HOUSTON, Texas - Led by a career-high 20 points from junior McKenzie Fujan, the Creighton women's basketball team blasted Houston 75-54 on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The win lifted Creighton to 5-2 on the season, while Houston dropped to 4-6.
The Bluejays struggled out of the gate as Houston scored the first five points and pushed their lead to 14-7 with 14:45 left in the first period. Coming out of the media timeout, junior Sarah Nelson hit the Jays first three-pointer. Nelson's triple ignited a 13-4 run for the Jays as Creighton claimed their first lead of the game at 20-18. Freshman Marissa Janning tossed in five of her 15 points during the run, while senior Ally Jensen capped it with a trifecta from the left with 10:25 remaining.
Moments later Janning drilled another three from the right corner to give Creighton its largest lead of the half at 23-20 with 8:43 remaining. Unfortunately the Jays went ice cold for the rest of the half, missing their final 12 shots of the period. Creighton's shooting woes allowed Houston to close the half on a 13-2 run of their own, sending the Jays to the locker room down 33-25 at halftime.
The second half belonged to Fujan as the Weston, Neb., scored the first five points of the second half and went on to deliver 17 of her game-high 20 points in the period. Fujan ended the Jays
shooting drought at 10:09 with a three-ball from the left corner at 18:34. Just 33 seconds later she converted a back-cut for an easy layup to get the Jays within one possession at 33-30. After two Houston foul shots, A. Jensen drilled her third triple, then junior Alyssa Kamphaus’ driving layup pulled Creighton even at 35-35 with 15:31 remaining.
The Jays went on to extend their run to 21-3 in the first eight minutes of the second half as Janning hit another three-pointer followed by a layup from junior Alexis Akin-Otiko to give Creighton a 40-36 lead. Finally sophomore Sammy Jensen delivered the knockout blow with back-to-back three-pointers, pushing the Jays edge to double-digits at 46-36 with 12:28 to go.
Houston never recovered as the Cougars got no closer the seven points (50-43) the rest of the way. Down the stretch Fujan and the Jays continued to score at will, pushing the lead to as much as 24 on two free throws by S. Jensen (73-49) before claiming the 75-54 win.
While Fujan led the way with 20 points, Janning finished with 15 points. Nelson finished one shy of a career-high with 16 rebounds, while Nelson and junior Carli Tritz each had seven assists. S. Jensen finished with a career-high eight points.
Houston got 14 points from Porsche Landry, while Te'onna Campbell finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The victory is the 195th career win for head coach Jim Flanery, one shy of the Creighton career record held by current athletic director Bruce Rasmussen.
The Jays return to the court on Sunday, Dec. 16 as Creighton hosts North Dakota State at 2:05 p.m.