CU launched an impressive comeback but came up short, trying to hand the Cougars their first loss.
Cold Shooting Cripples Creighton
After the Bluejays brought the action to the Huskers a season ago, Nebraska coach Connie Yori wanted to make sure the opposite was true in 2013.
"After last year, we wanted to come out and be the attacker which we felt is what Creighton did to us last season," said Yori. "Our defense forced them into many mistakes, but it's always a chess match with them with how they move the ball around."
Alyssa Kamphaus led the Bluejays with eight points and seven rebounds in the defeat.
CU was held to 23.1 percent shooting in the game, including 4-of-35 (11.4%) shooting in the second half. Creighton suffered a six-minute drought to begin the second half after trailing 35-27 at the end of the first 20-minutes. The second half was all Nebraska, as the Huskers outscored CU 28-11. Poor shooting is one of the things preventing CU from being the team it could be according to Coach Flanery.
"We needed to shot much better than we did but we've struggled shooting the last three games," said Creighton's coach. "We're a long ways away from where we want to be, while Nebraska is probably much closer."
The game opened with back-and-forth action between the in-state rivals. Creighton led by as many as three points early. Sarah Nelson tied the game at 19 with 8:39 remaining in the first half, but the Big Red closed on a 16-9 run, pushing the lead to eight at the break. Kamphaus led the way after the first half with eight points and four rebounds in nine minutes of action. Marissa Janning chipped in six points with both baskets coming behind the three-point line. Nelson, McKenzie Fujan and Sammy Jensen had three points each.
Offensively, the Jays shot 36.7 percent from the field but couldn't get stops on the defensive end, allowing the Huskers shooting 53.5 percent.
In the second half, it was the Nebraska defense that stifled the Bluejays by contesting nearly every shot. The Jays made the Huskers' Jordan Hooper a non-factor for the second straight match-up, holding her to five points. Hooper was effective on the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds.
"They challenged her on defense but she grabbed nearly every rebound which helped others contribute, but we knew she was their focus," said current Nebraska coach, and former Bluejay. Emily Cady scored 14 points to lead the way for the Huskers with Hailie Sample adding 13 after both scored nine in the first half. The Huskers' size and agility gave Creighton problems on Saturday.
"Nebraska played great, they've got several great athletes which adds to the challenge," said Kamphaus.
The 38 points against Nebraska were the lowest in the series for CU since 1975, also in Lincoln when they lost 46-43. This was the first game between the rivals at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln.
Next up for Creighton: Three games in Las Vegas at the Duel in the Desert, which begins on December 19 against Clemson at 9:30 p.m. central. The Jays will face Clemson the next day and close with host UNLV. Both games also start at 9:30 p.m. central.
Notes: The Bluejays haven't lost three straight games since the 2011-12 season, when they dropped four straight from December 11 to January 8 … Lowest points scored since a 50-35 setback versus Eastern Michigan … Coach Flanery was called for his second technical foul of the season and fifth for his career. He came into the season with just three in his career, and the team was 1-0 in game he was T'd up. The last one came on November 11 against South Dakota State.
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