Junior guard MC McGrory scored 23 points and the seventh-seeded Creighton women’s basketball team defeated third-seeded Seton Hall 77-56 to advance to Tuesday’s Big East Tournament championship game.
The Bluejays victory against the Pirates on Monday marked their third victory in three days at the 2016 Big East Tournament in Chicago.
Creighton (17-16) is the first No. 7 seed to reach the championship game since 2008.
The Bluejays will face fourth-seeded St. John’s at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.
Sophomore guard Jade Owens added 16 points as Creighton defeated Seton Hall for its fourth consecutive win.
Owens and McGrory combined to shoot 71 percent from the field (15 of 21) as the Bluejays shot 51.9 percent overall, including 57.7 percent in the second half.
McGrory scored seven first-quarter points and the Jays held Seton Hall to eight total points.
The Edina, Minnesota native extended Creighton’s advantage to nine points, 17-8, early in the second quarter, but the Pirates scratched their way back.
Seton Hall (23-8) trailed by only four at the midway point of the second quarter before the Bluejays scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 29-21 lead.
Creighton used a 12-2 run to build a 41-23 advantage during the third quarter and Seton Hall did not get closer than seven during the second half.
The Bluejays held the Pirates to 35.5 percent shooting and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc (2 of 15).
Shaneka Richardson led Seton Hall with a 20-point performance.
Creighton lost its first two games against Seton Hall during the regular season. The Bluejays fell by only four and six points in the first two meetings, but allowed an average of 81.5 points per game.
Creighton held the Pirates to their second-lowest point total of the season on Monday. Seton Hall averaged 73.8 points per game entering the semifinal contest.
The Bluejays held a 38-29 rebounding edge outscored the Pirates 11-0 in second-chance points.
Creighton defeated 10th-seeded Providence 70-53 on Saturday and second-seeded Villanova 57-48 on Sunday to advance to Monday’s semifinal matchup against Seton Hall.
McGrory averaged 19.3 points per game during the first three of the tournament, leading the Jays in scoring against Villanova and Seton Hall.
St. John’s (22-9) enters Tuesday’s final following a 75-66 victory over top-seeded DePaul on Monday night.
Big East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big East First Team selection Aliyyah Handford scored 18 second-half points and 23 total to lead the Red Storm.
Fellow All-Big East First Team Danejah Grant added 22 points and had 10 rebounds.
The pair combined for 33 of St. John's 47 second-half points.
St. John’s averages 67.5 points per game while Grant (19.7) and Handford (16.9) combine for 36.6 per contest.
The Bluejays and Red Storm split a pair of games during the regular season. St. John’s defeated Creighton 66-55 in Omaha on Dec. 29 in the first conference game of the season and the Bluejays won in New York 64-57 on the final day of the regular season.