Bluejay women's basketball falls 67-54 to Kansas

Posted at 8:58 AM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 09:58:28-05

via a Creighton Athletics press release

Despite racing out to an early 24-12 lead, the Creighton women's basketball team suffered a 67-54 loss at Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 2. 

The loss dropped the Bluejays to 4-3 on the season, while Kansas moved to 4-2 overall. 

Creighton opened the game as hot as could be, hitting five of its first nine shots from beyond the arc to build a 19-10 edge at the end of the opening period. Five different Bluejays connected from long range in the period as Creighton shared the ball with precision. 

Sophomore Jade Owens became the first Bluejay to hit two treys, knocking down a long-range bomb with 8:26 remaining to push Creighton to its largest lead of the game at 24-12. The Jayhawks answered with a three-ball from Lauren Aldridge, igniting an 18-3 run to send Kansas to halftime with a 30-27 lead. 

An early three-pointer by freshman Audrey Faber and a driving jumper from Owens got the Bluejays back even at 32-32 (7:10), but Kansas used another torrid run (18-2) to push its lead to 16 points at 50-34 with 2:57 left in the third. After sophomore Lauren Works seemed to give Creighton life with a three-ball to make it 53-41 with 10 second left in the quarter, Aldridge sank a buzzer beater from 40 feet to put an exclamation point on the turn of momentum. 

Aldridge finished with a game-high 18 points, while Kylee Kopatich added 15 for the Jayhawks. The Bluejays got 13 points from MC McGrory to lead Creighton, while Faber finished with 10 points.

Creighton returns to the floor on Sunday, Dec. 6 as the Bluejays face intrastate rival Nebraska in Lincoln at 2:00 pm.