Creighton Dominates Nebraska in Top-25 Showdown

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A sell-out crowd turned out for a domestic price war between two top 25 women’s basketball teams.

The record of 2,306 fans in the Sokol Arena had to agree: Creighton has it all.

In a 77-51 win by Nebraska, the No. 20 Bluejays (3-0) look just like the Elite Eight team they became last year while the No. 22 Huskers were knocked down in the middle minutes of the first half and never got back on their feet, conceding 18 turnovers and shooting just 27.8% from the 3-point line.

CU guard Molly Mogensen posted a career-high 19 points in the first half and finished the game with 22 points. Morgan Maly and Carly Bachelor added 16 and 15 points, respectively. Nebraska was led by point guard Jaz Shelley with 14 points and forward Alexis Markowski, who scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against a Creighton defense that choked them at every turn.

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The win continued an impressive run earlier in the season for the Bluejays, who won games at South Dakota State and South Dakota last week and then held a frantic clinic against their rivals.

Creighton opened the scoring with a short Mogensen jump and never fell behind. Jensen hit a 3-pointer to give CU a 7-2 lead, and Mogensen hit a five to end the first quarter at 13-6. Nebraska had six turnovers — including three traveling calls — in the first ten minutes and struggled to hit shots over the Bluejays or go around them at close range.

CU, on the other hand, had little trouble maneuvering within the 3-point arc. The Jays hit NU with backcuts to the hoop, made mid-range jumps with small kick finishes, and after softening Nebraska’s center defense hit open 3-pointers.

Mogensen did all that and then some in the second quarter as she scored ten points and dealt an assist as Creighton led 45-28 at halftime. NU committed 11 turnovers and shot 35.7% in the first 20 minutes.

Creighton extended their lead to as much as 23 in the third as Maly and Mogensen hit back-to-back 3s, but NU finished the quarter on a 6-0 run when Mogensen appeared to develop a leg cramp and required the coach’s attention. CU forward Jayme Horan ended any Husker comeback hopes with a long 3-pointer from the right wing. While NU won the rebound fight, loose balls were the domain of the team in blue.

A 34-second ball possession proved it. CU missed two shots – including a fadeaway jumper from Maly. But three different Jays saved Maly’s miss from going wide and possession eventually turned into a Jensen 3 pointer.

NU coach Amy Williams raged through her own team’s basket 19 seconds later at the end of that game. As Nebraska raced back down the floor, Williams vented her frustration.

“GET A REBOUND!” she screamed.