PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four Bluejays finished in double figures, led by 34 from sophomore Marissa Janning, as the Creighton women's basketball team downed Providence, 97-65, on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The win lifted Creighton to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST action, while Providence fell to 5-10 on the season and 0-4 in conference play.
The Bluejays committed to pounding the ball inside early as seniors Sarah Nelson and Alyssa Kamphaus scored Creighton's first three baskets. Providence, however, answered each time tying the game at 6-6 for the third time.
Creighton responded by getting Janning an open look from outside the arc along the right elbow. The Minnesota native delivered and a foul was called away from the ball on Providence. Given another possession, Nelson took advantage with her third bucket of the game to give the Bluejays an 11-6 edge with 16:04 remaining in the half.
Out of the first media timeout, Providence hit consecutive treys to take a 12-11 lead, it would prove to be the only lead the Friars held. Janning answered with a three-ball of her own to put Creighton back in front at 14-12.
The game remained close late into the opening period. Leading 23-22 (8:18), Creighton used an 18-5 burst to build some separation. Janning and Kamphaus led the charge with a combined 12 points, during the run. The Bluejays went on to push their lead to 17 at half, 51-34, behind a layup from senior McKenzie Fujan and two free throws from Nelson.
The intermission did nothing to slow down Creighton's run as the Bluejays scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second half, including seven more by Janning. Up 61-36 with 18:17 showing on the clock, the Bluejay advantage was trimmed to 15 with 11:41 left (67-52). The Bluejays put the game away with a layup from Kamphaus, a trifecta by Nelson and a pull-up jumper from Janning to make it 74-52.
Janning's 34 point outburst eclipsed her previous career-high of 29, finishing 13-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Fujan chipped in 18, while Nelson and Kamphaus each posted 11 points in the win.
Providence's Alexis Harris led the Friars with 17 points.
As a unit, the Bluejays finished the game a season-high 62% from the field (37-of-60).
Creighton returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15 as the Bluejays host Xavier at 7 pm in D.J. Sokol Arena.
NOTES: Janning's 30+ point effort marks the second time in the last three games that a Bluejay has topped the 30-point threshold (Fujan - 38 vs. DePaul). Before this season, the last time a Bluejay topped 30 was Chevelle Herring on Dec. 13, 2008 vs. Kansas ... The 32-point victory is the largest conference margin of victory for Creighton since the Bluejays downed Indiana State, 79-46 on Jan. 14, 2002.