Queens, N.Y. — The tandem of senior Audrey Faber and sophomore Temi Carda delivered 39 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to lift the Creighton women’s basketball team to a thrilling 65-63 win at St. John’s on Sunday, Jan. 13.
The win pushed the Bluejays to 9-8 on the season and 3-3 in BIG EAST play, while St. John’s fell to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in conference action.
Down 44-37 early in the fourth quarter, Carda ignited her squad with a traditional three-point play. The Minnesota native hit a running layup, then knocked down the bonus free throw. Faber and freshman Payton Brotzki followed suit with layups to knot the game at 44-44 with 7:40 left. St. John’s reclaimed the edge with a pull-up jumper from Curteeona Brelove. Creighton’s momentum was unaffected as Brotzki dropped in a three-pointer from the corner to grab the lead for the first time since the opening bucket.
Knotted at 49-49 moments later, Creighton surged ahead with seven straight on consecutive jumpers from Carda as well as a bonus free throw for the guard, then junior Morgan Turner delivered a bucket in the paint to push the Bluejay edge to 56-49 with 4:10 left.
The Red Storm answered the challenge with a 10-2 run over the next two minutes to go back in front 59-58 (1:47). Junior Jaylyn Agnew hit one of two from the charity stripe to tie the game for the fifth time, 59-59 with 1:16 left. In the final minute the Bluejays turned to Faber in the post and the Iowa native delivered to put Creighton up 63-61 with 19 seconds left.
St. John’s quickly countered with a layup from Tiana England, to knot the game for a seventh time at 63-63. Following Creighton’s final timeout head coach Jim Flanery went to Carda along the baseline for a driving layup to put Creighton up 65-63 with three seconds left. With a foul to give, the Bluejays took their final foul with one second left on the clock.
The Red Storm had one final chance to force overtime as Agnew was called for a foul on the inbounds play. St. John’s Qadashah Hoppie stepped to the line, but misfired on both free throw attempts to give Creighton the game.
Early in the contest both squads struggled from the field as the Red Storm held an 11-6 lead after the opening ten minutes. The squads heated up in the second quarter, with the Jays getting within one at 17-16 (5:41). St. John’s fired back with eight straight to push its advantage back out to 25-16 (3:56). Before the squads went to the locker rooms Creighton trailed 31-22.
Creighton came out of the break swinging as the Bluejays delivered seven straight on a trey from Carda, followed by consecutive buckets in the paint from Faber. The Bluejays eventually pulled even at 33-33 with 4:21 left, but St. John’s held Creighton off to take a 42-37 edge into the final frame.
Carda led all scorers with 22 points in the contest, while Faber finished with 17. St. John’s got 18 from Alisha Kebbe and 10 from Kadaja Bailey.
The Bluejays return to action on Friday, Jan. 18 as Creighton hosts Xavier at 7:00 pm in D.J. Sokol Arena.