Omaha, Neb. — Inspired by the return to the floor of Ali Greene (Mahtomedi, Minn.) the Creighton women’s basketball team held a 48-35 lead in the third period, but DePaul proved too much for the Bluejays taking the game 74-67 on Sunday, March 3.
Creighton closed out the regular season 14-15 overall and 8-10 in BIG EAST play, while the Blue Demons finished 23-7 overall and 14-4 in conference action.
Greene joined Audrey Faber (Clive, Iowa), Brooke Kissinger (Minden, Neb.) and Jade Owens(River Forest, Ill.) as a four of Creighton five starters that made their final appearance in a Bluejay uniform in Omaha. The emotion helped Creighton jump out to 11-1 lead with 4:13 remaining. Four different Jays scored in the opening burst, including Greene with a layup to make it 4-0 (7:57). DePaul closed the gap before the close of the period sending the game to break with Creighton holding a 15-11 edge.
DePaul’s run continued early in the second as the Blue Demons leveled the game at 17-17 with 7:31 left in the second quarter. Creighton responded with five consecutive points on a driving layup from sophomore Tatum Rembao (Loveland, Colo) and a three-ball by sophomore Temi Carda (Lakeville, Minn.). Moments later a trio of bucket from Faber pushed Creighton back out to a nine-point advantage at 28-19. The Bluejays eventually took a 28-23 lead into the locker room.
Out of the break Creighton once again extended its lead beyond double figures via an 8-0 run on four points from Faber and four more from Owens. With just under six minutes left in the third quarter Faber knocked down her second trey of the contest to make it 41-28 (5:50). Moments later the Bluejays pushed the lead back to 13 as junior Jaylyn Agnew knocked down a triple from the top of the key, giving Creighton 48-35 (3:51). Over the final 14 minutes, however, DePaul was able to raise the level of pressure and force the Bluejays to turn the ball six times in the fourth quarter alone to grab the win.
Faber closed the game with a team-best 20 points, while Carda finished with 15 points. DePaul got a game-high 22 points, while Mart’E Grays and Chante Stonewall finished with 17 and 15 points respectively.
The Bluejays ended BIG EAST play in a tie for sixth and with a win over Marquette and DePaul earlier this season Creighton claimed the tiebreaker from Providence. As a result Creighton will battle the three-seed Butler on Sunday, March 10 at 8:30 pm (CT).