Creighton's women's basketball (8-6, 2-0 BIG EAST) rang in the New Year with a 65-63 overtime win at Georgetown (6-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Sarah Nelson led the Jays with a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Coming into the game, the Jays only true road win was at UNLV on December 21 and were 0-4 prior to that. CU overcame cold shooting in the first half and used defense to stifle the Hoyas in the second half and overtime.
In the first 20 minutes, both teams held the lead with Georgetown leading by as many as six and Creighton high mark of four. The Hoyas made their mark in the paint, outscoring the White and Blue 18-4 in the paint, however, CU did get to the free throw line six times to just twice by the home team.
The second half was another back-and-forth affair with both teams taking the lead at different points of the half. Georgetown held a 57-54 advantage with 34 seconds remaining before Nelson hit a three with six seconds left that tied the game up and forced overtime.
McKenzie Fujan opened the extra session up with a three pointer that put the Jays up for good. Alyssa Kamphaus made layup gave Creighton their largest lead in OT of six points making the score 65-59. Georgetown had one more chance within the final minute to tie the game but Jade Martin missed a jumper as the Bluejays picked up their first BIG EAST Conference road win in program history.
Bench points went in favor of CU 20-6, with eight of those coming from Alexis Akin-Otiko. Outside of Nelson's team high, Marissa Janning scored 14, Fujan finished with nine as the "Big 3" combined to score 40 points.
Nelson collected her first double-double of the season and 17th of her career. The team hoisted up 43 3-pointers attempted in a game which set a new conference record that was previously held by Connecticut.
Next up for the Bluejays is the pre-season conference favorite, DePaul Blue Demons, at 4:05 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena. The game can be heard on 1290 KOIL in Omaha with video available for a fee on GoCreighton.com. Additionally, fans can follow on twitter @GoCreighton, @CreightonWBB and @BluejayReport.