Bluejays Blow 20-Point Lead, Fall In Double Overtime

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Jordan Garrison hit a three to force double overtime, but Creighton lost at Minnesota 88-81 Sunday afternoon.

Down 4-2 in the opening moments, Carli Tritz set the tone for the opening half by drilling a trey to give the Bluejays their first lead at 5-4. Tritz's three-ball ignited a 12-0 Creighton run over the next three minutes to give CU a 14-4 lead with 14:34 remaining.

Still up 10 at 22-12, the Jays (8-3) used a 7-0 spurt to extend their lead to 29-12 at the 6:31 mark. The Bluejays extended the lead to as much as 20 points at 38-18, but a 5-0 Minnesota run in the final minute sent the Jays to the locker room with a 38-23 edge.

Leading 54-37 with seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Jays were unable to stop Minnesota's Rachel Banham as she scored 12 of her game-high 39 points to lead the Golden Gophers on a 21-4 run that tied the game at 58-58 and force overtime.

In the first extra frame it was the Bluejays turn to fight back. Down 69-61 with 2:08 left, Creighton forced double overtime with a 11-3 run. Ally Jensen got things started with a three-pointer, then Tritz cut it to three with two free throws to make it 69-66. After a Minnesota bucket, McKenzie Fujan drained a trey to make it 72-69.

A defensive stop set Creighton up for a chance to force a second overtime with :23 remaining. The final play started in Tritz's hands, a ball screen by Garrison set her free for the game tying shot.

The Golden Gophers (11-3) shot 5-of-8 in the second overtime.

Sarah Nelson led Creighton with 19 points and nine rebounds while Marissa Janning put up 18 points before fouling out in the first overtime. Tritz had 17 points and Garrison finished with 11.

Micella Riche scored 23 for Minnesota.

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