#4 Creighton (19-12) vs. #7 Drake (18-14)
State Farm MVC Tournament Finals
Sunday, March 11, 2012 ● 2:05 p.m.
Radio: KOIL AM 1180
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
Live Stats: www.mvcstcharles.com
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB
· Creighton is now 21-18 all-time in the MVC Tournament, including 4-5 as the No. 4 seed.
· The Bluejays are appearing in their seventh MVC Tournament championship game and fourth in the last six years (1994, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010).
· The Bluejays are 1-5 in their six previous MVC Tournament finals appearances
o 1994, L, 71-88 vs. Missouri State in Springfield
o 1999, L, 72-75 (OT) vs. Evansville in Des Moines
o 2002, W, 77-74 vs. Drake in Springfield
o 2007, L, 64-65 (OT) vs. Drake in Des Moines
o 2009, L, 45-47 vs. Evansville in St. Charles
o 2010, L, 53-54 vs. Northern Iowa in St. Charles
· Creighton is 11-9 at the MVC Tournament under Jim Flanery. Flan’s teams are 0-3 in the MVC title game.
· Creighton 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.
o 2007 – No. 6 seed Creighton lost to No. 8 seed Drake
o 2009 – No. 2 seed Creighton lost to No. 9 seed Evansville
o 2010 – No. 2 seed Creighton lost to No. 5 seed Northern Iowa
· Creighton’s 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.
· No. 4 seeds are 2-0 all-time in the MVC Title game (Evansville 1999, Missouri State 2003)
· Creighton is shooting for its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance – 1992, 1994, 2002.
· Creighton 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.
· Creighton 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.
· Jim 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.
· Creighton 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.
· With 189 career wins, Flan has the most victories of any coach in league history to not have an NCAA appearance in his career.
· Creighton 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.
· Carli 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 weekend.
· In three career MVC Tournament games, Tritz is averaging 19.7 points and shooting 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range.
· Tritz 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.
· Creighton’s opponents are just 2-for-30 (.067) from three-point range at the MVC Tournament.
· DaNae 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.
· Carli 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.
· Ally 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.
· Ally 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).
· Creighton 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.
· Carli Tritz has moved past 750 career points this week and is within striking distance of 800, entering the final with 782 points.
· Sarah Nelson has moved past 600 career points (614) this weekend.
· The 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
· Creighton 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 least 10).
· The 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.
· Creighton has trailed in 17 of its 19 wins this season, and been behind by at least eight points in seven of its wins.
· Carli Tritz scored a career-high 29 points, including 27 points in the second half.
· Tritz, who scored 17 consecutive Bluejay points over a nine-minute span in the second half, outscored Missouri State by herself after halftime (27-24).
· Tritz scored eight of CU’s 10 field goals in the second half.
· Tritz tied her career-high with three three-point field goals made in the win.
· The 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.
· Tritz tied her career-high by making eight free throws and set a career-high with 11 free throw attempts in the win.
· Sarah 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.
· Nelson’s 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.
· Nelson 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.
· Missouri 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.
· Creighton held Missouri State to a season-low 47 points.
Quarterfinal Highlights, vs. UNI, W, 53-46
· Creighton 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.
· Creighton 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).
· Five different Bluejays hit one three-pointer in the win over UNI.
· 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 127 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.
· Carli 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.
· With Creighton’s win on Friday it improved to 6-0 on Fridays this year, which included three wins over UNI.
Against the Bulldogs
· Creighton is 21-37 all-time against Drake, no other team has defeated Creighton more.
· Jim Flanery is 11-13 all-time against Drake, including 2-2 in the MVC Tournament.
· Creighton is 3-2 against Drake on neutral floors.
· Creighton is 5-3 against Drake in the MVC Tournament, 1-1 in the title game.
o W, 70-68, March 7, 1996 (Quarterfinals)
o L, 78-86, March 6, 1997 (Quarterfinals)
o W, 73-62, March 4, 1999 (Quarterfinals)
o W, 77-74, March 9, 2002 (Finals)
o L, 44-61, March 10, 2005 (Quarterfinals)
o L, 64-65 (OT), March 11, 2007 (Finals)
o W, 53-35, March 14, 2009 (Semifinals)
o W, 65-62, March 12, 2010 (Quarterfinals)
· Creighton’s 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.
· Head 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.
· Drake 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.
· Current 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.
· Creighton 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 the trick.
· The only time Drake went 3-0 against Creighton in one season was the 1996-97 campaign.
· Drake 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.
· Creighton 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 this season.
· Drake 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.
· Drake outrebounded Creighton 84-55 combined in the games for an average rebounding margin of plus-14.5 in the two losses.
· Creighton 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.
· Sarah 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.
· Carli 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.
· Tritz 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.
· Ally 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.