Washington, D.C. — A furious finish came up just short as the Creighton women’s basketball team fell at Georgetown on Friday, Feb. 23, 70-67.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 17-10 on the season and 11-6 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown moved to 13-14 overall and 8-9 in conference action.
Creighton came out hot as the Bluejays hit four of its first six from long range to blast off to a 12-0 edge (6:46). Following a timeout, Georgetown began to chip away, but Creighton held an 18-9 lead with 4:09 left in the opening frame. The Bluejays, however, went cold over the final four minutes, allowing the Hoyas to snatch the lead with a 12-1 run.
Down 20-19 at the start of the second, senior Sydney Lamberty continued to splash buckets from long range, knotting the game at 22-22 (8:29). The second quarter, however, belonged to the Hoyas as Georgetown surged out to a 39-27 edge with 2:03 left in the half. Creighton closed the period with a trey from senior Myah Mellman, two free throws by sophomore Olivia Elgerand another three-ball, this time from junior Audrey Faber.
At the half the Bluejays had sank 10 three-pointers, but trailed 39-35.
A seesaw third quarter brought the Bluejays within a point at 39-38 on another trey by Mellman, however each time Creighton crept within striking distance the Hoyas answered. Georgetown refused to yield the lead in the period, taking a 55-49 lead to the fourth.
The final frame saw Georgetown push its advantage to as much as 16 at 70-54 with 3:41 left, but the Bluejays had one more run in them. Creighton closed the game with 13 straight points, started by back-to-back threes from Elger. A Bluejay steal led to a breakaway layup for sophomore Jaylyn Agnew, then a layup from Elger with nine seconds remaining made it 70-64. Creighton forced a Hoyas turnover and got a three-pointer from Faber, but just two seconds remained as the Hoyas escaped with the win.
Elger and Faber led Creighton with 16 and 15 points respectively, while Georgetown got 18 points from Cynthia Petke.
The Bluejays close out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 25 as Creighton battles Villanova at 1:00 pm (CT).