Due to a scheduling mishap, Creighton (2-2) played back-to-back games this weekend against Big Ten and Big XII competition.
Saturday, the Bluejays hosted Minnesota (2-1), who they defeated 63-52. Coach Flanery's squad then traveled to Kansas (3-0) the next day, where they fell 74-66.
Last season, the Jays dropped their matchup with the Golden Gophers after losing a 17-point lead on the road. CU didn't let history repeat itself, taking a 36-22 lead to the half and holding on after the Gophers cut the lead to nine points.
Senior Sarah Nelson led the team with 22 points, seven assists and as many rebounds. The forward made 7-of-12 shots from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range. Marissa Janning and Alexis Akin-Otiko both contributed 10 points, while Jordan Garrison added nine points.
In the first half, the Bluejays went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 21-9. A Minnesota push cut the lead to 26-20, but the Blue and White countered, closing the half on a 10-2 run. The offense got timely three's from Garrison and Lauren Works, while Nelson hit a couple free throws and Akin-Otiko hit a jumper down the stretch.
Minnesota wouldn't go quietly, as they opened the first five minutes of the second half by cutting the CU lead to single digits. The two teams would trade baskets for the next seven minutes, but the Gophers, with less than seven minutes to go, got the score to 51-44 before the hosts were able to close the game out.
Sunday, the team traveled to historic Allen Fieldhouse to take on the unbeaten Kansas Jayhawks. This was the team's second road trip after opening the season in Des Moines with a seven point defeat at the hands of Drake.
Creighton got out to a fast start, leading 10-5 in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the contest behind six points from Janning. KU responded scoring 13 of the next 15 points to nab an 18-12 lead. Trailing 32-20 later in the half, the Jays closed the half with a run that cut the deficit to three when the horn sounded.
Cold shooting haunted the Bluejays, as they missed eight of their first nine shots of the second half, which the Jayhawks used to build a 52-35 advantage with 14:43 remaining. CU refused to go away and used the three-ball to get to within 10 points with 6:51 left, thanks to triples from Works and Nelson.
The Bluejays got within six points a couple minutes later, but that would be as close as they would get before the final whistle blew. Janning had a team-high 22 points, while Nelson had 17
McKenzie Fujan, Works and Brianna Rollerson each had six points, and Garrison added five. Alyssa Kamphaus and Alexis Akin-Otiko had two points apiece. Kansas also outscored Creighton 14-2 on the fast break.
Next up for the Bluejays will be a matchup with the Houston Cougars at 6:05 pm on Saturday, November 23 at D.J. Sokol Arena.
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