South Orange, N.J. — Despite a late 12-2 run that knotted the game at 67-67, the Creighton women’s basketball team fell at Seton Hall 82-75 on Friday, Jan. 11.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 8-8 on the season and 2-3 in BIG EAST play, while Seton Hall moved to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Having dropped back-to-back contests last weekend, the Pirates came out with purpose in the opening moments as Seton Hall knocked down consecutive three-pointers to take a 6-0 early edge. Although the Bluejays battled back within one at 6-5, Seton Hall answered to push Creighton’s deficit out to 12-5. The Bluejays responded with five straight on a layup from junior Jaylyn Agnew and a trey by senior Jade Owens to make it 12-10. The Pirates, however, delivered the final bucket of the quarter to take a 14-10 advantage to the benches.
Seton Hall came out strong once more in the second, pushing their edge to double digits at 25-15 to force Creighton head coach Jim Flanery to use his first timeout. After Flanery’s encouragement, Agnew and the Bluejays delivered eight straight points on a pair of three-balls from Agnew and a layup from freshman Rachael Saunders. Before halftime the Pirates used a run of their own, sending the squads to the locker room with Creighton down 38-28.
A back-and-forth third quarter saw Creighton’s deficit balloon to as much as 15 at 43-28, but as the game went to the final frame the Bluejays were within striking distance at 56-49.
Down 65-55 with eight minutes left the Bluejays rattled off 12 of the next 14 points to pull even. Senior Audrey Faber got Creighton’s burst started with a trey from the left wing,followed by a running jumper at the elbow by sophomore Temi Carda to make it 65-60. Seton Hall’s Shadeem Samuels interrupted Creighton’s charge with a running layup, but Agnew answered on the other end. Moments later freshman Payton Brotzki knocked down a pair of free throws and Agnew capped the run with a trifecta to tie the contest with 5:13 remaining.
Seton Hall answered with a 9-0 run of their own to take a 76-67 edge with 1:53 left, then coasted to the win
Agnew led Creighton with 26 points, while Carda and Faber posted 17 and 14 respectively. Owens closed the game with six points and a team-best 11 rebounds. Seton Hall got a game-high 32 points and 11 boards from Samuels, while Inja Butina finished with 21 points.
The Bluejays continue their eastern road trip as Creighton faces St. John’s on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 pm (CT).