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Creighton Women rally to beat Hoyas in final seconds

Creighton Women rally to beat Hoyas in final seconds

Washington, D.C. — Down 41-35 with 1:33 remaining, Creighton women’s basketball closed the game on a 7-0 run to escape the nation’s capital with a 42-41 win on Monday, Feb. 15.

The win pushed Creighton to 6-8 on the season and 5-5 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown fell to 1-11 overall and 1-11 in conference action.

The final 93 seconds saw the Bluejays turn to freshman Morgan Maly and senior Temi Carda. Maly halved Creighton’s deficit with a trey from the right wing with 1:22 left, then Carda got to the foul line for a pair of free throws with 22 seconds on the clock.

With just one team foul, the Bluejays needed to be aggressive to extend the game. Georgetown began its possession by using a timeout to advance the ball, then Creighton committed a pair of fouls, resulting in another timeout by the Hoyas. Coming out of the break Creighton forced a held ball, but the possession arrow pointed Georgetown’s way. With Georgetown inbounding the ball a fourth time, Creighton committed its fourth foul. The fifth Hoyas inbound attempt, yielded another held ball to give Creighton possession with 7.9 seconds remaining.

Trailing 41-40, head coach Jim Flanery drew up a fake handoff from Carda to the left. The Minnesota native spun to the right and drove to the basket. Carda was fouled by Georgetown’s Jazmyn Harmon, getting to the line for the game-winning free throws.

Creighton finished the game 9-of-28 (32.1%) from beyond the arc in the game, but just 3-for-19 (15.8%) from two-point range.

Early in the game the Bluejays’ moniker “Let if Fly” kept Creighton alive. The Bluejays’ first six made field goals all came from long range, with a different player connecting each time. Georgetown, meanwhile, also struggled from the field (6-of-24 in the opening half) as Creighton held a 22-20 lead at the break.

Overall Carda led Creighton with 13 points in the contest, while Maly finished with 11 points. Georgetown got a game-high 17 points from Milan Bolden-Morris.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 20 at DePaul. The game is scheduled to tip at 1:00 pm

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