Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State women’s basketball drops opener to Creighton

Creighton made 8 of its 11 third-quarter three-point shots on Friday afternoon to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a blowout, beating Wichita State 79-54 in a women’s college basketball opener in Omaha.

Forward Jyar Francis had 15 points to lead Wichita State, making 5 of 10 shots with a team-leading eight rebounds. Reserve guard Marija Pacar had 14 points, including 3 of 5 from the three-point line.

WSU shot nearly 50 percent in the first half for a 28-27 lead. But Creighton’s three-point shooters got hot in the third 10-minute quarter, outscoring the Shockers 24-5 in the period. In all, Creighton went on a 33-3 run to take control.

Creighton followed with a 4-for-7 fourth quarter from the arc to shoot 66.7 percent from that distance in the second half.

Audrey Faber had 14 points to lead Creighton, which had four players make at least two three-pointers. Creighton’s bench outscored WSU’s 41-14.

WSU plays its home opener against Missouri at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Koch Arena.

Wichita St.

14

14

5

21

54

Creighton

13

14

24

28

79

WICHITA ST. (0-1): Francis 5-10 4-9 15, Chapel 3-8 2-2 9, Lockhart 3-6 0-0 6, Martin 3-4 0-0 6, Stovall 1-7 2-2 4, Pacar 3-5 5-6 14, Mike 0-1 0-0 0, Lehne 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-43 13-21 54.

CREIGHTON (1-0): McGrory 4-5 3-4 12, Lamberty 4-10 2-2 12, Works 4-4 0-0 11, Janning 1-10 1-2 3, Norby 0-0 0-0 0, Faber 4-8 2-2 14, Rollerson 3-3 2-2 8, Greene 2-3 3-3 7, Mellman 2-3 0-0 6, Owens 1-2 0-0 2, Leytem 0-0 2-2 2, Brown 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-50 15-17 79.

Three-point shooting – WSU 5-13 (Pacar 3-5, Chapel 1-1, Francis 1-5, Lehne 0-1, Stovall 0-3), Creighton 12-24 (Faber 4-7, Works 3-3, Mellman 2-3, Lamberty 2-4, McGrory 1-2, Owens 0-1, Janning 0-4). Rebounds – WSU 25 (Francis 8), Creighton 28 (Rollerson 5). Assists – WSU 12 (Stovall 5), Creighton 22 (Janning 9). Blocks –WSU 3 (Martin 3), Creighton 3 (Brown, Faber, Janning). Steals – WSU 2 (Francis, Chapel), Creighton 4 (Lamberty, Works, Janning, Leytem). Turnovers – WSU 13 (Lockhart 5), Creighton 9 (Janning 4). Fouls – WSU 15, Creighton 19. Fouled out – None. A – 1,071.

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