Des Moines, Iowa — Playing in her hometown, junior Audrey Faber never wanted the game to end as she dropped in a career-high 34 points to guide the Bluejay women’s basketball squad to a 108-100 win in quadruple overtime at Drake on Sunday, Dec. 3.
Along the way Faber became Creighton’s 27th player to pass the 1,000-point plateau, closing the contest with 1,013 points.
The win lifted the Bluejays to 4-3 on the season, while Drake fell to 4-4.
Although Creighton left Des Moines with the victory, things couldn‘t have started much worse as Drake raced out to an 11-0 run in the first four minutes of the contest. The Bluejays battled back within six at 13-7, but trailed 19-11 after one.
Down 25-16 with 6:33 left in the second quarter the Bluejays made their move, rattling off 13 of the next 15 to surge ahead 29-27. Senior Kylie Brown got the Bluejays off and rolling with a 12-footer, then freshman Temi Carda knocked down a three-ball to make it 25-21. After a running jumper by senior Sydney Lamberty, Drake countered with two free throws. Unphased Lambertyanswered with a three-ball from the right wing, followed by a traditional three-point play from Faber to put Creighton up 29-27 with 2:24 left. Drake, however, closed the half on a 7-0 run as the Bluejays trailed 34-29 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to sophomore Jaylyn Agnew as the Kansas native scored 15 of her 20 points in the period. After going 0-3 in the first half, Agnew came out firing from the jump in the third as she drilled a trifecta from the right wing. Early in the frame both teams were firing on all cylinders offensively as each squad hit five of their first six shots. Down 46-41 (6:00) Faber notched five straight on her own to tie the game 46-46 (5:12). After a Bulldog bucket, Agnew connected from downtown on back-to-back possession to push the Bluejays out to a 52-48 lead. Creighton held the lead the rest of the frame, closing the frame with five straight on a three-ball by Faber and a shot from the elbow by Brown to hold a 61-52 edge as the contest went to the fourth.
Drake chipped away at the Creighton lead throughout the fourth, holding the Bluejays off the scoreboard for the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime, 71-71.
The Bluejays opened the first extra session with a one-handed running jumper from Lambertyand two free throws by Faber to hold a 75-71 lead and held a 79-75 edge with 1:43 left. Once more, however, the Bulldogs closed the period with tough defense to force a second extra period, 79-79.
In the second overtime the Bluejays once again held the advantage, leading 84-81 with 2:49 left. Drake answered with a free throw by Brenni Rose and a running layup from Sammie Bachrodt to force a third overtime.
This time it was the Bulldogs racing out to a 90-86 edge with 2:32 left, but two free throws from Lamberty and a running layup by Carda knotted the game at 90-90. As the shot clock ticked under two seconds remaining Bachrodt heaved a shot towards the hoop that bounced in off the backboard to put Drake up 92-90 with 1.9 seconds remaining.
Following a Creighton timeout, the Bluejays went inside to Faber. She was knocked to the floor by Drake’s Becca Jonas, sending the forward to the line with 0.8 seconds left.
“Heading to the line I was a little nervous, but [Mellman] walked over and told me I was going to hit them both,” said Faber. “That calmed me down and I did.”
The decisive period was all Creighton as the Bulldogs turnover the ball over, leading to a three-pointer from Lamberty. After each team hit one-of-two from the line, the Bluejays got another stop, then Agnew connected for a transition trey to put the Bluejays up 99-93 with 2:08 left. The Bluejays hit six of eight from the charity strip down the stretch to second the victory.
Faber’s 34 points led all scorers, while Lamberty and Agnew finished with 21 and 20 respectively. Carda posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Lamberty also posted a double-double with 12 boards.
Drake got 23 points from Sara Rhine to lead the way. Four other Bulldogs reached double-figures; Becca Hittner (18), Rose (17), Bachrodt (16) and Becca Jones with 10.
It was just the second time in school history that Creighton needed quadruple overtime to decide a contest as the Bluejays also bested Loyola-Chicago in four overtimes, 117-108, on Jan. 12, 1986. The 108 points scored by the Bluejays was tied for the seventh most in school history.
Creighton returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 10 as the Bluejays battle Nebraska-Omaha in Baxter Arena at 1:00 pm.