Strong Second Half Helps Jays Protect Perch

McKenzie Fujan and Marissa Janning led the scoring, while Sarah Nelson just missed a triple-double.

Wednesday night, the Creighton (18-10, 12-4 BIG EAST) women's basketball team extended its home winning streak in conference games at D.J. Sokol Arena, defeating Seton Hall (16-11, 7-9 BIG EAST) 70-50.

Sarah Nelson narrowly missed a triple-double, scoring eight points, grabbing 14 rebounds with nine assists.

Both teams started slowly. The Pirates led 10-5 six-and-a-half minutes into the action. After tying the score at 14, Seton Hall built their largest lead at 27-20 with 5:12 left in the first.

The Bluejays closed the half on a 9-1 run, capped by a Brianna Rollerson layup, and took a 29-28 advantage to the locker room. The Jays' bench produced 11 points and outscored the Hall's bench by nine before the break.

Creighton spent the first five minutes and change building a nine-point lead, but the Pirates whittled it down to two points with 12:28 on the clock. Holding on to a narrow lead at 39-37, the Jays got all the separation they needed, starting a 14-0 run that left the score 53-37.

Seton Hall never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way and was outscored 41-22 in the second half. A key to the comfortable margin of victory was the CU defense's ability to hold to SHU to just 27 percent shooting, while controlling the boards 23-18, in the second half.

McKenzie Fujan and Marissa Janning each scored in double figures. Fujan scored 11 of her team-high 17 points after half, while Janning had 10 points of her 16 in the final 20. Sammy Jensen scored seven points, and Rolleron and Alexis Akin-Otiko each added six from the post. Jordan Garrison finished with five, Lauren Works three and Alyssa Kamphaus rounded out the scoring with two.

Next up for the Bluejays is a Saturday trip to Milwaukee, where the team faces Marquette at 2 p.m. On January 25, the teams met in Omaha, and Creighton won 83-64 behind 23 points from Janning. Fans can catch this contest on FOX Sports 1 and on radio on 1290 KOIL with Glen Sisk handling the call.

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