Creighton’s three-game winning streak to start Missouri Valley Conference play came to an end in an 82-67 loss to Missouri State Saturday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena. The Lady Bears scored an opponent season-high 82 points in their win, as they jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and led by as many as 18 in snapping Creighton’s winning streak.
Missouri State converted 17 Bluejay turnovers into 29 points and out-scored the Bluejays 20-0 in fast break opportunities in the win. MSU improved to 11-4 on the season, 3-1 in Valley play, dropping the Jays to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
The Lady Bears established themselves early, grabbing seven steals and forcing nine turnovers in the opening half, as they scored 16 fast break points in the first 20 minutes to take control of the game and lead 48-36 at the half. MSU out-scored the Jays 17-3 in points off turnovers in the first half.
Missouri State claimed its largest lead of the game, up 18 with 13:49 to play in the game after a Christiana Shorter layup put the Lady Bears ahead 63-45. Creighton would slowly climb its way back into the game, drawing within eight as Chevelle Herring made 1-of-2 free-throws with 3:32 left in the game. MSU responded by scoring the game’s next six points over the next two minutes to go ahead 80-66 and claim the MVC road win.
Lacey Boshe led all players with 18 points, making her first eight shots from the field before missing her final three attempts for the Lady Bears. Shorter and Jaleshia Roberson added 16 points each, while Casey Garrison chipped in 11 points and led the Lady Bears with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Creighton was led by Sam Schuett’s 17 points, as the junior made 4-of-9 three-pointers and topped the team with three steals. Megan Neuvirth had 16 points and team-best three assists before fouling out with 4:44 left in the game. Kellie Nelson added 15 points and tied Kelsey Crites for team-high honors with seven rebounds.
Outside of Schuett, the rest of the Bluejays combined to shoot 2-of-17 (.118) from three-point range. CU shot just 34.5 percent from the field, one game after setting a school record by shooting 64 percent from the floor.
The Lady Bears scored an opponent season-high 82 points, the most points allowed by the Bluejays since surrendering 91 at Kansas on Nov. 27, 2007 and the most by a Bluejay opponent in Omaha since Wichita State scored 83 on Jan. 7, 2006. MSU shot 54.5 percent from the field, also a season-high for a Bluejay foe.
Creighton will look to rebound from just its third MVC home loss in the past three seasons when it plays at Evansville on Thursday morning. CU and UE will tip at 11:00 a.m. in Evansville.
Story courtesy of Creighton athletics.