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Nebraska women fall to Penn State; Creighton rallies past Drake

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Lindsey Moore scored 23 points in her final home game at Nebraska. Lindsey Moore scored 23 points in her final home game at Nebraska.

Maggie Lucas scored 34 points to lead seventh-ranked Penn State to an 82-67 victory over No. 20 Nebraska on Sunday, clinching the Lady Lions' second straight outright Big Ten championship and ending the Cornhuskers' 10-game win streak.

Lucas made a career-high eight 3-pointers, with four of them coming in a bunch to help the Lady Lions stretch their lead in the first half and three more keeping the Huskers at bay early in the second.

Penn State (24-4, 14-2) improved to 6-1 against ranked opponents and secured its best conference record since going 15-1 in 2003-04.

The Huskers (22-7, 12-4) were playing their last game at the Devaney Center, their home for 37 seasons. They move into a new downtown arena next season.

Alex Bentley scored 13 points and Mia Nickson and Nikkie Greene 10 apiece for Penn State.

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Omaha, Neb. - Freshman Marissa Janning broke her own arena record with 29 points to lead the Jays to a 67-66 win over Drake on Sunday, March 3.

With the win the Jays moved to 21-6 overall and 13-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).  Drake, meanwhile, fell to 9-18 and 4-12 in Valley play.

Down 39-30 early in the second half, Janning took the game over with 23 of the Jays 37 points in the period.  Janning began the climb back with a 12-footer from the left wing, igniting a 9-2 Creighton run. 

Following a Bulldog bucket, senior Ally Jensen delivered a pull-up jumper just inside the paint to make it 41-34.  After a Drake turnover, Janning made one-of-two from the charity stripe, then sophomore Alexis Akin-Otiko connected on a layup.  One more defensive stop led to driving layup by Janning to pull the Jays within two at 41-39 with 15:33 remaining.

After three straight by the Bulldogs extended the deficit to 44-39, Janning drilled a three-ball from the right wing and tossed in another driving layup from the left to knot the game at 44-44. 

The two teams battled back and forth of the next ten minutes, Drake clinging to a slim 60-59 edge with 3:28 remaining. 

Creighton seized control behind a 6-0 run, courtesy of a layup from junior Sarah Nelson and two buckets by Janning, to take a 65-60 lead with 1:06 left.  Moments later, Janning sealed the win with two free throws with 35 seconds remaining.

The opening period saw the Bluejays jump out to an early 9-3 lead on trifectas from Janning (two) and A. Jensen.  Drake, however controlled the period, shooting 14-of-26 from the field (53%) to take a 37-30 lead into halftime.

Janning's 29 points is a career-high, eclipsing the D.J. Sokol Arena record for a Bluejay that she set with 26 points on Feb. 14.   Junior McKenzie Fujan posted 11 points and tied a career-high with six assists.

Drake got 18 points from Kyndal Clark and a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by Morgan Reid in the loss.

Creighton returns to the court on Thursday, March 7 as the Jays host  Evansville at 7:05 p.m.

Courtesy: Creighton University

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