Although Creighton trailed by two points with five minutes remaining in the game, the Bluejays (16-10, 10-4 BIG EAST) completed the regular season sweep of Xavier (8-18, 3-11 BIG EAST) behind Sammy Jensen's big night in Cincinnati, scoring a career-high 17 points in the 70-61 victory.
Last month, the Jays defeated the Musketeers 79-50 in Omaha behind 29 points from Marissa Janning, who, like Jensen, finished with 17 points. The Bluejays' 38-26 advantage on the board, led by Sarah Nelson's 10, paved the way for victory.
Outside of a couple early ties, Creighton controlled the action during the first 20 minutes, leading by as many as 10 points. As a team, CU shot 15-of-32 for 46.9 percent, hitting 9-of-19 shots from 3-point distance.
A balanced scoring attack was the result of hot shooting, with Jensen and Janning leading the way with nine first-half points. Eight of the 10 players who got into the game scored. Jordan Garrison topped the bench, which outscored the Musketeer reserves 18-0, with eight points.
After a 3-pointer from Jensen put the visitors up by nine, the Musketeers made their move. Ashley Wanninger put the home team up 51-50 with 13:33 remaining; no team would lead by more than three for the next eight minutes.
Xavier took their last lead of the game with 5:28 left at 58-56 before Creighton went on to score 12 of the next 13 points, clinching the win. The Bluejays went 8 of 8 from the free throw line for the game, including 6 of 6 in the second half.
Jensen and Janning combined for 34 points, leading the team. Nelson narrowly missed on another double-double, scoring just nine points, while Garrison scored all eight of her points in the opening half. McKenzie Fujan had the next highest at five points, Alexis Akin-Otiko and Brianna Rollerson scored four points each, and MC McGrory and Lauren Works rounded out the offense with three points apiece.
Next up is the first of two straight home games, with St. John's coming to D.J. Sokol Arena on Sunday, February 23. Fans can catch the 2:05 pm game on FOX Sports 2 or listen on 1180 Zone2 or by going to 1620thezone.com. In the first meeting, on January 8, the Red Storm beat CU 67-48 in Queens.
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