Notes #4 Creighton (19-12) vs.
#7 Drake (18-14)
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Sunday, March 11, 2012 ●
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is now 21-18 all-time in the MVC Tournament, including 4-5 as the No. 4 seed.
Bluejays are appearing in their seventh MVC Tournament championship game and fourth
in the last six years (1994, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010).
Bluejays are 1-5 in their six previous MVC Tournament finals appearances
L, 71-88 vs. Missouri State in Springfield
L, 72-75 (OT) vs. Evansville in Des Moines
W, 77-74 vs. Drake in Springfield
L, 64-65 (OT) vs. Drake in Des Moines
L, 45-47 vs. Evansville in St. Charles
L, 53-54 vs. Northern Iowa in St. Charles
is 11-9 at the MVC Tournament under Jim Flanery. Flan’s teams are 0-3 in the MVC title game.
has been the higher seed in each of its previous three title game appearances –
all losses.Two of the three defeats
came to a team which needed to win four games in four days.
– No. 6 seed Creighton lost to No. 8 seed Drake
– No. 2 seed Creighton lost to No. 9 seed Evansville
– No. 2 seed Creighton lost to No. 5 seed Northern Iowa
last three MVC title game losses have come by a total of four points, including
a one-point overtime loss to Drake in the 2007 title game.Creighton’s last five losses in the MVC
Tournament have been by an average of 3.6 points.
4 seeds are 2-0 all-time in the MVC Title game (Evansville 1999, Missouri State
is shooting for its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance – 1992, 1994, 2002.
is now 7-4 all-time at The Family Arena and is appearing in its third title
game in the five years St. Charles has hosted the event.
has held both of its opponents below 50 points in this year’s MVC Tournament
and six of Creighton’s last 11 opponents in the MVC Tournament have scored less
than 50 points.
Flanery is now 189-128 (.596) in his career and is now tied with Connie Yori
for the best winning percentage in school history.His 189 wins are second in school history and
his 116 MVC wins are the most of any Creighton coach.
has won more MVC regular-season games than any team in the league since Jim
Flanery took over in 2002-03.CU’s 116
Valley wins are six more than Illinois State’s since 2002-03 for the most in
the league over the past 10 seasons.
189 career wins, Flan has the most victories of any coach in league history to
not have an NCAA appearance in his career.
is looking to capture its 20th win of the season, if it were to do so, it would
be the sixth time in 10 years under Jim Flanery the Bluejays have won 20 games
in a season.
Tritz is averaging 20 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game
at the MVC Tournament.She is 4-of-10
(.400) from three-point range and 14-of-20 (.700) at the free-throw line this
three career MVC Tournament games, Tritz is averaging 19.7 points and shooting
5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range.
is the only Bluejay averaging double figures at this MVC Tournament.DaNae Moore and Sarah Nelson are both
averaging 9.5 points per game, while Nelson leads the team with 9.5 boards per
game this weekend.
opponents are just 2-for-30 (.067) from three-point range at the MVC Tournament.
Moore ranks fourth in school history with 127 career games played.When she plays in the title game, only Kelsey
Woodard (130) and Megan Neuvirth (130) will have played in more games than
Moore in a Bluejay uniform.
Tritz has five steals at the MVC Tournament, including four against UNI on
Friday.She now has 35 steals in her
last 11 games after she had 24 steals in her first 19 games this year.
Jensen is 9-for-29 (.310) from the field in her six career MVC Tournament games
– all 29 attempts have come from three-point range.
Jensen is 3-for-10 from three-point range at this year’s MVC Tournament, but is
still 12-of-23 (.522) from long range in her last four games, including 4-for-8
from beyond the arc against Drake in the regular-season finale.She ranks 29th in the NCAA in three-point
field goal percentage this year (.374).
is 19-12 this year with just three upperclassmen on the roster.Last year’s team with three senior starters finished
the year 18-13.
Tritz has moved past 750 career points this week and is within striking
distance of 800, entering the final with 782 points.
Nelson has moved past 600 career points (614) this weekend.
Bluejay women are trying to join the Bluejay men in the Big Dance next weekend.
Creighton is seeking to win both the MVC
men’s and women’s tournament in the same season. It has been done four times
previously, Creighton is looking to become the first program to do it twice
(UNI 2010, Creighton 2002, Missouri State 1992, Illinois State 1983)
Semifinal Highlights, vs. Missouri State, W, 56-47
overcame a double-figure deficit for a win for the fourth time this season to
defeat Missouri State 56-47.(CU also
beat Bowling Green, Indiana State and Wichita State after falling behind by at
12-point deficit overcome for a win, tied its largest comeback this season, as
CU also trailed by 12 at Indiana State in a win on Jan. 20.
has trailed in 17 of its 19 wins this season, and been behind by at least eight
points in seven of its wins.
