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OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball team returns to South Dakota just six days after besting South Dakota State (63-54) on Nov. 14 to face the South Dakota Coyotes on Nov. 20.

This Week:

11/20 at South Dakota,
7 p.m. DakotaDome

Radio: KZOT, 1180 am

Last Week: 11/14; W, 63-54 at South Dakota State
Behind a career-high 11 points from senior Jasmin Corbin, the Creighton women’s basketball team defeated South Dakota State 63-54. The win lifted the Bluejays to 1-1 on the season, while the Jackrabbits fell to 1-2.

After junior Alyssa Kamphaus got the Jays on the board first in the opening minute with a bucket down low, SDSU rattled off five straight to claim a 5-2 edge with 17:53 to go in the opening period.  Senior Ally Jensen rallied her troops with a three-pointer, igniting an 11-0 run over the next two minutes.  Juniors Carli Tritz and McKenzie Fujan each added three points during the run, while Corbin capped the run with a layup to make it 13-5.

The Jackrabbits had one more run left in them keyed by a zone defense that plagued the Jays in the final moments of the first period.  South Dakota State employed a 2-1-2 zone to force three turnovers and get back within striking distance at 50-46.
Once more it was Corbin who answered the call, draining back-to-back trifectas to shoot the Jackrabbits out of the zone defense.  Corbin’s final three gave her a new career-high of 11 points as she propelled the Jays to the nine-point win.

Early Season Tidbits
• Senior Jasmin Corbin delivered a career-high 11 points and a career best six steals in the Bluejays’ 63-54 win at South Dakota State, 11/14.

• The Bluejays were picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason poll.  The Bluejays received 26 of 40 first places votes to total 383 points.

• Bluejay junior guard Carli Tritz was selected as the MVC Preseason Player of the Year.

• Creighton returns four of five starters from the 2011-12 season, including over 90% of the teams total offense.  The only departure was DaNae Moore, who averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg.

vs. South Dakota
Creighton holds a 10-8 series edge on the Coyotes, but South Dakota won the last meeting 56-53 (OT) last year at D.J. Sokol Arena on Nov. 22.  Prior to that contest, the Jays had won six straight against South Dakota, including a 79-70 win over the Coyotes on Dec. 1, 2010 in Vermillion, S. D.. 

Last Five Meetings
Jan. 2, 1986: Creighton 79, South Dakota 61
Dec. 2, 1986: Creighton 79, South Dakota 61
Feb. 18, 1988: Creighton 79, South Dakota 61
Dec. 1, 2010: Creighton 79, South Dakota 61
Nov. 22, 2011: South Dakota 56, Creighton 53 (OT)

2010 at South Dakota
Creighton made 9-of-16 (.563) three-pointers and shot 48.9 percent from the field in a 79-70 win at the DakotaDome on Dec. 2, 2010.  The Jays led 36-35 at halftime, making 7-of-11 treys in the opening half. Creighton made 26-of-34 FTs, compared to 15-of-18 by South Dakota in the nine-point win.  Kelsey Woodard (2007-11) led all players with 24 points.  Ally Jensen went 3-for-3 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points, while Carli Tritz added 10 points and four assists off the bench.  Amber Hegge led the Coyotes with 21 points and Annie Roche added 17 points.  Just two played on the South Dakota roster remain from the meeting in 2010, Alexis Yackley and Tempestt Wilson.  The Jays meanwhile had Jensen, Tritz, Sarah Nelson, Jasmin Corbin and McKenzie Fujan each see time.

Flanery vs. Summit League
Creighton is 10-2 against teams currently in the Summit League under head coach Jim Flanery.  The Bluejays defeated South Dakota State, 64-53, on Nov. 14, 2012

North Dakota State, 3-1
South Dakota, 1-1
South Dakota State, 2-0
UMKC, 3-0
Western Illinois, 1-0

Jensen Sets Sights on 200
With five three-pointers in her first two games, senior Ally Jensen moved into a tie ninth place in Creighton history.  She now has 153 career three-pointers, 1 shy of tying Ally Thrall for eighth place.

Scouting the Bluejays (1-1)
After a poor shooting performance to open the season against No. 12 Oklahoma (26%, 17-for-65), the Jays righted the ship in the road opener by defeating South Dakota State, 63-54, on Nov. 14.  Senior Ally Jensen leads the Jays with 21 points on the season, but it was fellow senior Jasmin Corbin who provided the spark against SDSU.  Corbin delivered a career-high 11 points and a career best six steals to spark the Bluejays.  Juniors Carli Tritz and McKenzie Fujan each raised their scoring average to 9.0 ppg this season as Tritz led the Jays with 13 points against the Jackrabbits.  Fujan and junior Sarah Nelson chipped in 11 in the win.  Creighton will be playing its second consecutive game in the state of South Dakota and will be the opposition in the home opener for the second straight contest as well. 

Scouting the Coyotes (1-2)
The Coyotes are in the midst of three consecutive games against Missouri Valley Conference opposition, downing Drake (74-69) on Nov. 11 and falling at Northern Iowa (63-50) on Nov. 15.  This is the first of the three games that South Dakota State will host.  Sophomore Nicole Seekamp leads South Dakota in scoring through three games with 49 points (16.3 ppg), but junior Polly Harrington is just a step back with 11 ppg (33 overall).  The remaining three starters for South Dakota are all seniors, Tempestt Wilson, Alexis Yackley and Pam January.  The trio were a combined 11-for-22 against Creighton last season in D.J. Sokol Arena for 28 points.  As a team South Dakota is shooting 62-for-171 from the field (.363), but just 18% from beyond the arc (9-of-50).  The Coyotes, however, have been strong on the board in the first three contests, outrebounding all three to build an edge of  131-115 on the season. 

The Coaches
Jim Flanery (Creighton, 1987) is in his 11th season as head coach at his alma mater.  He led the Jays to an NCAA appearance last season and has seven WNIT postseason appearances as well as  six 20-win seasons to his credit.  He owns a career record of 190-129 (.596).  One of seven coaches in MVC history with 100 league wins, he led the Bluejays to the 2004 WNIT Championship.  Prior to serving as Creighton’s head coach, Flanery served as the Jays’ top assistant for a decade. 

Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) is in her first season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of South Dakota. Williams was named the Coyote head coach on June 4, 2012. Off to a 1-2 start, Williams has been an assistant coach at the Division I level, including serving as the top assistant/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2001-05, and holding the same position at Tulsa from 2005-07. For the past five seasons, she has been the head coach at Rogers State (Okla.).

Twice as Nice
Playing back-to-back games in another state isn’t new to the Jays, Creighton opened the 2011-12 season with consecutive contests at North Dakota and North Dakota State.  The Bluejays won both contests (72-54 over North Dakota on Nov. 11 and 71-51 over North Dakota State on Nov. 14). 

Flanery Undefeated in the Dakota States
Coming off the 63-54 win in Brookings, S.D. on Nov. 14, head coach Jim Flanery remained perfect in either North Dakota or South Dakota.  Flanery is 6-0 overall in the Dakotas (3-0 in North Dakota and 3-0 in South Dakota).

March 20, 2003 at South Dakota State  - W, 76-69 (OT)
Dec. 29, 2008 at North Dakota State - W, 51-40
Dec. 1, 2010 at South Dakota  - W, 79-70
Nov. 11, 2011 at North Dakota - W, 72-54
Nov. 14, 2011 at North Dakota State  - W, 71-51
Nov. 14, 2012 at South Dakota State - W, 63-54

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