Down By 15 In Second Half, CU Women Rally For OT Win

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Trailing 49-34 with 7:56 remaining, Creighton rallied to claim a 65-62 overtime win over Brigham Young Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

It was the largest comeback victory since January 24, 2010 when the Bluejays overcame an 16-point halftime deficit (33-17) for a 62-58 win against Northern Iowa.

Down 35-19 at halftime, Creighton began to show some life at in the opening moments of the second period, led by the scoring of Jordan Garrison and Marissa Janning. Garrison made a three-pointer and Janning connected on a traditional three-point play, but five points from the Cougars' Lexi Eaton kept the deficit at 40-25.

Garrison drilled another trifecta. The next time down the floor, the BYU defense collapsed on Garrison so Janning nailed a three-pointer to bring the Jays back to within single digits at 40-31.

Following a BYU layup Janning drew the Jays to within eight on another three, this time from deep in the right corner. The eight point deficit was as close as Creighton had been since the 10-minute mark of the opening half.

BYU answered with a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to push the game back to a 15-point margin at 49-34. Coming out of the eight minute media timeout, the Bluejays went to Sarah Nelson for a jumper, breaking the Cougars run.

Over the ensuing four minutes Nelson, Carli Tritz and Ally Jensen led the Jays on a 15-5 run to pull to within five at 54-49 with 3:10 left in regulation. Janning capped the run with her third trey of the game.

The Jays defense continued to frustrate BYU down the stretch, forcing stop after stop. Tritz took advantage with a driving layup, then Janning connected on a four-foot running jumper as well as the bonus foul shot to tie the game at 54-54 with 2:12 to go.

BYU reclaimed the lead at 56-54 on a 10-footer by Xojian Harry with :34 left. Tritz tied the game again :12 later on a driving layup.

The overtime period saw the Bluejays claim their first lead with 3:33 to go as Jensen went 1-of-2 from the line. The Cougars wasted little time reclaiming the lead on a three-pointer from Kim Beeston to take a 59-57 lead with just over two minutes to go. This time, Tritz waited :17 to tie the game on a driving layup at 59-59.

Following two BYU free throws, it was Janning's turn to shine as she nailed a jumper from 12 feet out to make it 61-61 with 1:51 to go. BYU had its chances to take control once again, but two missed jumpers as well as a missed free throw by Lexi Eaton on a 1-and-1 chance opened the door for the Jays.

With under a minute to go in overtime, BYU refused to let Tritz drive. Instead, she kicked the ball out to Nelson who buried her first three-pointer of the game.

Janning led the Jays with 19 points and Nelson added 16. Eaton topped the Cougars with 18.

The Jays improved to 3-2 on the season, all road victories, while BYU fell to 3-4 overall.

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