Late run sends No. 21 Creighton past No. 23 South Dakota State women
SDSU had a 25-16 lead early in the second quarter but Creighton battled back to close the gap to 36-33 by halftime and overtook SDSU for good early in the third quarter
BROOKINGS — After being tied at 64 with 6 minutes left, 21st-ranked Creighton put together a 9-0 run over the next 4:49 to salt away a road victory over No. 23 South Dakota State in a battle of the region's best women's basketball teams on Monday night in a 78-69 Bluejay win in front of 2,504 fans at Frost Arena.
Lauren Jensen has 30 points for Creighton — which reached last season's Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament — while Morgan Maly had 13 points and Molly Moogensen had nine points for Creighton, which shot 53.6% in the second half and finished the game 7-for-15 on 3-point shots.
Myah Selland had a team-high 22 points for SDSU on 7-for-15 shooting, as Brooklyn Meyer had 12 points and Ellie Colbeck had 10 points in their SDSU debuts as freshmen. Haleigh Timmer added 10 points. The Jackrabbits finished 5-for-21 on 3-pointers in the game and shot nearly 45% from the field as a team.
SDSU had a 25-16 lead early in the second quarter but Creighton battled back to close the gap to 36-33 by halftime and overtook SDSU for good early in the third quarter in a contest that had eight ties and six lead changes.
SDSU (0-1) will host Lehigh at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 in Brookings. Creighton plays at South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 10 in Vermillion.