Omaha, Neb. — Trailing 65-59 with 76 seconds remaining, the Creighton women’s basketball team pulled another win out as junior Audrey Faber‘s running jumper in the paint at the buzzer forced overtime allowing the Bluejays to outlast Northern Iowa, 89-78, in double overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The win lifted Creighton to 3-1 on the season, while Northern Iowa fell to 1-2.
Down 65-59 following a three-point play by Northern Iowa’s Ellie Howell, sophomore Jaylyn Agnew answered the challenge with a trey from the right wing with 1:06 left. Howell pushed the Panthers back up five with a driving layup, but freshman Tatum Rembao pushed the ball up the court for a response layup to make it 67-64 with 33 seconds left. Rembao continued to impact the game with a steal and a layup to make it a one-point contest with five seconds left (67-66). The Bluejays quickly fouled Howell, who hit the first from the charity stripe but missed the second. Agnew grabbed the rebound and quickly called Creighton’s final timeout.
Head coach Jim Flanery advanced the ball on the timeout with 3.4 seconds left. Senior Sydney Lamberty triggered the play, finding Faber just outside the lane, the Iowa native immediately drove to the paint and tossed in a left-handed jumper as time expired to force overtime at 68-68.
Rembao kicked off the first overtime with a drive to the hoop, yielding a bucket and one from the charity stripe. Northern Iowa answered with two free throws, but Faber pushed Creighton back up 73-70 with a driving layup (2:49). Northern Iowa pulled within one via a layup from Megan Maahs and had a chance to take the lead as Maahs went to the free throw line with 38 seconds left. Once more a Panther hit just one of two from the free thrown line, knotting the game at 73-73. A Bluejay miss opened the door for UNI, but Agnew picked up her squad with a block of Northern Iowa’s Howell in the closing seconds to send the game to a second overtime.
The sixth period of play was all Creighton as Faber opened the second extra session by connecting from downtown. Northern Iowa responded with an interior bucket by Maahs, but Creighton outscored the Panthers 13-3 in the final four minutes of play. The Bluejays created separation on a layup from Lamberty (78-75 with 4:04), followed by strong defense to get the ball back. Offensively Creighton forced the Panthers to defend throughout the shot clock, then converted nine of ten free throws in the second overtime.
Early in the game the Bluejays controlled thing, building a 12 point lead (42-30) with 5:56 remaining in the third. Northern Iowa, however, battled back within seven (54-47) heading into the fourth.
Faber finished with a game-high 29 points, while Agnew posted her first career double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Rembao and Lamberty also reached double figures with 14 and 11 respectively. Northern Iowa got 16 points from Howell and 15 from Maahs in the loss.
Creighton is back in action on Friday, Nov. 24 as the Bluejays begin play in the South Point Tournament in Las Vegas against Washington at 1:00 pm (CT).