Women's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Tops Bradley 68-59

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Carli Tritz
Courtesy: Eric Francis

PEORIA, Ill. - Creighton made 11-of-21 three-pointers to help the Bluejays beat Bradley 68-59 Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.  Ally Jensen made all five of her three-point field goal attempts in the win and tied Carli Tritz for team-high honors with 15 points.  Tritz tied career-highs with eight assists and six steals, while setting a career-high with three blocked shots in the road victory.

Creighton has now won five straight games and is 17-11 on the season and 11-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Braves dropped to 14-14, 5-11 in Valley play in the loss.

The first half proved to be a series of runs, as Creighton used a 7-0 run to claim a 9-6 lead five minutes into the game.  The Braves answered with an 8-0 run to go up 14-9 just three minutes later before a 15-2 run gave the Jays a 24-16 advantage with 9:20 left in the half.  Creighton led 26-18 before an 8-0 BU burst tied the game with five minutes left.  Creighton took a four-point lead into the break after Leah Kassing hit a shot at the buzzer for the Braves.

Creighton grabbed nine steals on 11 Bradley turnovers in the first half, while the Bluejays hit 6-of-13 three-pointers in the opening half.

Bradley scored the first seven points of the second half to regain a 37-34 lead just two minutes into play, but the Jays responded with a 7-3 run to pull ahead for good. 

The Bluejays led 56-52 before scoring the next eight points of the game to take control.  Consecutive three-pointers from Taylor Johnson and Jensen ended the run, putting the Jays ahead 64-52 with four minutes to play.

Creighton shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game, including 61.9 percent in the second half.  CU hit 11-of-21 threes in the game to help overcome getting outrebounded 39-29.

Tritz was 5-of-7 from the field, making both of her three-pointers in the game.  The sophomore hit 3-of-4 free throws and tied her career-highs with eight assists and six steals.  Her five rebounds equalled Jensen's for team-high honors.

Jensen hit 5-of-5 triples in the victory to finish with 15 points.  She shot into a 10th-place tie with Krissie Spanheimer on the CU career three-point list, surpassing Kristi Woodard, Chevelle Herring and Angela Timmons with 137 career threes.

Sarah Nelson and McKenzie Fujan each scored 10 points, while Nelson also blocked three shots in 24 minutes of play.  Johnson finished with nine points, making 3-of-6 three-pointers.

Catie O'Leary led Bradley with 18 points, while MacKenzie Westcott had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals for the Braves.

The Bluejays will look to close out the regular-season with a win next Saturday at Drake (14-14, 8-9 MVC).

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