Omaha, Neb. — Creighton used a 37-7 scoring run to overcome a 14-point third quarter deficit and beat Seton Hall, 80-71, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Creighton (11-13, 5-8 BIG EAST) snapped a five-game losing streak while avenging a loss last month in South Orange to Seton Hall (14-10, 6-7 BIG EAST).
Creighton trailed 46-32 with seven minutes to play in the third quarter before embarking on their run. Senior Audrey Faber scored the first five points to start a 17-2 run that gave Creighton its first lead since 6-4. The Bluejays would eventually build a lead as large as 74-57 (2:57) before holding off a late run by the Pirates that narrowed the gap to six in the final 31 seconds.The victory was Creighton’s largest comeback in a win since overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat UNI on Dec. 8, 2014.
Early in the game the Bluejays hit the floor with better energy than they’d displayed during the slide. The improved energy led to open looks, but the rim was unkind as Creighton shot just 4-of-19 in the opening frame to trail 20-10 after one. Down 22-10 early in the second quarter, the Bluejays responded with a 9-2 run to force a Seton Hall timeout. Freshman Rachael Saundersgot things going as she broke free for a back-cut to the basket that resulted in an open layup. Faber followed with a three-ball from the right wing, then senior Jade Owens knocked down one of two from the stripe to make it 22-16 (7:31). After a Seton Hall layup, Faber delivered another trey to pull the Bluejays within five at 24-19 (6:44).
The Pirates pushed their lead back out to double-digits at 29-19 with just under five minutes remaining. Down 31-22 with 2:06 remaining, Creighton score the final four points of the half on a three-pointer and a free throw from Faber to send the teams to the locker rooms with the Bluejays down 31-26.
Seton Hall came out quickly in the third to push its advantage to its largest margin at 46-32 with 7:02 left in the frame, setting up Creighton’s epic comeback.
Faber led the Bluejays with a game-high 26 points, one off her season-high. While junior Jaylyn Agnew (18 points, 14 rebounds) and senior Jade Owens (12 points, 10 rebounds) each produced double-doubles. It was Agnew’s second of the season and fifth of her career, while Owens had her first career double-dip.
Inja Butina led Seton Hall with 16 points, while Desiree Elmore and Shadeen Samuels combined for 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The duo (Elmore and Samuels), however, both fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
Creighton returns to the court on Friday with a 6:00 p.m. CST game at Butler