Creighton WBB Hosts Missouri State on Valentine's Day

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Courtesy: Eric Francis
OMAHA, Neb. - Looking to break a two-game skid, the Creighton women's basketball team faces Missouri State on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

2/14: Missouri State (12-11, 4-7) at Creighton (16-6, 8-3) - 7 p.m.

Radio: KZOT AM 1180 (www.1620thezone.com)
Brad Burwell (Play-by-Play) & Rob Simms (Color Analyst)

TV/Video & Live Stats: www.gocreighton.com
Twitter: @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB


Radio Broadcast Information
Thursday’s women’s basketball broadcast against Missouri State can be found on KZOT, 1180 AM, beginning at 6:45 p.m.  Brad Burwell and Rob Simms will call the action.   The broadcast is also available on the internet at www.1620thezone.com for fans outside of the Omaha radio market.  
   
Video Stream Information
The Lady Bears and Bluejays game is also available on the web via live video streaming at www.gocreighton.com.  The video stream is provided as part of a paid subscription to Neulion programming.

Live Stats Information:
All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats.  Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab near the top of the page on the left for the link to the exact URL.

About Missouri State
  • Located in Springfield, Mo., Missouri State has an enrollment of 23,071.
  • The Lady Bears finished 2011-12 with a 24-9 record and a 14-4 mark in the Valley.  MSU returns eight letterwinners from last season, including three starters (Buer, Edie and Shorter).
  • Missouri State was picked to finish fifth in the MVC preseason poll.
  • Creighton defeated the Lady Bears, 73-53, on Jan. 21 in Springfield, Mo.

Creighton vs. Missouri  State:
The Lady Bears lead the all-time series with Creighton, 31-18.  Creighton has taken the last two meetings and is 12-9 all time against Missouri State in Omaha.

Last 10 Meetings with Missouri State:
1/8/09    W, 92-63
2/6/09    W, 74-61
1/9/10    L, 67-82
2/5/10    L, 64-70
1/27/11    W, 62-53
2/27/11    L, 65-73
1/5/12    L, 60-70
2/24/12    L, 55-63
3/10/12    W, 56-47 $
1/21/13    W, 73-53
$ - MVC Tournament game  Bold = Home Game

Keys to the Game:

  • Rebounding: Missouri State is a very strong rebounding team, specifically on the offensive end.  The Lady Bears have 403 offensive rebounds, in the first meeting the Jays allowed 11 offensive boards to MSU.
  • Three-point Shooting:    The NCAA lead, Creighton drained 13 treys in the last meeting.
  • Battle inside:  MSU’s projected post starters (Edie & Shorter) scored a combined nine points in the first meeting.  Kamphaus and Nelson had 14 points.
Scouting the Lady Bears (12-11, 4-7 MVC)
The Lady Bears have won three of their past five games, including a 91-76 win over Illinois State on Feb. 3. Missouri State has gotten better as senior Christiana Shorter’s play has improved.  Shorter was just 1-of-2 with three rebounds in the first meeting with Creighton, but she has returned to starting lineup since that game and has reached double figures in two of the past three contests.

One of the constants for the Lady Bears this season has been senior Whitney Edie (15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg).  Edie was contained in the first meeting, scoring just six points and none in the second half. Missouri State also picks up a ton of second chance points, collecting 403 offensive rebounds.

Now Starting for the Jays
Prior to the Illinois State game head coach Jim Flanery made a change to his starting lineup for the first time, inserting freshman Marissa Janning for junior Carli Tritz.  For Tritz it was the first time she came off the bench since her freshman campaign on Dec. 11, 2010 against #18 Notre Dame, a streak of 54 consecutive starts.

Streaking at the Charity Stripe
The Bluejays have hit their last 17 consecutive free throws as a team.  Creighton’s last miss from the charity strip came in the first half against Drake on Feb. 2.  Six different Jays have toed the line during the last five halves, led by 4-for-4 efforts from junior McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson.

Nationally Known

Creighton remains the NCAA leader in three-pointers made per game with an average of 9.5.  Additionally freshman Marissa Janning moved up to 12th overall in three-point percentage.  The Watertown, Minn., native raised her average to 42.5 over the weekend with a 7-of-15 (.467) combined effort at Indiana State and Illinois State.

Tritz closing in on 1,000
Junior Carli Tritz is on a milestone chase of her own.  Tritz currently has 990 points in her three year career, with 10 more she’ll become the 24th Bluejay to reach 1,000 points.  Carli will become just the 12th Jay to reach the century mark in three years or less.

MILESTONE WATCH
Player                     Stat
Alexis Akin-Otiko     197 points
Jordan Garrison       293 points
Jordan Garrison       92 rebounds
Ally Jensen             198 3FG
Sarah Nelson           897 points
Sarah Nelson          197 assists
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