The Creighton women’s basketball season came to an end Thursday night with an 89-63 loss to Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Carli Tritz led the Bluejays with 14 points and DaNae Moore scored a career-high 11 points, but the Jays couldn’t overcome the hot-shooting of the Wildcats. Northwestern knocked down 10-of-19 three-pointers and shot 55.2 percent from the field in the 26-point win.
The loss, Creighton’s fifth straight, ends its season at 18-13, while the Wildcats improved to 19-13 on the season and a perfect 9-0 at home in non-conference play.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game, scoring the first four points en route to a 13-4 opening run in the game’s first 3:06. The Wildcats led 42-27 at the half, closing the half on a 16-4 run. NU shot better than 51 percent from the field and made 4-of-6 threes in the first half.
Creighton could get no closer than 12 points in the second half, as the Wildcats continued their hot shooting, going nearly 60 percent in the second half. The Wildcats became the first team since Wichita State
Tritz scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, making 6-of-13 shots from the field in the game. Moore scored in double figures for the first time in her career, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds. Sam Schuett, Kelsey Woodard and Kellie Nelson played in their final game Thursday night, with Woodard tying Megan Neuvirth’s school record with 130 games played. The Jays will return nine players and bring in two scholarship freshmen for the 2011-12 season.