Omaha, Neb. — After racing out to a 24-4 lead in the first quarter, the Creighton women’s basketball was forced into overtime by Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 28. In the extra session the Bluejays delivered a decisive 17-0 shutout to claim their third consecutive victory.
The win pushed the Bluejays to 13-8 on the season and 7-4 in BIG EAST action, while Seton Hall fell to 13-9 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
Up 64-58 with 1:54 remaining in regulation, Creighton appeared to have outlasted a scrappy Pirate team. Seton Hall, however, had other ideas as the Pirates forced four Bluejay turnovers down the stretch to pull even. Seton Hall even had a shot to claim the contest as Inja Butina’s fall away jumper with five seconds remaining came up just short.
The overtime session began with a Bluejay defensive stop, then sophomore Olivia Elger drove the left side and dropped in a circus shot. Elger was fouled on the play, but her free throw bounced into the hands of fellow sophomore Jaylyn Agnew. Seconds later Elger was connecting from long range to put Creighton up 69-64 (4:10). Following another defensive stop the ball movement that led to Creighton’s early lead yielded an open layup for sophomore Ali Greene. Creighton dealt the knockout blow moments later as senior Sydney Lamberty knocked down a three-ball from the corner as a foul was called against Seton Hall. Greene knocked down one of two from the line giving Creighton a 77-64 lead with 2:38 left. The Bluejays held the Pirates to 0-for-7 from the field and 0-2 from the charity stripe in the extra session, while the Bluejays were 6-of-8 (75%) in overtime.
It’s an understatement to say the opening quarter was all Creighton. Leading 5-4 three minutes into the first period, the Bluejays went on a 19-0 run to close the frame. Senior Bailey Norbyconnected on a 12-footer to start the Creighton surge, then the Bluejays knocked down five straight treys from different players. Junior Audrey Faber‘s triple made it 10-4, then freshman Temi Carda, sophomores Olivia Elger and Jaylyn Agnew as well as junior Brooke Kissingerfollowed suit to give Creighton a 22-4 advantage with 1:17 left. Lamberty capped the run with a driving layup to give Creighton a 24-4 edge after 10 minutes.
Seton Hall answered the Bluejays ball movement with nine assists and just one turnover in the second quarter. JaQuan Jackson led the Pirate attack with 13 points in the frame as Seton Hall claimed the lead at 29-28 with 2:44 left in the first half. Elger regained control for Creighton as she scored the Bluejays final seven points of the frame to send the Jays to halftime up, 35-34.
Four early Pirate points in the second half gave Seton Hall its largest lead of the game (38-35 at the 8:48 mark), but Agnew pulled the Bluejays even with a triple from the top of the key. The two squads battled back and forth throughout the third, yet a traditional three-point play from Lamberty gave the Bluejays a 55-52 edge heading to the fourth.
Up just two at 60-58 with 4:41 left in regulation, Lamberty dropped in back-to-back buckets for the Bluejays to set up the furious finish.
Lamberty led all scorers with 21 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists. Elger closed the game with 17 points, while Agnew posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Seton Hall’s Jackson also reached 21 points, while Butina had 16 and Shadeen Samuels finished with 14 in the loss.
Sunday’s victory moved the Bluejays to 4-1 in overtime contests this season. With the fifth contest needing extra time this season, it sets a program record for overtime games in a single season.
Creighton returns to the hardwood on Friday, Feb. 2 as the Bluejays travel to Chicago to face DePaul at 7:00 pm.