Women’s basketball finished its four-game road series Monday, but broke its win streak with a 65-41 loss to Marquette.
The loss was the first in nearly two weeks and followed the Jays’ only win over a ranked team so far this season, which came over No. 19 DePaul in a high-scoring 83-72 affair Saturday afternoon.
After a slow start in the first quarter and being down by as many as seven points, the Jays fired back, taking the lead with a 14-point swing in a matter of minutes.
“The best thing was we just kept playing through our mistakes,” coach Jim Flanery said.
The team rode this momentum into halftime with a 42-36 lead, fending off any attempts by DePaul to retake the lead.
DePaul continued to chip away at the lead to start the second half but was stopped by senior guard Temi Carda and freshman forward Emma Ronsiek who combined for 13 points in the third quarter alone to keep the Blue Demons at bay.
Ronsiek tacked on an additional 14 points in the final frame to finish with 27 on the day, going 3-for-3 from 3-point-range. It earned her the Big East freshman player of the week honor.
“To have a freshman that brings that energy and brings that scoring mentality is something that not a lot of teams have,” Carda said of her teammate. “Emma knows that we all have a lot of confidence in her to do those things and I think that’s something and maybe the biggest thing attributes to her success.”
Carda added 18 points and eight assists in the win, and the Jays added 21 combined from freshman guard Morgan Maly and junior guard Payton Brotzki.
Despite momentum from the top-25 win, the Jays fell Monday in their fourth consecutive road match over a 10-day stretch.
The Jays found themselves in a defensive battle against the Golden Eagles, the second ranked team in the Big East.
Down 18-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Jays came back fighting in the 2nd quarter, trimming down the lead.
However, the Golden Eagles’ tough defense recorded four steals and two blocks in the second quarter kept the Jays’ down by double digits at halftime. After halftime, it was all Marquette as they continued to build on their lead with exceptional defense. Creighton finished with 22 turnovers as they fell to the Golden Eagles 65-41.
Emma Ronsiek led the Creighton scorers again with 10 points.
Despite the loss, Flanery knows it’ll be a battle when it comes to the conference tournament. “There’s not a lot of separation i think if our kids understand that if we play the right way we’re right there with anybody,” he said.
For now, they’ll focus on the final regular-season game against St. John’s tomorrow afternoon.