UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The Creighton women’s basketball team battled second-seeded Marquette to the wire but fell 64-59 in the semifinals of the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, March 7th.
CU trailed 60-54 with 1:13 left before DeArica Pryor’s driving lay-up brought CU within four. On its next trip, freshman Jayme Horan’s three-pointer from the top of the key with 28.8 seconds left trimmed MU’s lead to 60-59.
Creighton still had three fouls to give after Horan’s basket and used the next 12 seconds to take those. The Bluejays would send Selena Lott to the line with 13.6 left. An 83 percent shooter, Lott missed her second attempt and the Jays secured the rebound with 11.9 left. Down 61-59, Jim Flanery used his final timeout to draw up a play.
An entry pass to the post was knocked away by Marquette as three players crashed the floor to dive for the loose ball, but Marquette owned the arrow after the held ball and claimed possession with 7.5 seconds left.
Van Kleunen was fouled with 6.6 seconds left, and the 69.6 percent free throw shooter connected on both to make it a two-possession game. Pryor’s three-pointer in transition missed and the Van Kleunen iced the game with another free throw.
Temi Carda played all 40 minutes and led Creighton in scoring for a fourth straight game with 14 points. Pryor contributed a career-high 13 points and Ronsiek chipped in 11 points. The Bluejays owned a 36-28 lead on the glass.
Lott led Marquette with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The Golden Eagles turned 12 Bluejay turnovers into 21 points and held a 14-4 edge in fast break points.
With the victory, Marquette will advance to Monday’s title game vs. top-seeded and top-ranked Connecticut that starts at 7 p.m. Central.