Jays get first win in Lincoln since 1993 as small lineup causes fits

Jays get first win in Lincoln since 1993 as small lineup causes fits
Creighton's Temi Carda takes a shot during Creighton's 64-49 victory Sunday. (World-Herald News Service)

LINCOLN — Ask Creighton coach Jim Flanery about his team’s last road win against Nebraska, and he is quick to rattle off some impressive stats from the 1993 contest.

Flanery, in his second year in his second stint as an assistant at CU then, correctly recalled the final score (97-64) and added that Kris Kugel went 10 of 12 and the team shot 63 percent from the floor.

The Bluejays updated the history books with their first win in Lincoln in 24 years, a 64-49 victory Sunday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

“It’s been a long time since we won here, so you have to hold on to it,” Flanery said.

In the future, perhaps Flanery will be dropping Jaylyn Agnew’s stat line when recalling the 2017 version of the in-state rivalry.

The sophomore forward went 6 for 9 from 3-point range with 20 points and nine rebounds.

CU (2-1) used a small lineup that featured junior Audrey Faber, who is 6-foot-2, at center to create mismatches.

Flanery said when they go small, they try to find the person being guarded by the center and let them be the focal point of the offense. Against Nebraska, that was often Faber, who made NU pay with 14 points and eight assists.

“When we are small, the potential for (Faber) to wear down and give up some stuff in the paint is greater than with our 5s,” he said. “But we are also harder to guard when we downsize.”

Creighton started hot. It used an 11-0 run to break from a 4-4 tie.

The Huskers (3-1) closed to 21-18 with 3:36 left in the second quarter before Agnew connected on a pair a 3-pointers. Faber added a pair of free throws and another 3 to send the Jays into the locker room with a 14-point lead.

“Creighton is a bit of a mismatch for us,” NU coach Amy Williams said of the Jays’ small lineup. “They did a good job of pushing us out spacing in the low block (on offense) and making us pay. We did not do a good job with our bigs of getting out to defend the 3-point line.”

The Huskers’ offensive struggles peaked in the second quarter. NU committed six turnovers in the final five minutes of the half, including a three-second call and two offensive fouls. The Huskers tried to close the half on a positive note, but a low pass bounced off Emily Wood’s shoes and out of bounds with a second left.

“We didn’t handle adversity very well tonight,” Williams said. “Creighton did a nice job of coming in here and taking us out of what we wanted to do. It was a tough offensive night for our team.”

Hannah Whitish scored 12 of her team-high 14 points after halftime as she tried to spark NU’s offense. But the Huskers finished shooting 32.7 percent from the floor after going 7 for 28 in the first half.

“We didn’t have the pace we wanted to start the game, and it didn’t change in the second half either,” Whitish said.

Creighton (2-1)………15 17 18 14—64

At Nebraska (3-1)…….10     8 17 14—49

CU: Agnew 7-11 0-0 20, Greene 1-3 0-0 2, Faber 5-15 2-2 14, Lamberty 3-9 0-0 7, Mellman 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Rembao 3-5 0-0 7, Carda 3-9 1-1 8, Kissinger 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 3-3 64.

NU: Kissinger 2-9 0-0 5, Mitchell 3-6 1-2 7, Cain 3-7 0-0 6, Whitish 5-10 2-4 14, Cincore 1-7 1-2 3, Washington 1-2 1-2 3, Blackburn 1-1 2-4 4, Eliely 1-7 2-2 4, Wood 1-2 0-0 3, Stallworth 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 9-16 49.

3-point goals: CU 11-27 (Agnew 6-9, Faber 2-6, Lamberty 1-1, Mellman 0-1, Rembao 1-2, Carda 1-6, Kissinger 0-2), NU 4-12 (Kissinger 1-3, Whitish 2-3, Cincore 0-3, Eliely 0-1, Wood 1-1, Stallworth 0-1). Rebounds: CU 39 (Agnew 9), NU 38 (Mitchell, Eliely 5). Assists: CU 16 (Faber 8), NU 11 (Kissinger, Wood 3). Total fouls: CU 15, NU 11. Fouled out: None. A: 9,750.

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