has a history of taking away its opponents best option, Pettaway is that.
  • Limit Turnovers to Control the Pace:  Clemson has forced opponents into 141 turnovers by pushing the pace, Creighton must control the tempo against the Tigers.



Last Time vs.UNLV: (3-30-04): W, 73-52 in Omaha
WNIT CHAMPIONSHIP

Senior guard Christy Neneman had 17 points and nine rebounds in her final game to lead Creighton (24-9) to the title of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament with a 73-52 victory over UNLV (26-8) Tuesday night in front of 4,180 fans at the Civic Auditorium.  

The Bluejays never trailed while winning the school’s first-ever postseason national title of any kind.

Creighton jumped on the Lady Rebels early, using an early 15-2 run to take a 17-4 lead in the opening seven minutes. The Bluejays would lead by at least nine points the rest of the way.

Creighton would use a 14-3 run midway through the first half to take their biggest lead of the half at 33-16. UNLV scored the final four points of the first half and would trail 41-29 at intermission. Laura Spanheimer had 12 points in the first half.

UNLV opened the second half with a three-pointer by InFini Robinson, drawing the Lady Rebels within single-digits (41-32) for the first time since 12-4. However, the Bluejays responded with a 10-2 run to return their lead to 17 with 15 minutes to go. Creighton later had a 13-0 burst to go ahead 66-37 with eight minutes left, prompting Creighton coach Jim Flanery to clear the bench.

Spanheimer led the Bluejays with 20 points, while swiping her 100th steal of the season and being named to the all-tournament team.  Dayna Finch scored 16 points and finished her career with 294 career three-pointers.  Finch joined Spanheimer on the All-Tournament Team, averaging a team-high 17 points during the tournament run.

Neneman averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per WNIT game and earned Most Valuable Player honors of the WNIT.

The Jays end their season on a five-game winning streak and with a 24-9 record for the second consecutive season.  

About UNLV

  • Located in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Founded in 1957.
  • UNLV has an enrollment of 27,500.
  • Known as the Lady Rebels.
  • UNLV finished 2012-13 with an 11-19 record and an 8-8 mark in the Mountain west. 
  • UNLV returns 10 letterwinners from last season, including four starters (Callaway, Haynes, Miller & Verin).
  • The Lady Rebels were picked to finish fifth in Mountain West preseason poll, just ahead of Utah State and just behind New Mexico.  UNLV did receive two first place votes.


UNLV Head Coach: Kathy Olivier (UNLV, 1982)

  • Overall record of 306-300 in 21 seasons.   
  • 74-92 at UNLV in six seasons.
  • Guided UNLV to a 20-win season in 2011-12 (22-10), and to the ninth WNIT appearance in team history.
  • Served as head coach at UCLA from 1993-2008.
  • Coached UCLA to the 1999 regular-season Pac-10 championship (1999), and the 2006 Pac-10 tournament title
  • Led the Bruins to the 1999 Elite Eight.
  • Played at Cal State Fullerson (1977-79) and at UNLV (1979-81)
Scouting UNLV (2-7)
The Lady Rebels have dropped five consecutive games, but have been in virtually every contest.  UNLV have lost its last three by a combined nine points.  UNLV has three of its five starters averaging double figures, led by Alana Cesarz (14.0 ppg). The Lady Rebels have committed 153 turnovers in nine games (17 per contest), but have forced 157. UNLV has struggled this season on the boards, averaging just 37.6 rebounds per game.

Keys to the Game w/UNLV:
  • Battle Fatigue and Remain Focussed: Playing the third game in three days is tough for a deep squad, let alone the Bluejay team that has suited 10 players this season. In addition, Saturday’s game with the Lady Rebels will be the last evening in Las Vegas
  • Use Post Depth:  Creighton matches up well inside against the Lady Rebels and the one area that Creighton has depth is in the post.  This will be a good opportunity to try to get Akin-Otiko, Kamphaus and Rollerson some confidence as BIG EAST play looms

Duel in the Desert Tournament

The ‘Duel in the Desert’ Tournament features eight teams in two distinctive pods.  Creighton is with Clemson, Oregon State and UNLV in the Scarlet division.  The Gray division is comprised of DePaul, Louisiana-Monroe, Pittsburgh and Washington.  Each pod plays all three opponents within the same division, but there are no crossover games. 

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