CU Runs Past Friars

McKenzie Fujan was the star for CU, finishing with 25 points in the 85-64 victory over Providence.

Saturday, the Creighton (15-10, 9-4) women's basketball team returned to D.J. Sokol Arena to face Providence (6-19, 1-10 BIG EAST). The Bluejays started off fast in both halves and shot 47.9 percent for the game in the 85-64 victory.

This was only the second home game since January 28 for the Jays, who defeated Georgetown in their last game at hometwo weeks ago. McKenzie Fujan led the teams "big three" in scoring with 25 points, while Sarah Nelson had 18, and Marissa Janning added 15.

Creighton started the game with a 12-0 run fueled by two threes from Fujan. The Friars countered with a 14-3 run of their own, getting to 15-14. Over the next four minutes, both teams possessed the lead before CU took hold for good, leading 40-37 at half.

Nearly 90 percent of CU's points in the first half came from Fujan, Nelson and Janning. Despite only making 6-of-17 from distance, the team shot 43.2 percent in the opening half. Providence outscored the hosts 26-18 in the paint.

Like the first half, it was a quick run that gave the Jays a 15-point lead after they started the half on a 10-0 run. The lead swelled to as many as 23 points, and unlike the first half, the Jays closed the door on the Friars.

The second half looked like a shooting clinic, as the Jays shot 52.8 percent in the final 20 minutes on 19 of 36 shooting, which resulted in a 45-27 second-half advantage. Fujan led the way with 12-points in the second half, and CU cruised to its 15th win of the season.

Jordan Garrison, who had eight points, also provided offense. Alyssa Kamphaus and Brianna Rollerson finished with six, while Sammy Jensen chipped in three. MC McGrory and Alexis Akin-Otiko each had two points each. Nelson pulled down 14 rebounds for yet another double-double on her senior campaign.

Next up for Creighton will be a trip to Cincinnati on Tuesday against the Xavier Musketeers at 6 p.m.. The game can be heard on 1620 the Zone with Glen Sisk calling the action. In the first meeting, in Omaha, the Jays won 79-50.

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