The Creighton Bluejays (12-8, 6-2 BIG EAST) returned home to D.J. Sokol Arena for the first time in 10 days on Saturday against the Marquette Golden Eagles (13-5, 4-3 BIG EAST) with an 83-64 win.
Marissa Janning had another big game, going for 23 points in 30 minutes of action.
The scoring was kicked off with a Janning opening 3-pointer in the first 28 seconds of the game. Marquette made an effort to take away the Jays' big three in most of the first half, which allowed Sammy Jensen to score all of her career-high ten points in the first 20 minutes.
"It helps playing with McKenzie and Marissa because it allows someone like me others to take advantage of those double teams and get open looks," said Jensen.
Two ties occurred in the first four-and-a-half minutes before Jordan Garrison's three made it 14-11 with 16:19 remaining. That was the last tie of the game, as CU never looking back, eventually building a 44-27 lead at the half.
Offensively, the Bluejays shot 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc, while asserting themselves on defense. The Golden Eagles were held to 22.2 percent shooting, making just 6-of-27 from the field, but did make 15-of-18 from the free throw line.
Much like the first half, the second 20 minutes saw the Bluejays do much of what they wanted and continued contributions from the bench. With 5:55 remaining, the Eagles reduced the deficit to 70-57, which was followed by a Janning layup and McKenzie Fujan triple. The Jays' advantage never got to fewer than 19 again.
Unlike other contests during the 2013-14 season, the Jays got 36 points in the paint compared to the bigger Marquette team's 20. CU also outscored their opponent 15-8 on second-chance points due to winning the battle of the board 41-30 in the game. Winning the glass was important to Coach Flanery coming into the game.
We out-rebounded them by 11 this afternoon, which we worked on a lot this week, so it's great that they got the message this week. They're a team that out-rebounded No. 3 Duke this season, which was something we knew we had to be close or lead in.
Janning and Jensen scored 23 and 10 points, respectively, in the game, but four players reached double-figures. Brianna Rollerson scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Fujan added 11 points with eight coming in the second half. While Janning was the only player to score 20 or more points, she saw some of her teammate's outputs as the reason CU won.
"Things really opened up for other girls today and getting points from secondary options today helped a lot," said Janning.
Sarah Nelson had a solid eight-point afternoon with nine rebounds; Alexis Akin-Otiko had six points of her own. MC McGrory, Lauren Works and Jordan Garrison each had three points, while Alyssa Kamphaus and Tess Leytem rounded out the box score with two points apiece.
Next up for Creighton is a Tuesday trip to Seton Hall with tip being at 6 p.m. central time. The game can be heard on 1290 KOIL.
The team improved to 21-4 when Jensen scores a basket… Team had a season-high 22 assists … The Jays are 9-0 when at least three players score in double figures.
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