Wichita, Kan. — Paced by a program-record 18 treys, including six from Wichita native Jaylyn Agnew, the Creighton women’s basketball squad defeated Wichita State 83-71 on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The win evened Creighton’s record at 4-4 on the season, while the Shockers moved to 5-4 overall.
The Bluejays came out firing from the jump, launching 15 three-pointers in the opening quarter. Creighton trailed 5-2 when senior Brook Kissinger connected for the first of 18 from long range. Kissinger’s trifecta started an 18-5 run over the final eight minutes of the opening quarter. During the Bluejay run five different Bluejays found the bottom of the net from long range, led by two triples from Agnew. The final bucket of the quarter belonged to freshman Rachael Saunders to give Creighton a 20-10 lead after ten minutes.
Wichita State tried to mount a comeback with consecutive buckets to open the second, but senior Audrey Faber answered with a pair of three-balls to extend Creighton advantage to 26-14 (6:50). The Bluejays went on to knock down 13 from beyond the arc in the opening half, capped by a trey from freshman Payton Brotzki to make it 44-27 with 1:32 left in the first half. The Shockers, however, delivered the final six points before half to grab some momentum as Creighton took a 44-33 edge into the locker room.
Wichita State ramped up its pressure in the third quarter scoring the first four points to close the contest to 44-37 (8:28). Armed with renewed confidence, the Shockers continued to close on Creighton throughout the third, eventually taking the lead at 57-56 on a short jumper from Seraphine Bastin with 1:11 left. In the closing seconds Faber got to the foul line to knot the game at 57-57 heading to the fourth.
The Bluejays scored on their opening two possessions of the fourth, getting a driving layup from Agnew and a corner trey from sophomore Tatum Rembao. Wichita State refused to fold as Creighton’s lead was just 67-64 with 6:36 left.
Agnew rose up from just left of top of the key to make it 70-64 (6:07), igniting a 13-3 Creighton run over the next 4:26. Carda followed Agnew’s trey with a running jumper that touched the backboard, the front of the rim then finally fell. After a Shocker three-pointer from Alyssia Faye, Carda connected on a pair of free throws to make it 74-67 (3:16).
Creighton put the game away with its next two possessions as Agnew tied the program record with the Bluejays’ 17th trey, then Carda raised the bar to make it 80-67 (1:41).
Agnew finished with a game-high 22 points and seven assists, while Carda and Faber closed in double figures with 16 and 14 points respectively.
Wichta State got a team-high 17 points from Shyia Smith, while Faye closed the game with 15 points.
Creighton returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 16 as the Bluejays face Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida at 1:00 pm (CT).