Lady Jays soar past Drake

Alexis Akin-Otiko scored a career high 13

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Bluejays women's basketball team downed Drake, 98-71 on Saturday, Feb. 2, equaling the most points scored under head coach Jim Flanery.

The win moved Creighton to 16-4 on the season and 8-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Drake, meanwhile, fell to 6-13 overall and 2-7 in the MVC.

The Bulldogs set the pace in the opening moments of the contest as Drake jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the 18:14 mark.

Creighton responded with five straight on a short jumper from junior Alyssa Kamphaus and a three-pointer by junior McKenzie Fujan to close within a point at 7-6.

Down 13-8 moments later, the Bluejays finally gained control of the game with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes. Junior Sarah Nelson got the Jays going with a turnaround jumper from the right block. Following a missed layup by the Bulldogs, senior Ally Jensen drained a trifecta from the left wing to tie the game at 13-13 before the opening media timeout.

Layups by junior Jordan Garrison, sophomore Alexis Akin-Otiko and Nelson sandwiched a Drake bucket to give the Jays a 19-15 edge with 13:56 showing. The ensuing Creighton possession saw freshman Marissa Janning convert a traditional three-point play, pushing the Bluejay lead to 22-15.

Over the final 13 minutes of the opening period the Jays sank five more triples as Creighton took a 56-42 lead into the break. The 56-point outburst was the most points scored by the Jays in a half since putting up 59 points at Siena on March 22, 2003.

The Jays opened the second period with a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 63-44 with 17:42 remaining, but Drake had one more haymaker in reserve.

The Bulldogs delivered their last blow over the next three minutes, scoring 15 of the next 20 to get back within single digits at 68-59. Unphased, the Jays pounded the ball inside to Nelson for a short jumper. Up 70-59, Janning put the game out of reach with three treys in 62 seconds (12:18 to 11:16) to vault Creighton to its largest margin at 79-59.

The Jays went to claim the game 98-71, holding the ball for a 24 second clock violation in the closing minute. Returning the show of sportsmanship, Drake held the ball for the final ten seconds.

Janning led all scorers with 22 points, while Nelson finished with 20. Fujan and Akin-Otiko also reached double-figures for Creighton with 19 and 13 respectively.

Drake's Morgan Reid led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Kyndal Clark chipped in 13.

It was just the seventh time that a Flanery led team scored 90 points or more, equaling the 98 points scored by his team on Jan. 18, 2003 in a 98-75 win over Evansville.

The Bluejays return to the court on Friday, Feb. 8 as the Jays face Indiana State at 6:05 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind.

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