The Creighton women opened the second half on a 20-5 run and moved into sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 69-50 win over Indiana State Sunday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena.
The Bluejays (12-3, 4-0 MVC) never trailed in the game while winning their fourth straight. Indiana State dropped to 10-5 (2-2 MVC).
The Sycamore defense, ranked 13th nationally by allowing just 50.2 points per game coming in, were no match for a CU offense predicated on long-range marksmanship and countless lay-ups off feeds to cutting teammates.
Creighton used its defense to break free from a close game midway through the first half. Clinging to a 14-10 lead, Creighton held ISU scoreless over the next 4:21. In that time, McKenzie Fujan hit a runner and Sarah Nelson and Marissa Janning followed with three-point shots as an 8-0 run prompted a Sycamore timeout with the score 22-10. ISU's field goal drought would last over six minutes until Marina Laramie scored, only to have CU answer with a long-range shot by Jordan Garrison.
Creighton would take a 32-20 lead into the intermission behind 10 points each from reserves Garrison and Janning.
After scoring just four baskets inside the arc in the first half, the Jays went inside to start the second half, getting two hoops from Alyssa Kamphaus and one each by Carli Tritz and Nelson to make it 40-22 before finding Janning in the corner for a three-pointer to make it 43-22. After a timeout and defensive stand, Alexis Akin-Otiko's lay-up pushed the lead to 45-22.
Creighton's scoring binge continued with consecutive treys by sisters Sammy and Ally Jensen to make it 55-25 as the Jays made 10 baskets after intermission before ISU's second score and the Sycamores never got any closer than the final margin of 19 the rest of the way.
Garrison led Creighton with 14 points while Janning added 13. Joining them in double-figures was Nelson, who finished with 11 points.
ISU was led in scoring by 11 points from Laramie and 10 from Kasey Johnson while Travecia Franklin had a game-high 11 rebounds. The Sycamores shot 37.5 percent from the floor (18-48).
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