2012-13 (Junior) Nelson anchored the Jays as a junior, starting all 33 games with 385 points and 258 rebounds ... Sarah’s 11.7 ppg and 115 assists were second on the team, while she led Creighton in rebounds (7.8 rpg) and blocks (47) ... Nelson’s 17 points and seven rebounds helped the Bluejays down No. 22 Syracuse in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23 ... The Omaha native became the Jays’ 25th 1,000 point club member in the win over the Orange ... Nelson nabbed 11 rebounds in the Jays’ 64-61 overtime loss to Illinois State in the MVC Tournament semifinals on March 16 ... An All-MVC First Team member, Sarah was also named to the MVC All-Defensive Team prior to the start of the MVC Tournament ... Nelson put up 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, including a pair of clutch three-pointers to lift the Bluejays past Evansville, 74-69 in overtime on March 7 ... Sarah helped the Jays close out their road schedule with back-to-back wins at Northern Iowa (73-66 on 2/21) and at Bradley (83-65 on 2/23). The junior dropped 19 and 18 points respectively in the Bluejay wins. At Bradley, Nelson dished out a career-best eight assists and also nabbed eight rebounds ... Nelson’s line against Drake of Feb. 2; 8-for-9 from the field for 19 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, three blocks and one steal so impressed ESPN.com’s Graham Hays, he referred to her as nearly perfect in his Mid-Major Poll on Feb. 5 ... Nelson posted her 15th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Jays’ 73-53 win at Missouri State on Jan. 21 ... Sarah recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds to push Creighton past Illinois State, 64-45, on Jan. 11 ... Nelson celebrated her 21st birthday with 19 points and nine rebounds on Dec. 30, but the Jays fell at Minnesota in double overtime, 88-81 ... Sarah earned MVC Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Week for her performance at the Caribbean Classic on Dec. 21 and 22. Nelson dropped a career-high 29 points on South Florida on Dec. 22 and posted seven rebounds and seven assists versus Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 21 ... Nelson delivered her best defensive effort as a Jay, holding National Player of the Year candidate Jordan Hooper without a point in Creighton’s 66-57 win over No. 25 Nebraska (Dec. 5) ... Sarah recorded her first double-double of the 2012-13 season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, including a decisive three-pointer from NBA range to lift Creighton over BYU, 65-62 in overtime on Nov. 28 ... Nelson was dominant in the Jays’ 53-49 win at South Dakota, leading the Jays with 23 points and seven rebounds ... Off the court, Nelson was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the second straight season and was named to the DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team.
2011-12 (Sophomore) Sarah had a breakout sophomore season, earning Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention as she scored 409 points and gathered 251 rebounds ... Nelson also was selected to the MVC All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 blocked shots per game, leading the Jays to the tournament championship and the Jays’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2002 ... Nelson earned the MVC Player of the Week twice in the season’s first three weeks ... She became the first Bluejay to win MVC Player of the Week twice in one season since 2008-09 (Megan Neuvirth) and first to win twice in a month since February 2002 (Christy Neneman) ... Nelson led the team with 10 double-doubles in 2011-12, the most by a Bluejay since Creighton Hall of Famer Pam Gradoville had 14 in the 1987-88 season ... Nelson closed her sophomore campaign with the team lead in field goal percentage (.500), rebounding (7.6 rpg), blocks (43), free throw attempts (123) and double-doubles (10) ... Her 251 rebounds were fifth in single-season school history, while Sarah’s 43 blocks are the eighth best single season in Creighton history ... Nabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against South Dakota (Nov. 22) ... Scored 22 points, adding 10 rebounds against NC State (Nov. 27) ... Led the team in points (18), rebounds (7), assists (4), steals (4) and blocks (2) at Missouri State (Jan. 5)... Delivered 11 rebounds, 10 points and five assists against Southern Illinois on Jan. 14, becoming just the fourth Bluejay (Megan Neuvirth, Laura Spanheimer, Christy Neneman) in the last decade with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game ... Dominated Southern Illinois with a career-high 25 points and six assists at SIU on Feb. 11 ... Logged a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, along with four blocked shots against Illinois State (Feb. 17) ... Blocked a career-high six shots against Missouri State (March 10) in the MVC Tournament semifinals, one shy of the school record ... Off the court, Nelson was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and the 2011-12 National Academic All-Jesuit Women’s Basketball Team.
2010-11 (Freshman) Named to the MVC All-Freshman Team ... Twice named MVC Newcomer of the Week ... Started nine of the 31 games she played, earning her first career start against North Dakota State (Dec. 18) ... Eight of her nine starts came inside MVC play ... Led the team with 29 blocked shots and ranked second on the team with 137 rebounds ... Scored in double figures 10 times, including seven times off the bench ... Came off the bench in three of her top four scoring games ... Held scoreless twice – the first game and last game of the season ... Made 6-of-8 field goals and poured in 15 points against Illinois State (Feb. 19) ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 7 after averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, including a 14-point, 3-block performance against Evansville (Feb. 5) ... Went 5-for-5 from the floor, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds against Wichita State (Jan. 29) ... Scored a season-high 17 points in just 14 minutes at Illinois State (Jan. 20), making 7-of-10 field goals and 2-of-3 threes ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 24 after averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds ... Scored 11 points in big win over Marquette (Nov. 28) ... Tied season-high with four assists against Nebraska (Dec. 8) and Wyoming (Nov. 20) ... Logged a double-double with 14 points and season-best 10 rebounds in just her second game at North Carolina State (Nov. 13).
Westside High School McDonald’s All-America nominee as a senior ... B’nai B’rith Female Athlete of the Year and Omaha Boys & Girls Club Basketball Player of the Year as a senior ... Named First Team All-State Class A and First Team SuperState (all classes) as both a junior and senior by the Omaha World-Herald ... Tabbed the honorary captain of Class A All-State team as a senior ... Earned First Team All-State Class A and Second Team SuperState as a sophomore ... Named first team all-conference her final three seasons, including honorary captain of the team as a senior ... Served as a team captain in her final three seasons ... Played in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game and the Metro Coaches All-Star Game ... Leading scorer in school history with 1,418 points ... Set school record with 467 points as a senior (19.5 per game) ... Also added 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior ... Set school-record with 41 points in a game against Omaha Burke as a senior ... Averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a junior and 14.4 points and 9.8 boards as a sophomore ... Pulled in 920 career rebounds ... Averaged 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in her career ... Owns school records with 16 two-pointers in a game and 180 two-pointers in a season ... Once pulled down 21 rebounds in a game as a junior ... A standout soccer player, earned First Team All-State Class A and SuperState as both a junior and senior ... Also earned first team all-state honors as a sophomore and three-time first team all-conference on the soccer pitch ... Named the MVP of the Shrine Soccer Classic All-Star Game ... Four-year letterwinner in both basketball and soccer ... Played AAU basketball for the Omaha Crusaders and Pinnacle Bank All-Stars.
Personal Older sister Kellie (24) played basketball at Creighton (2007-11) … Her father, Kevin, played basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Flanery on Nelson “Sarah received a great deal of attention from our opponents, because she can impact the game in so many ways. I thought she handled it well. In games that she doesn’t score a lot, she continues to impact the game as a defender, a passer and a ball handler.”