NORMAN, Okla. - Plagued by foul trouble throughout the opening period, the Creighton women's basketball team fell to #18 Oklahoma, 80-52, on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 4-3 on the season, while Oklahoma moved to 5-2.
The NCAA's new emphasis on opening up the game of women's basketball hurt the Bluejays on Sunday as all four of the Creighton post players (Alexis Akin-Otiko, Alyssa Kamphaus, Sarah Nelson and Brianna Rollerson) picked up three fouls in the opening period. The result was 15 Oklahoma free-throw attempts in the opening period as the Sooners built a lead as high as 21 points (29-8).
Sophomore Marissa Janning rallied her troops by heating up behind the arc. Janning sank five three-pointers in the opening frame, while the Bluejays hit eight trifectas as a team in the first half. Unfortunately the Bluejays hit just two from inside the arc in the opening 20 minutes and trailed 44-28 at the break.
Despite a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half, Creighton could not capitalize on the momentum in the second period. The Bluejays scored the first two points of the period on free-throws from senior McKenzie Fujan, but Creighton hit just one bucket in the first 11 minutes. The Jays' shooting woes allowed Oklahoma to as much as 33 points at 73:40 (4:43).
Creighton responded with a 7-0 run on a layup from freshman Brianna Rollerson, a trey from Janning and two free throws from sophomore Tessa Leytem. The game, however, was out of reach as Oklahoma's 28-point win was the largest defeat the Bluejays have suffered since #3 Notre Dame downed Creighton, 76-48, on Dec. 4, 2011.
Shooting was a struggle for the Bluejays throughout the contest as Creighton made just 15 field goals in the game, including just six in the second half.
Janning was the only Bluejay to finish in double figures, equaling a career-high with six three-pointers.
Sharane Campbell led the way for Oklahoma with a career-high 25 points. Two other Sooners finished in double-figures, 17 points from Nicole Griffin and 13 by Aaryn Ellenberg.
The Bluejays return home to face Brigham Young on Saturday, Dec. 7 in D.J. Sokol Arena at 2:05 p.m.
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