Category: Bluejays

Doug McDermott turned in a double-double with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds as visiting Creighton (23-7, 12-5 MVC) spoiled the Bradley’s Senior Night with an 80-62 victory Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 7,730 fans. All four Bradley seniors – Jake EastmanWill EgolfMilos Knezevic and Dyricus Simms-Edwards - started the game for the Braves (16-14, 7-10 MVC), helping the home team to a quick 4-0 lead. The Braves still were within 42-40 following a Simms-Edwards 3-pointer with 16:01 remaining before the Bluejays launched a 31-6 run in a span of 8-minutes, 52-seconds that broke the game open. Walt Lemon, Jr. paced Bradley with 17 points and Egolf added 11.  Simms-Edwards had nine points and his two steals pushed his season total to 83, tying Willie Scott’s single-season school record set in 1982-83.

-Bob

Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton entered Saturday’s game leading the nation in three-point field goals and the Bluejays connected on 13 triples in an 83-65 victory against Bradley Saturday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum to spoil the Braves annual “pink” game. For the second consecutive game, sophomore Michelle Young had a career-high in points, finishing with 19 points to go with four assists and four steals to lead the Braves. Senior Katie Yohn added 15 points, four assists and three steals, while fellow senior Brooke Bisping chipped in with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Bradley (11-14 overall, 5-9 MVC) pulled even with Creighton early on at 7-7, before going seven minutes without a field goal. The Bluejays (20-6 overall, 12-3 MVC) took advantage of the drought, using an 11-2 spurt to go in front 20-11 and later stretched the advantage to 18 points (44-26) heading into the final minute of the period. Creighton led 44-28 at the half with Sarah Nelson and Alyssa Kamphaus combining for 24 points at the break. Yohn moved into ninth on Bradley’s career scoring list, passing Genny Mueller (1,269 points) with a 15-point effort.  BU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 196, Yohn now has 1,275 career points.

-Bob



No. 16 ranked Creighton (13-1, 2-0) held off a late Illinois State (9-5, 0-2) rally to beat the Redbirds 79-72 Wednesday night in Normal, IL before 8,813 fans. Bryant Allen and Tyler Brown led the way offensively for the Redbirds with 15 points apiece, while Zeke Upshaw chipped in a career-high 11 points. The ISU defense limited national player of the year candidate Doug McDermott to just 15 points, as Grant Gibbs led the Bluejays with 16. The seven-point margin of victory was the smallest this season for the preseason favorites to win the Missouri Valley Conference. With the Bluejays up 69-65 at the 5:12 mark, Brown found Jackie Carmichael for a two to bring ISU back within two, before Kaza Keane hit one free throw to make it a one-point game. That was the closest the Redbirds would get the rest of the way, as Carmichael missed a three-point attempt with the score 73-70 in the game’s final minute.

-Bob

Creighton University freshman Bri Lingl was 4-for-7 with three runs batted in, including an eighth-inning home run in the nightcap, leading the visiting Bluejays (11-10, 2-0 MVC) to a doubleheader sweep at Bradley (10-14, 0-2 MVC) in Missouri Valley Conference softball action Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. With the score tied, 1-1, the Braves had a chance to earn a walk-off win in the second game after center fielder Julie Sherman legged out a 1-out single and took second on a Jackie Roth sacrifice bunt.  Creighton pitched around catcher Bailiegh Basham, who drew five walks in the doubleheader, setting the stage for Madeline Lynch-Crumrine.  The sophomore designated player delivered with a line drive single into left field, but Creighton’s Ellen Homan fielded the ball on one hop and her throw home beat Sherman to force the extra inning. Click here for  Final Stats: Game #1 Box Score, Game #2 Box Score.

-Bob

The No. 23 Creighton Bluejays squandered all but two points of an 18-point lead but held on for an 87-78 Missouri Valley Conference victory in front of 8,771 at Redbird Arena over Illinois StateDoug McDermott led the Bluejays with 20 points, while three of his teammates also finished in double figures.Jackie Carmichael was the only other Redbird to reach double digits with 14. Illinois State shot 46.4 percent (32-69) from the field and 25 percent (8-32) from beyond the arc. Five of ISU’s three-pointers were made by Bryant Allen. Creighton shot 57.1 percent (32-56) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-18) from three-point land. Click here for the final game box score.

-Bob

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