DES MOINES, Iowa - After making four of its first seven three-pointers Saturday afternoon against Drake, the Creighton women's basketball team made only 3-of-25 the rest of the way in losing 65-54 to the Bulldogs in the regular-season finale for both squads. Sam Schuett recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Carli Tritz led the Bluejays with 15 points and five steals in the losing effort.
Creighton dropped its third straight Missouri Valley Conference game for the first time since the 2007-08 season, finishing the regular-season with an 18-11 overall record. The Bluejays' 12-6 MVC record puts them even with Missouri State and Illinois State in the final standings, but the Jays will be the fourth seed in the upcoming State Farm MVC Tournament.
The Bluejays led 13-10 following a Kelsey Woodard bucket, but the Bulldogs (15-14, 9-9 MVC) would score the next seven points to push ahead 17-13. Creighton responded with a 9-0 run, which included a three-pointer from Ally Jensen, as she was the fourth different Bluejay to hit a three-pointer in the game's opening 10 minutes. The 22-17 lead with 7:20 left in the first half proved to be CU's largest of the game, as the Bulldogs would respond with a 17-2 to close the first half, as Creighton lost it's shooting touch.
After making 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc to open the game, the Bluejays missed their final eight shots from three-point range to close the half and the Bulldogs took advantage and took control of the game. Drake made 50 percent of its first-half shots in building a 34-24 halftime lead.
The second half proved to be more of the same, while the Jays could not regain their shooting form from the opening minutes, the Bulldogs shot nearly 50 percent after the half. The Bluejays never got closer than 11 points in the second half, as they dropped their third straight game for the first time since early in the 2009-10 season.
The Jays made only 3-of-25 (.120) from three-point range after making 4-of-7 to start the game. Creighton finished just 7-of-32 (.219) from beyond the arc and shot just 30.2 percent from the field in the loss. CU was out-rebounded 41-38 and was out-scored in the paint 38-20.
Schuett logged her fifth double-double in MVC play this season and her 18th career double-dime with her 13 points and 10 rebounds. She was just 3-of-10 from three-point range. Tritz played 39 minutes and topped the Bluejays with 15 points, five assists and five steals. Freshman Sarah Nelson came off the bench to chip in 10 points in the losing effort.
Rachael Hackbarth proved to be a force in the paint, leading the Bulldogs with 23 points and seven rebounds, shooting 10-of-17 from the field. Kristin Turk chipped in 18 points, tied Hackbarth with seven boards and swiped five steals on her Senior Day.
Creighton now turns its attention to the postseason, where it will face No. 5-seed Wichita State (16-13, 10-8 MVC) in a MVC Tournament quarterfinal game on Friday at 2:30 pm in St. Charles, Mo.
NOTES: Creighton had not lost three straight games since falling to three consecutive ranked opponents in December, 2009 ... CU last lost three straight MVC games since Jan. 12-20, 2008 ... CU has not entered the MVC Tournament on a three-game losing streak since 1997 ... The loss snapped CU's longest winning streak in the series with Drake at five wins ... Of Schuett's 18 career double-doubles, 16 have come against MVC teams ... Woodard is now tied with Kourtney Mennen (Indiana State) for seventh in league history with 256 career three-pointers ... Woodard now ranks ninth in CU history with 1,463 points.