Tritz scored a career-high 29 points, including 27 points in the second half.
who scored 17 consecutive Bluejay points over a nine-minute span in the second
half, outscored Missouri State by herself after halftime (27-24).
scored eight of CU’s 10 field goals in the second half.
tied her career-high with three three-point field goals made in the win.
29 points by Tritz were the most by a Bluejay in a game since Chevelle Herring
scored 31 against Kansas on Dec. 13, 2008.Her previous career-best was 25 points.
tied her career-high by making eight free throws and set a career-high with 11 free
throw attempts in the win.
Nelson led the Bluejays with 12 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots.Her 12 rebounds tied a school record in MVC
Tournament play and her six blocks were a school record in tournament play.
six blocked shots are tied for the second-highest single-game total in school
history and were just one shy of the school record.Her six swats were the most by a Bluejay
since Megan Neuvirth had six blocks against Colorado State on Dec. 21, 2008.
was the first Bluejay to block at least five shots in a game since her older
sister Kellie blocked five against Evansville on Feb. 13, 2010.
State did not make a three-pointer in the Bluejay win, going 0-for-14 from
three-point range, CU’s first opponent to not make a three-point field goal
since Marquette on Nov. 28, 2010.
held Missouri State to a season-low 47 points.
Quarterfinal Highlights, vs. UNI, W, 53-46
shot just 32.2 percent from the field in its win over UNI.It was Creighton’s lowest field goal
percentage in a victory this season.
scored 10 points and made 4-of-6 shots in the first 3:44 of the second half
during its win over UNI 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).
different Bluejays hit one three-pointer in the win over UNI.
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 127 career games.
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.
Tritz tied her career-high with 10 rebounds vs. UNI.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.
Creighton’s win on Friday it improved to 6-0 on Fridays this year, which
included three wins over UNI.
Against the Bulldogs
is 21-37 all-time against Drake, no other team has defeated Creighton more.
Flanery is 11-13 all-time against Drake, including 2-2 in the MVC Tournament.
is 3-2 against Drake on neutral floors.
is 5-3 against Drake in the MVC Tournament, 1-1 in the title game.
70-68, March 7, 1996 (Quarterfinals)
78-86, March 6, 1997 (Quarterfinals)
73-62, March 4, 1999 (Quarterfinals)
77-74, March 9, 2002 (Finals)
44-61, March 10, 2005 (Quarterfinals)
64-65 (OT), March 11, 2007 (Finals)
53-35, March 14, 2009 (Semifinals)
65-62, March 12, 2010 (Quarterfinals)
only MVC Tournament title was won against Drake in the 2002 MVC Championship
game in Springfield. Sophomore Christy Neneman scored a career-high 39 points
to lead the Bluejays to a 77-74 win in that game.
coach Jim Flanery was an assistant coach for the Jays in that 2002 tournament
championship game and current Bluejay assistant coach Jenny (Burns) Vickers
started and led Creighton with nine rebounds in their only previous title game
victory in 2002.
overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Creighton 65-64 in overtime in
the 2007 MVC Championship game played on Drake’s home floor in Des Moines.
Director of Basketball operations Sara Cain scored a career-high 24 points
against Drake in a losing effort in the 2007 championship game as a junior.
is looking to avoid going 0-3 vs. Drake this season. The Bluejays have not gone
0-3 against an opponent in one season since 2005-06 when Indiana State turned
only time Drake went 3-0 against Creighton in one season was the 1996-97
swept the Bluejays this year, holding Creighton to a season-low 44 points in a
47-44 loss on New Year’s Eve in Omaha and then topping the Jays 54-50 in Des
Moines in last weekend’s regular-season finale.
shot just 34.5 percent from the field and 20.9 percent (9-43) from three-point
range against the Bulldogs this year.Ally Jensen shot 6-of-13 (.462) from long range, while the rest of the
team was a combined 3-of-30 (.100) against the Bulldogs from behind the arc
outscored Creighton 29-9 at the free-throw line this year including an 18-2
edge in last weekend’s game.CU was
awarded only three free-throws in Des Moines last Saturday.
outrebounded Creighton 84-55 combined in the games for an average rebounding
margin of plus-14.5 in the two losses.
held Rachael Hackbarth to a total of 18 points in the team’s two meetings this
year, limiting her to a season-low eight points in Omaha on Dec. 31.Hackbarth made only 5-of-22 (.227) field
goals in Drake’s two wins over Creighton this year.
Nelson averaged 11 points and 4.0 assists against the Bulldogs this year, but
averages just 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in her career against Drake.
Tritz averaged 10 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game
against Drake this year and in her career averages 12.5 points, 4.5 steals, 4.3
rebounds and 3.3 assists per game against the Bulldogs.
swiped at least five steals in each of her first three career games against Drake
and has 18 steals in four career meetings with the Bulldogs.
Jensen torched Drake for a career-high 18 points here in St. Charles in the
2010 MVC quarterfinals, making a career-best 6-of-12 three-pointers.In her career she is 17-of-39 (.436) from
three-point range against Drake and averages 8.1 points per game.
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