Omaha, Neb. — Led by a combined 42 points from the trio of senior Audrey Faber, junior Jaylyn Agnewand freshman Chloe Dworak, the Creighton women’s basketball team completed a sweep of rivalry week with a 66-51 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The victory pushed the Bluejays to 3-4 on the season with Creighton’s second consecutive win, while Nebraska-Omaha fell to 4-4 overall.
The Bluejays jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening moments as sophomore Tatum Rembao scored on Creighton’s first possession, then Faber knocked down a three-pointer. The Mavericks, however, answered with five straight points of their own and seized a 10-7 lead with 5:38 left in the frame. Down 15-13 with 2:29 left in the quarter, Creighton used another 5-0 run to claim an 18-15 edge after one. This surge was started by a pair of free throws from freshman Gracey Griglione and a triple from Agnew.
Although the game remained close throughout the second period, Creighton did not yield the lead. The Bluejays got the first bucket of the second quarter at the 7:21 mark as sophomore Olivia Elger drained her first trey of the half. Nebraska-Omaha remained in striking distance as the Mavericks got within a bucket twice. With Creighton clinging to a 28-26 advantage in the closing seconds, a costly UNO turnover under its own back with 1.1 left on the clock led to a Bluejay bucket from Griglione to send the game to halftime with Creighton up 30-26.
Coming out of the break the Bluejays went to Faber in the paint for two, only to have the Mavericks rattle off five straight to get within 32-31 (7:54). The two squads traded buckets over the next four minutes, but Creighton hit a couple of trifectas to push out to a 40-37 edge with 4:15 left. The Bluejays marksmanship improved down the stretch of the third as Dworak, Elger and Agnew each connected from downtown to help send the game to the final quarter with Creighton holding a 49-41 lead.
Faber opened the fourth with consecutive three-pointers to push the Bluejays’ edge to 14 at 55-41 (7:54) to put the game away. Nebraska-Omaha tried to stay in the contest, but the Mavericks went cold from the field in the final frame shooting just 4-of-15 (26.7%).
Faber led Creighton with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the game, while Agnew delivered 13 points and nine boards in her return to the floor. Dworak also reached double-figures with a career-high 12 points.
The Mavericks got a game-high 18 points from Rayanna Carter and a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds from Claire Killian.
Creighton returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 8 as the Bluejays return to the road, facing Wichita State at 2:00 pm.