Nelson Leads Jays in Defeat at Villanova

The senior scored 26 points and grabbed seven boards, but the Jays still came up short.

Saturday afternoon, the Creighton women's basketball team began the second half of their inaugural ride through the BIG EAST with a trip to Philadelphia. The Bluejays (13-9, 7-3 BIG EAST) came up short at Villanova (16-5, 6-4 BIG EAST) losing 68-54.

Cold shooting reared its ugly head in the defeat, as the Jays shot 32.7 percent for the game, only making 16-of-49 shots in the game. On the flipside, the Wildcats offense made 52.2 percent in the contest with VU having four players in double-figures, while making 24-46 from the field.

Early on, shooting wasn't the problem. CU maintained an 11-5 lead with 14:28 in the first half after a McKenzie Fujan jumper. Over the next five minutes, the teams tied a couple times before Villanova built a 13-point lead and took a 38-27 advantage to the break.

The Wildcats owned the paint, outscoring the Bluejays 14-4 but also got a spark off their bench, besting the visitors 21-2. Sarah Nelson led the way with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, 3-of-5 from three-point range, while grabbing seven rebounds.

Fujan started the half by making a couple free throws and cutting the deficit to nine points in the first 90 seconds. That was as close as the Jays got the rest of the game, as Villanova's offense continued to frustrate the CU defense.

For the game, Nelson led the way with 26 points with 11 rebounds for another double-double on the season. Fujan had 12 points as one of two Jays in double figures in the defeat. Marissa Janning had a tough outing, making only 1-of-10 shots (1-of-2 from three) but was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.

Brianna Rollerson scored four points, Sammy Jensen three and Lauren Works had two to round out the team's offense on Saturday.

CU returns to D.J. Sokol Arena on Wednesday night for a contest against the Georgetown Hoyas at 7:05 pm. Fans unable to make it to the game can hear the action on 1180 KZOT/Zone2.

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