Omaha, Neb. — Temi Carda had 24 points and Jaylyn Agnew added 18 points and 10 rebounds, but three free throws in the final 6.4 seconds were the difference the Creighton women’s basketball team fell to No. 16 DePaul 74-71 on Sunday, Jan. 5.
DePaul improved to 13-2 and took over sole possession of first place with a 3-0 BIG EAST record, while Creighton dropped to 11-4 and 3-1 in league play after suffering its first loss in six home games this season.
Creighton never trailed in the first quarter, starting the game with three-pointers on three of its first four possessions to quickly take an 9-5 lead. The lead grew as large as as six points on a pair of occasions (11-5 and 16-10) before the Blue Demons closed to within one point by the end of the quarter at 18-17. Both teams assisted on six of seven baskets in the frame, led by Agnew’s three dishes.
Chante Stonewall scored 13 points in the second quarter to help the Blue Demons take a 40-36 lead into the half. Carda and Dee Dee Pryor combined to score CU’s final 10 points in the frame.
Creighton narrowed the gap in the third quarter, tying the game at 47 on a free throw by Olivia Elger, and later on a pull-up jumper by Carda. Carda had eight points in the third quarter, but DePaul remained in front 60-57 after 30 minutes.
Carda then helped Creighton reclaim its first lead since 24-23 on a pair of foul shots with 8:28 to play, and two trips later Rachael Saunders fed Carly Bacholor for the lay-up with 6:58 to play that put the Bluejays ahead 63-60. The Blue Demons answered quickly, getting a step-back three-pointer from Lexi Held and steal and score by Stonewall to regain the lead just 45 seconds later.
Trailing 68-67, Creighton came up empty on four straight trips with a chance to take the lead. Held drained a trey to give DePaul a 71-67 advantage with 1:53 remaining, only to see Agnew respond with two from the charity stripe with 1:19 left. CU got a defensive stop and cleared out for Carda, who was fouled with 35.6 left and made both to tie the game
With the score knotted at 71, DePaul used a pair of timeouts to set up its final play. Held fed Stonewall in the post, who was fouled with 6.4 seconds left. The 78.1 percent free throw shooter missed the first before draining the second shot. The Bluejays used their final timeout to advance the ball past half-court. The Jays set up a play for Carda to drive, but Sonya Morris battled the ball away as Carda turned into the lane and Kelly Campbell grabbed the loose ball. Two free throws by Campbell with 1.9 seconds left provided the final margin.
Carda played all 40 minutes and scored 24 points, one off her career-high. She shot 7-for-10 from the field and was perfect on 10 free throw attempts. Agnew had 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Freshman Carly Bachelor also had a career day with nine points and eight rebounds. CU made 48.1 percent of its shots on the day, including 6-of-22 three-pointers, and won the rebound battle 37-36.
Stonewall’s 26 points were two shy of her career-high, and Held added 23 points including five three-pointers. The Blue Demons were 26-for-69 on the afternoon and made 13-of-18 at the stripe.
Creighton returns to action on Saturday, January 11 when it hosts Providence at 11 am (CT).