#4 Creighton (18-12) vs.
#1 Missouri State (22-7)
State Farm MVC Tournament Semifinals
Saturday, March 10, 2012 ● 1:35 p.m.
Radio: KOIL AM 1180
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
Live Stats: www.mvcstcharles.com
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
· Creighton is now 20-18 all-time in the MVC Tournament, including 3-5 as the No. 4 seed.
· The Jays are aiming to appear in their seventh MVC Tournament championship game and fourth in the last six years (1994, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010).
· Creighton is 10-9 at the MVC Tournament under Jim Flanery
· Jim Flanery is now 188-128 (.595) in his career.
· Creighton is now 6-4 all-time at the Family Arena while CU’s all-time shooting percentage at the venue dropped in its win yesterday. The Bluejays are shooting just 35.4 from the field and only 26.5 percent from three-point range in 10 games at the venue.
· In five of its 10 games played at the Family Arena, Creighton has held its opponent under 50 points, including yesterday’s 53-46 win over UNI.
· Creighton shot just 32.2 percent from the field in its win over UNI yesterday, including just 26.9 percent in the second half. It was Creighton’s lowest field goal percentage in a victory this season.
· Creighton scored 10 points and made 4-of-6 shots in the first 3:44 of the second half during Friday’s win before missing its next 10 field goal attempts and scoring only eight points over the next 13:54. The Jays made only three of their final 20 field goal attempts (.150), after starting the game 16-of-39 (.410).
· Five different Bluejays hit one three-pointer in the win over UNI on Friday.
· Creighton’s bench outscored the UNI bench 13-3 on Friday and the Bluejay bench has now outscored the opposition’s reserves 93-21 in the last five games.
· Creighton’s win over UNI in the quarterfinals was its first in a March game since March 19, 2010 over Stephen F. Austin in the WNIT. CU had dropped five straight March games since that win and is now 34-22 all-time in March under Jim Flanery.
· Creighton is looking to avoid going 0-3 vs. Missouri State this season. The Bluejays have not gone 0-3 against an opponent in one season since 2005-06 when Indiana State turned the trick.
· The last time CU beat a team in the MVC Tournament after getting swept by that team in the regular-season was 1998-99 when the Bluejays beat Drake in the Valley quarterfinals after the Bulldogs swept the regular-season series.
· Senior DaNae Moore scored a career-high 15 points in CU’s win over UNI Friday. She has now scored in double figures four times in 126 career games.
· DaNae Moore scored 15 points, making 7-of-13 field goals on Friday after scoring 16 points on 4-of-10 field goals in her first seven career MVC Tournament games.
· Moore is now tied for fourth in school history (Kelsey Crites, Codi Walker) with 126 career games played.
· Carli Tritz tied her career-high with 10 rebounds on Friday. She added 11 points to record her first career double-double and become the first Bluejay other than Sarah Nelson to grab a double-double this season.
· Tritz led all players with four steals on Friday to give her 34 steals in her last 10 games after she recorded 24 steals in her first 19 games played.
· Ally Jensen’s second-half three-pointer on Friday snapped a two-year scoring drought for the junior. After scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from three-point range in her MVC Tournament debut against Drake in the 2010 quarterfinals, she had gone 0-for-7 from the field and been held scoreless in her three MVC Tourney games since. Jensen scored four points on Friday and is now 7-for-23 (.304) in her MVC career – with all of her field goal attempts in tourney play coming from beyond the arc.
· Even with her 1-for-4 performance from three-point range on Friday, Ally Jensen is still 10-of-17 (.588) from long range in her last three games. She ranks 29th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage this year (.376).
· With Creighton’s win on Friday it improved to 6-0 on Fridays this year, which included three wins over UNI.
· Creighton is 18-12 through 30 games for the second straight season, despite losing three starting seniors which included two 1,000-point scorers.
· Carli Tritz moved past 750 career points (753) and Sarah Nelson moved past 600 career points (605) during Creighton’s win over UNI on Friday.
Against the Lady Bears
· Creighton is 16-31 all-time against Missouri State, including 1-2 on neutral floors.
· The Bluejays are 7-8 in their last 15 meetings with the Lady Bears.
· The Bluejays are 1-5 against Missouri State in the MVC Tournament.
o L, 71-88 in Springfield, March 12, 1994 (Finals)
o L, 54-66 in Des Moines, March 8, 1996 (Semifinals)
o L, 69-83 in Springfield, March 6, 1998 (Semifinals)
o L, 53-72 in Springfield, March 9, 2000 (Quarterfinals)
o L, 70-81 in Des Moines, March 14, 2003 (Semifinals)
o W, 56-49 in St. Charles, March 14, 2008 (Quarterfinals)
· Creighton has twice gone 0-3 against Missouri State in a season – 1995-96 and 1999-2000.
· Jim Flanery is 8-14 all-time against Missouri State, including 1-1 in the MVC Tournament.
· Missouri State swept the regular-season series this year, winning 70-60 in Springfield on Jan. 5 and 63-55 on Feb. 4 in Omaha.
· Missouri State’s win in Omaha made the Lady Bears the first opponent to claim two wins inside D.J. Sokol Arena.
· The Bluejays actually shot a higher percentage from the field than the Lady Bears in the two meetings this year, as CU shot 39.7 percent from the floor and MSU shot 39.6 percent.
· Missouri State shot 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19) in the series this year, compared to just 10-of-40 (.250) from Creighton.
· MSU outscored Creighton 37-13 at the free-throw line this year, as the Lady Bears attempted 27 more free throws in the two games combined. (CU was 13-of-23, .565 and MSU was 37-of-50, .740)
· Missouri State outrebounded Creighton by 12 in the first meeting and by four in the second meeting to own a plus-8.0 average on the glass in the two games this year.
· Sarah Nelson averaged 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game against MSU this year. She scored 18 points in the loss at MSU this year and averages 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in her career against the Lady Bears.
· Carli Tritz averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game against Missouri State this year. In her career she averages 15.5 points, 5.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds against the Lady Bears.
· Ally Jensen is just 5-of-21 (.238) from three-point range in six career games against Missouri State.
· Missouri native, freshman Taylor Johnson went 3-of-9 from three-point range and averaged 5.5 points per game against MSU this year.
· Jordan Garrison, a native of Osceola, Mo. (70 miles north of Springfield) made 3-of-10 three-pointers against MSU this year and averaged 5.5 points against the Lady Bears.
· Freshman Alexis Akin-Otiko had her highest scoring MVC game against Missouri State on Jan. 5, making 5-of-5 shots for 10 points before leaving the game following a collision with Casey Garrison. Akin-Otiko received stitches below her right eye, while Garrison suffered a broken nose.
· Creighton’s only MVC Tournament title was secured on Missouri State’s home court in 2002.