TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State’s Hulman Center has been a house of horrors this week for Creighton’s basketball teams.
Two days after the Sycamores men’s team handed the Bluejays their worst loss of the season, the Indiana State women administered a similar beating Friday to Creighton.
The Bluejays shot a season-low 22.8 percent from the field in the 58-41 loss and recorded their lowest point total since the opening game of the 2010-11 season. Creighton, which came into the game leading the nation in 3-pointers per game, made 5 of 27 shots (18.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
“We obviously couldn’t throw it into the ocean tonight, but credit Indiana State,” Creighton coach Jim Flanery said. “They guarded well. They also kicked us on the glass, and that’s not a good combination.”
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and dropped the Bluejays to 16-5 and 8-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State improved to 13-8 and evened its league record at 5-5.
The Sycamores came into the game 28th nationally in scoring defense, and they were at their best in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
The Bluejays had used an 8-0 spurt to take a 12-10 lead with 10:10 remaining, but didn’t make another field goal the rest of the half. Marissa Janning’s two free throws with 10 seconds left in the half snapped an 18-0 Indiana State run, leaving Creighton trailing 28-14 at the break.
The Bluejays couldn’t get closer than 10 points in the second half as their cold shooting continued. Janning led Creighton with 15 points but made just 5 of 14 shots. Sarah Nelson, the Bluejays’ leading scorer this season, was held to half her average in scoring six points while making 1 of 8 shots.
Racheal Mahan and Taylor Whitley led Indiana State with 14 points apiece, while Mariana Laramie added 10.
Creighton dropped two games behind league-leading Wichita State, which improved to 10-0 in the Valley with a 57-47 win Friday against Northern Iowa.
The Bluejays will try to bounce back Sunday when they visit Illinois State for a 2 p.m. game.