Following a two-point loss to Big East-leading DePaul and a 22-point senior day victory, the Creighton women’s basketball team travels to the Mid-Atlantic region for its final games of the regular season.
The Jays play in Washington, D.C., against Georgetown on Friday night before traveling to Pennsylvania to play Villanova on Sunday afternoon.
Creighton (16-11, 9-7 Big East) has lost only one game since Jan. 25 and enters the final weekend in sixth place in the Big East standings.
The Bluejays are one game behind a three-way tie at third place.
“We still have a lot to play for,” coach Jim Flanery said. “If we go win two, our seeding will be a lot better.”
The Georgetown Hoyas (4-24, 2-14 Big East) enter Friday’s game with a 12-game
Freshman Dorothy Adomako leads the Hoyas with 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Georgetown leads the conference in rebounding with a 43.9 per game average.
The Jays are sixth in the conference in rebounds, but are coming off of their best rebounding game of the season on Sunday. Creighton had 55 rebounds, including 19 offensive rebounds, in an 82-60 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles.
Following Sunday’s game, the Jays recognized their three seniors, Taylor Johnson, Alexis Akin-Otiko and Sammy Jensen.
“To me, that’s what you want on Senior Day,” Flanery said, “to go out and win comfortably and honor your seniors.”
Johnson made the first start of her Bluejay career on Sunday. The Platte City, Missouri, native had not played since Jan. 4 at Butler.
Johnson spent the last two seasons sidelined by separate ACL injuries and announced the end of her playing career on Jan. 7 because of her third knee injury during her time at Creighton.
Flanery approached Johnson about the opportunity to start during warmups.
Johnson admitted she hesitated at first, but her teammates encouraged her to say yes.
After the Jays missed their first three shots, Johnson scored the first five points of the game.
She finished with seven points and five rebounds in seven minutes on the court.
“It felt good to be out there one more time before it all ends,” Johnson said.
Flanery’s decision turned out to be a good one as Creighton never trailed.
“I’m glad I did it,” Flanery said. “It worked out perfectly because she kind of jump-started us both from a production standpoint and an emotional standpoint.”
The fast start helped the seniors ease their minds during their final home game.
“It was definitely difficult thinking about going into the locker room, the last time you are going to get ready for the game,” Akin-Otiko said.
“Our teammates did a really good job of just keeping it on an even tone.”
Akin-Otiko scored 17 points during her final game in Omaha.
Jensen wore street clothes during Sunday’s game. The guard suffered a leg injury during Creighton’s game against Cincinnati on Nov. 28 and sat out the next seven games. The Ames, Iowa native returned for two games on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, but suffered a further injury to her leg during practice.
“I still had a ton of fun on the bench because it was going so well and everybody was contributing,” Jensen said. “It was a great last experience in D.J. Sokol [Arena].”
DePaul ended Creighton’s six-game winning streak on Friday night. The Blue Demons held off the Bluejays for a 78-76 win.
Senior Brittany Hrynko led the Blue Demons with 33 points to set a D.J. Sokol Arena record for points by an opposing player.
Following the final two games of the regular season, the Jays have one week to prepare for the Big East Conference Tournament in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
“If winning six of our previous seven doesn’t give them hope that we can go to Chicago and win three games, I don’t know what would,” Flanery said.