Creighton women's basketball team (11-8, 5-2 BIG EAST) couldn't complete their comeback Saturday afternoon against the Butler Bulldogs (8-10, 3-4 BIG EAST), losing 58-52.
McKenzie Fujan had a team-high 16 points with seven rebounds in the contest at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
In the first 20 minutes, the Bluejays came out cold, making just 8-of-31 from the field, which included 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs, who started the game on a 7-2 run, put distance between themselves and the Jays with a 11-2 run after the visitors got within a bucket at 11-9 with 13:13 left in the first half.
Butler asserted themselves in the paint, outscoring Creighton 14-4 over the first 20-minutes. Liz Stratman, the Bulldogs starting center, had 12 of her 16 points in the first half. Fujan led the White and Blue with seven points in the first with Sarah Nelson putting in six.
The Bluejays chipped away the entire second half, and with 4:39 remaining in the game, got to within eight points following a Fujan jumper. A minute later she got the Jays to within three after hitting a 3-pointer.
That margin was as close as Creighton would get, as Butler went on a 7-0 run that pushed their lead to nine points. Points off turnovers helped fuel the CU comeback in the second half with CU holding a 10-2 advantage in the half against the Bulldogs.
Fujan and Nelson, who finished with 11, were the only two Jays to hit double figures in scoring. Marissa Janning had just eight points in 26 minutes of action. Sammy Jensen scored six, Alexis Akin-Otiko five, Alyssa Kamphaus four, and Jordan Garrison had two.
Next up for the Jays is a home contest against the Marquette Golden Eagles at 3:05 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena on Saturday, January 25. The game will be available on radio at 1180 KOZN/Zone 2 and online by going to 1620thezone.com.
Creighton Women Fall at Butler
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