December 21, 2014

Lamberty wins freshman honor again in the Big East

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Freshman Sydney Lamberty liked being the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week so much, she decided to keep the title a second week.  Lamberty earned the honor for the second consecutive week on Monday, Dec. 15.

Lamberty averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a 2-1 week for the Bluejays, with the lone setback being a narrow 60-57 loss to nationally ranked Nebraska.  The rookie started all three games for Creighton, with her 14 points, 11 rebounds against Northern Iowa being team highs. Lamberty’s assist average led the Bluejays last week, while her rebounding mark was tied for the lead and her point total ranked third. She shot .441 from the floor, including a .400 clip from deep. She is the first player this season to be named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks.

Freshman leaves Yori’s basketball program

Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori announced Tuesday that freshman Kaylee Page has left the program.  Page, who averaged 5.6 minutes in five games for the Huskers, played four first-half minutes at Alabama Sunday. She scored the only two points of her career in 11 minutes in Nebraska’s win over Alcorn State on Nov. 16.

“We understand that young people will go through some tough times in their growth toward maturity,” Yori said. “The transition into college is often difficult for student-athletes and their parents. In our program, we encourage our student-athletes to trust the process and work hard to improve each day, and good things will happen.”

Yori said Nebraska has released Kaylee Page from her scholarship and also released her younger sister, Lanie, from her National Letter of Intent, at the Pages’ request.

Creighton wins their 24th at home needing double OT

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The Creighton Men’s Basketball team improved to 8-2 with its 24th straight home win, rallying for a 91-88 victory in double-overtime over South Dakota on Tuesday night.  The Bluejays led by nine with 2:59 left in regulation, but USD scored on six straight possessions, including a three-pointer by Tyler Larson at the final horn.

Creighton would rebuild its lead in overtime, going ahead 74-67 with 3:05 left. Another Larson trey trimmed the deficit to four, and a three-point play by Brandon Bos cut CU’s lead to 74-73 with 2:06 left. Austin Chatman scored with just under a minute left to put CU up three, only to see Trey Norris sink a trifecta with 34.2 seconds left. Creighton would hold the ball for the last shot, only to see Chatman’s jumper bounce off the rim.

In the second overtime, two free throws by Larson with 3:12 left gave USD its first lead since the 7:51 mark of the second half. Once again Milliken stepped up, sinking a three-pointer to put CU up two and then driving for a lay-up with 1:56 to play as Creighton took a four-point lead.

After Bos made two free throws with 1:38 left, Milliken drained yet another triple to give CU a five-point lead. Avery Dingman split two free throws with 24.7 left, and Creighton held off the Coyotes.

Creighton rallies from down 17 to tip Northern Iowa

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Sydney Lamberty (photo/

Trailing 36-20 at halftime, freshman Sydney Lamberty led the Creighton women’s basketball team back with her first career double-double to claim a 58-56 win at Northern Iowa on Monday.  She finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Bluejays rallied to improve to 4-4 on the season.

After a bucket to open the second half, Northern Iowa pushed the lead to 39-22, but that’s when the Bluejays’ woke up. Lamberty got Creighton going with its first three of the ballgame, then Owens converted back-to-back running jumpers to pull the Bluejays within 10 at 39-29 (14:39). Creighton’s run continued as sophomore Brianna Rollerson scored, then Lamberty made one of two from the line to make it 39-32 (13:14).

The Bluejays made the final push down 56-50 with just under four minutes to play, scoring the final eight points of the game.

Lamberty led Creighton with 14 points and 11 rebounds, including 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half, to record her first double-double as a Bluejay. Alex Akin-Otiko finished with 10 points, while Marissa Janning and Jade Owens each had nine points.



Creighton comes back from 10-point deficit to beat Nebraska

Terran Petteway shoots over a Creighton defender.  (photo/

Terran Petteway shoots over a Creighton defender. (photo/

The Creighton men’s basketball team handed Nebraska just its second home loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena, overcoming a double-digit deficit to post a 65-55 victory before 15,782 fans on Sunday.  Creighton’s win was its fourth in a row in the series, all by double-figures, and 13th in the last 16 regular-season meetings over its I-80 rival.

Despite a game-high 21 points from Terran Petteway, the Husker men’s basketball team saw its 12-game home win streak snapped.

Petteway finished with 21 points, but no other Husker finished in double figures, as Nebraska (5-2) struggled offensively in taking its first home loss since January. NU shot just 38 percent, including 6-of-23 from 3-point range, as Creighton overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to hand the Huskers their first home non-conference loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Austin Chatman led Creighton (7-2) with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Isaiah Zierden added 13 points and five rebounds off the bench for the winners. The Bluejays shot 47 percent, a season high for a Husker opponent, including 10-of-23 from long range, and out-rebounded Nebraska, 36-33.

Creighton returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts South Dakota in a game that tips at 8:15 pm.  Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts Incarnate Word at 7 p.m.