Despite 26 points from Sarah Nelson, Creighton suffered a 68-54 loss Saturday afternoon at Villanova.
The loss dropped the Jays to 13-9 on the season and 7-3 in Big East play while Villanova is 16-5 and 6-4 in the conference.
The Bluejays opened the game with a flurry, building an 11-5 lead by the 14:28 mark. McKenzie Fujan opened the scoring with a running six-footer from the left side. After a three-pointer by Villanova made it 5-2, Marissa Janning and Nelson gave Creighton its first lead at 6-5. Nelson followed with a step-back trey, then Fujan capped the run with an eight-foot jumper.
Villanova responded with a 12-4 run of its own to take an 18-15 lead with 10:41 remaining in the half. Janning knotted the game at 18-18 with her only three of the game, but the Wildcats scored 16 of the next 19 points to build a 34-21 lead and took a 38-27 lead at the break.
Fujan knocked down two free throws to open the second half, but the Bluejays missed their first seven shots to allow Villanova to push its lead to 52-31 with 11:44 remaining. Down the stretch the Wildcats took the air out of the ball by bleeding the shot clock to single digits on each possession.
Nelson finished with a season-high 26 points and also posted her second straight double-double with 11 rebounds while Fujan finished with 14 points. Fujan and Nelson combined to shoot 13-of-23 (57 percent) from the field, but the rest of the Bluejays were a combined 3-of-26 (12 percent).
Villanova had four players finish in double figures, led by 19 points from Caroline Coyer.