Cincinnati, Ohio — Despite being watching Xavier’s Na’Teshi Owen’s force overtime with a 25-foot heave in the closing seconds of regulation, the Creighton women’s basketball team held strong to claim a 71-64 win over the Musketeers on Monday, Jan. 22.
The win lifted the Bluejays to 11-8 on the season and 5-4 in BIG EAST play, while Xavier fell to 9-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
Senior Sydney Lamberty wasted little time putting the Bluejays back on top in the extra session as she drove the lane for a left-handed layup. Following a 1-of-2 trip to the line for the Musketeers, sophomore Jaylyn Agnew followed Lamberty’s lead with another driving layup to put the Jays up 65-62 (3:33). Xavier got back within one, but the Creighton defense tightened to hold the Musketeers off the scoreboard for the final 2:02. Meanwhile the Bluejays knocked down six of eight from the free throw line to secure the win.
The Bluejays opened the game quickly with great ball movement as Creighton dished out seven assists on eight made baskets to race out to a 21-8 lead. Seven different Jays scored during the frame, led by four from senior Bailey Norby.
The second quarter, however, took a turn for the worse as Creighton committed six turnovers as well as a half dozen fouls to allow the Musketeers to crawl back into the contest. Xavier crept as close as five points three times, including just before the period closed as Creighton held a 27-22 edge as the two teams headed to the locker rooms.
Creighton came out of halftime with improved ball movement once more; as five passes on the opening possession resulted in a trifecta from senior MyahMellman. Xavier, however, refused to give an inch as the Musketeers used a 9-2 run to close within one point at 32-31 with 6:10 left in the frame. Junior Audrey Faber quickly drove the lane for a deuce, but Xavier answered on the following set. The Bluejays regained some breathing room with a couple of free throws from Agnew and a short jumper by fellow sophomore Ali Greene to make it 38-32 (3:32). Freshman Temi Carda closed the quarter with a critical trey from the
The Bluejays appeared to take control of the game behind an early bucket from Lamberty and two more from the charity stripe by Carda pushed Creighton advantage to double-digits at 49-38 with 8:29 left in regulation. With Creighton up 54-45 with just over four minutes remaining, the Musketeers showed they had a little fight left in their tanks. Xavier jacked up its pressure to deliver a 10-2 run, stripping Creighton’s lead to just 56-55 with 1:23 left.
Creighton calmly hit five of six free throws down the stretch, but Xavier got a long three from Aaliyah Dunham to fall with 13 seconds remaining to make it 59-58. After Agnew drained both free throws, she appeared to end the game with a block of Kindell Fincher’s three-point attempt. The deflection bounded to the Musketeers and Owens launched the game-tying three-ball with two seconds remaining to force the extra session.
Lamberty led the Bluejays, recording her eighth double-double with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Agnew also closed the contest with 15 points, while Carda finished with 13.
Xavier got 14 points from Anniina Aijanen, 13 from Jada Byrd and 12 from Owens in the loss.
Creighton returns to the floor on Friday, Jan. 26 as the Bluejays host St. John’s at 7:00 pm in D.J. Sokol Arena.