The Creighton women's basketball team (10-7, 4-1 BIG EAST) headed east to Queens, N.Y. and Providence, Rhode Island last week. The Jays started with a 67-48 loss at St. John's (9-5, 3-1 BIG EAST) before ending the trip with a 97-65 victory over the Friars (5-10, 0-4 BIG EAST).
Wednesday night, the Bluejays faced the Red Storm for only the third time in program history. The last was a heartbreaking 69-67 loss in the NCAA tournament in 2012. SJU took a 35-18 lead to the half, which was more than enough to close out CU.
Despite getting to the line 10 times, it was poor shooting that put Creighton behind the eight ball in the early going. St. John's made 48.4 percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes, leading wire to wire.
In the second half, the Bluejays got within 12 points early in the second half, but the Red Storm rebuilt their advantage to a comfortable amount. Points off turnovers played a part with the Johnnies leading that category 20-6 in the game. They are outscored CU 34-21 in bench points.
Marissa Janning scored 16 points and Alexis Akin-Otiko contributed 12, as they were the only Jays in double figures. McKenzie Fujan added six, and Sarah Nelson with five were the next two highest scorers in the game.
Saturday was a much different story when the Jays faced a Providence team that hadn't won a BIG EAST game. In the first 11 minutes, there were seven ties before Janning made a three at 8:58, giving CU the lead. Creighton used that momentum to take a 17-point lead to the locker room and never looked back.
After half, the Bluejays got more separation with a 24-6 run that put them up by 25 points, which was the high point until the final three minutes of the game. Second-chance points were 15-3 in favor of the White and Blue with the breakdown of 8-2 in the first and 7-1 the second. Points in the paint also were in favor of CU with a 38-20 advantage.
Four starters were in double figures with Janning leading the way with 34 points. Fujan added 18, while Nelson and Alyssa Kamphaus added 11 each. Jordan Garrison had seven off the bench with Akin-Otiko scoring six.
The team returns home for a match-up with Xavier Musketeers with tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night. The game can be heard on 1180 Zone2 and fans can follow along @BluejayReport and @CreightonWBB on twitter for in-game results.
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