Villanova, Pa. — Playing one of its best games in several weeks, the Creighton women’s basketball team came up just short in a 67-62 loss at Villanova in double overtime on Sunday, Feb. 3.
The loss moved Creighton to 10-12 on the season and 4-7 in BIG EAST action, while Villanova moved to 15-7 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
Trailing 12-5 with 4:22 left in the first period, the Bluejay defensive held Villanova to just two points over the next 11 minutes, giving Creighton a 23-14 edge with 3:20 left until halftime.
The extra sessions turned on a pair of deep three-pointers from Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn, one to open the first overtime and another with 25 seconds remaining in the final frame. The first quarter closed with five straight from the Bluejays on two free throws from junior Jaylyn Agnew and three-pointer from senior Brooke Kissinger. The frame ended in a 12-12 tie.
Creighton’s run was extended to 10-0 early in the second as senior Audrey Faber opened the period with five straight on an interior jumper and a trey. A Wildcat bucket made it 17-14, but the Bluejays answered with six straight, getting four on drives by Agnew and the other two on a fade-away jumper from Faber.
The gap remained nine as the two squads went to the locker room, with sophomore Temi Carda banking a shot off the glass in the final seconds.
Playing in front of their home crowd Villanova made a charge in the third quarter, but a pair of treys from junior Olivia Elger helped Creighton hold a 39-37 heading into the fourth.
Creighton watched Villanova take an early lead in the fourth period, but the Bluejays had the lead at 54-52 with 30 seconds left in regulation. Villanova went inside for a bucket from Mary Gedaka to force overtime.
Trailing 59-57 with under one minute to play in overtime, the Bluejays pulled even on a drive by Agnew with 20 seconds left. Creighton had a chance to win it in regulation, getting the ball with 1.2 seconds left. The ball went into Faber, but despite a high degree of contact no call was made.
Faber led Creighton with 22 points, while Agnew finished with 15 and junior Olivia Elger had 12 points. Villanova got a game-high 23 points from Mary Gedaka, 15 points from Kelly Jekot and 11 points from both Hahn and Jannah Tucker.
The Bluejays return home to host St. John’s on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 pm in D.J. Sokol Arena.