OMAHA, Neb. - The Jays women's basketball squad drained 14
three-pointers as Creighton slipped past Bradley, 79-67, on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The win lifted Creighton to 15-4 on the season and 7-1 in the Missouri Valley
Conference. Bradley fell to 7-11 overall and 1-6 in MVC action.
The opening period was a seesaw battle as Creighton led 15-10, but Bradley
responded with a 20-10 run to claim a 27-22 edge with 6:14 showing on the
Down 32-25 moments later, Creighton responded, as the nation's leading
three-point shooting team should, with an 18-1 run including four
Junior McKenzie Fujan and senior Ally Jensen started the charge with
back-to-back three-pointers to make it 32-31. Following a Bradley miss,
Fujan knocked down a 12-foot jumper to give Creighton a 33-32 lead. After the
Braves' Kelsey Budd hit one of two free throws to tie the game, freshman
Marissa Janning hit a jumper at the elbow, followed by consecutive treys from
sophomore Sammy Jensen to push the Jays lead to eight at 41-33. Finally
Fujan capped the run with her seventh points of the stretch, to give Creighton
a 43-33 lead with under a minute remaining in the first half.
Bradley scored the final four points of the period to send the game to
halftime with Creighton holding a 43-37 edge.
Creighton finished the first half 8-of-15 from beyond the arc (.533), while
Bradley was 4-of-8 (.500) themselves.
Creighton opened the second half just as they closed the first period,
connecting from downtown. A. Jensen opened the half with her third triple
of the game, after a bucket by Bradley's Shronda Butts, junior Carli Tritz
got in the three-point barrage to make it 51-38 Jays. A backdoor layup
from Fujan pushed the Bluejays lead to its largest margin of 13 (53-38) with
Bradley would close to within five (58-53) with just under 10 minutes
remaining, but the Bluejay trio of Tritz, Janning and junior Sarah Nelson held
the Bradley at bay. Nelson scored five of her seven points in the final
ten minutes, while Tritz had six of her nine down the stretch.
Janning led all scorers with 21 points, including five in the final 10
minutes. Fujan and A. Jensen both posted 12 points.
Bradley got 13 points from Catie O'Leary to lead the Braves, while Michelle
Young and Brooke Bisping each chipped in 12.
The Jays finished the game 14-of-26 (.538) from long distance.
Creighton returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 2 as the Bluejays will face
Drake in Des Moines, Iowa at 3 p.m.
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