WASHINGTON — The combination of perseverance and perimeter shooting carried the Creighton women’s basketball team to its first Big East road victory.
The Bluejays, operating against Georgetown’s zone defense, made 12 3-pointers in a 65-63 overtime win Wednesday in front of 349 at McDonough Arena. The victory was Creighton’s third straight and improved the Bluejays to 8-6, 2-0 in conference play.
“We hung in there and found a way to win on a day where we didn’t shoot it well against 45 minutes of zone,” Creighton coach Jim Flanery said.
The Bluejays put up 43 shots from beyond the arc, making 27.9 percent of their 3-point attempts and 33.3 percent overall. But three 3-pointers came in the final 5:27, as Creighton used a 3-pointer by Sarah Nelson to send the game into overtime and then got long-range baskets from McKenzie Fujan and Marissa Janning to open overtime.
Nelson, who recorded her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, tied the game 57-57 when she buried a 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play. The Bluejays kept Georgetown from getting a final shot in regulation, then took a 63-59 lead when Fujan and Janning made perimeter shots in overtime.
On Creighton’s next possession, Janning found Alyssa Kamphaus inside, and the senior center’s lone basket proved to be the eventual winning points.
Georgetown, playing its conference opener, cut the deficit to two points and missed a potential game-tying shot with 38 seconds to play. The Hoyas dropped to 6-7 with their fourth straight loss, the last three coming by two points apiece.
Janning added 14 points for Creighton and attempted 15 of the Bluejays’ shots from 3-point range. She made four and also had six assists without a turnover.
Nelson was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 6 of 14 overall from the field. She also had two assists, a blocked shot and a steal.
Fujan chipped in nine points and Alexis Akin-Otiko had eight before fouling out.
“We’ll need to play better, for sure, but it’s a conference road win,” Flanery said.
Freshman center Natalie Butler led Georgetown with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Creighton returns home to face Big East preseason favorite DePaul in a 4:05 p.m. game Saturday.