- The host Creighton Bluejays knocked down 10 three-pointers on Sunday
afternoon inside D.J. Sokol Arena, sending the top team in the Missouri Valley
Conference to a 69-50 victory over the visiting Indiana State women's
Indiana State falls to 10-5 on the season and 2-2 within league play, their sixth consecutive loss on the road to Creighton (12-3, 4-0 MVC) and 11th loss in the last 12 meetings with the Bluejays overall.
Following a layup by sophomore Racheal Mahan with 14:19 remaining in the first half, the Sycamores cut the Bluejays' lead to 7-6, but Creighton ran off a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a 22-10 advantage with 7:21 until the half. During that run, Creighton knocked down three treys.
Creighton took a 32-20 lead into the locker room on the strength of a 7-for-14 effort from beyond the three-point arc in the opening 20 minutes of play. Mahan led Indiana State with six points in the first half, while sophomore Jessica Valley and freshman Marina Laramie each added four.
The Bluejays did not let up after the break, beginning the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 45-22 lead with 15:13 to play. Indiana State hit their first field goal of the second period at the 14:46 mark, as freshman Kasey Johnson knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing.
Creighton's largest lead of the game came with 12 minutes remaining when CU's Ally Jensen connected on a three-pointer to give the Bluejays a 55-25 edge. For the game, Creighton went 10-for-22 (45.5%) from long range, leading the home side to a 69-50 victory.
Without the services of junior leading-scorer Anna Munn, who was held out of the contest following a knee injury suffered in the second half on Friday at Drake, the Sycamores went 18-for-48 (37.5%) from the field and 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three-point range. The Indianapolis native will be re-evaluated next week on the extent of her injury.
Laramie led Indiana State with 11 points off the bench, her fourth game in double figures this season. Johnson also went into double digits with 10 points. Sophomore Travecia Franklin pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go with seven points.
Creighton's Jordan Garrison paced the Bluejays, scoring 14 points off the bench. For the game, Creighton's bench provided 38 points.
Indiana State returns to Terre Haute and Hulman Center next week, hosting Southern Illinois at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. The matchup between the Sycamores and Salukis will be broadcast on the MVC-TV Network.