CU Women Win at Seton Hall

Marissa Janning carried the Creighton offense in the 76-73 victory on Tuesday.

Another trip east resulted in another victory for the Creighton women's basketball team (13-8, 7-2 BIG EAST) after winning 76-73 at Seton Hall (13-6, 4-4 BIG EAST) on Tuesday night.

Marissa Janning scored 28 points and was one of four Bluejays in double-figures in scoring.

The first half was a seesaw affair, with both teams holding the lead a couple of times. The Jays led by as many as eight, and Pirates by five. Trailing 27-26, the White and Blue closed the half on a 10-5 run, taking a 36-32 lead to the locker room.

Seton Hall got 22 of their 32 points by attacking the paint and outscored the visitors 11-8 off turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Alexis Akin-Otiko and Brianna Rollerson contributed 12 points off the bench with both scoring six, as CU's reserves owned 12-8 advantage in points off the bench.

Much like the opening half, neither team ran away and hid from the other. Creighton led for the first five minutes of the second before being caught by the Pirates. The final tie came with 10:58 remaining at 49. Janning, after a Sarah Nelson rebound, hit a three with the Bluejays down two, giving CU the a lead which they wouldn't give up.

The hosts made a late charge, reducing the deficit to one point with a second left before Janning knocked down a pair of free throws to put her team up three. After scoring just seven first-half points, Janning went off for 21 in the second half on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point distance and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

Offense came from other spots as well with McKenzie Fujan scoring 16 points, with nine coming in the first half. Nelson had 11 points and 12 rebounds, most of which came on the defensive end, in addition to a team-high six assists.

Akin-Otiko finished with 10 points. Rollerson recorded eight, and Sammy Jensen scored three to round out the team's offense. The Jays shot 43.3 percent for the game from the field, 72.7 from the free throw line in the game and 30.8 from 3-point distance.

Next up for the Jays is another game on the East Coast with the Bluejays heading to Philadelphia for a contest against Villanova on Saturday at 1 p.m.. Fans can listen to the game locally on 1180 Zone2 with Glen Sisk providing the play-by-play.

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