Illinois State improved to 8-0 at home this season with a 70-57 win over the Creighton women’s basketball team Thursday night at Redbird Arena. Freshman Sarah Nelson scored a career-high 17 points, tying Kelsey Woodard for team-high honors, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor three-point shooting night for the Bluejays. Creighton went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half and finished 4-for-15 from three-point range in defeat.
The win snapped Illinois State’s three-game losing streak and marked its 10th straight home conference win as ISU improved to 11-6 overall and 3-3 in Missouri Valley Conference action. The loss was CU’s first on the MVC road this season, falling to 10-7 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.
Creighton’s only lead of the game came in the first minute when Carli Tritz scored what proved to be her only basket of the night to put the Jays ahead 2-0. From there, the Redbirds took control of the game, opening a double-digit lead less than eight minutes into the game.
The Bluejays shot just 9-of-29 (.310) from the field in the first half, as their 18 points marked their lowest scoring half of the season. Creighton went 0-for-5 from three-point range and didn’t attempt a free throw in the first half. ISU went 3-for-6 from three-point range in building its halftime lead.
Sarah Nelson scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half, making 7-of-10 field goals and 2-of-3 three-pointers in just 14 minutes of play. The rookie also topped the team with five rebounds, as CU tied its season-low with 26 boards. Woodard scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, including a 4-for-4 night at the free throw line.
Creighton will look to bounce back from its first MVC road loss of the year when it plays at Indiana State (9-8, 3-3 MVC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CST).
Story courtesy of CU athletics