Creighton women move to 17-6

OMAHA, Neb. - Freshman Marissa Janning poured in a career-high 26 and junior Alyssa Kamphaus posted her first career double-double to lead Creighton WBB past Missouri State, 67-51 on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The victory lifted the Jays to 17-6 overall and 9-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), while the Lady Bears dropped to 12-12 on the season and 4-8 in MVC play.

Creighton took control of a close game just past the midway point of the second half with a 20-3 run. Trailing 45-44 with just over nine minutes left, the Bluejays grabbed the lead when junior McKenzie Fujan drained a three-ball. The ensuing Missouri State possession sent a shockwave throughout the game as at the 8:14 mark Missouri State's Tyonna Snow committed a turnover then received a technical foul. The fallout gave two free throws to the Jays and the ball. Creighton quickly took advantage on back-to-back trifecta by Janning to push Creighton's lead to 55-45 with 7:10 on the clock.

The Jays continued to extend the lead over the ensuing moments and finally senior Ally Jensen put a bow on the run with her 200th career three-pointer to cap the 20-3 run and give Creighton its largest lead of the game (16 points), 64-48 with 3:26 remaining.

Creighton soared out on a similar run in the opening moments, building a 13-0 advantage on the Lady Bears in the first four minutes. Janning and Fujan supplied the offense with eight and five points respectively.

The lead, however, would not last. Missouri State charged back with 18 of the next 22 points to claim an 18-17 edge with 9:28 remaining in the opening period. Down the stretch of the first half the Jays turned to Kamphaus on the interior. The Seward native dropped in 10 of her 12 points in the first 20 minutes.

Janning's 26 points not only a career-high, but also topped the Bluejays record for points in D.J. Sokol Arena. The previous high was 25 points, shared by junior Carli Tritz (1-29-12) and Kelsey Woodard (1-27-11). Janning also tied Woodard for most three-pointers made (6) and attempted in D.J. Sokol Arena.

In addition to Janning, Fujan posted 16 points. Kamphaus finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds tying career-highs in both categories. It was the first time she had reached double figures in both in the same contest.

Missouri State, meanwhile, got 12 points from Kenzie Williams and nine points by B. Snow.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 16 as the Jays host the MVC leading Wichita State Shockers in Creighton's Play4Kay Pink Game at 3:05 p.m.

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