Despite inching their way within three with under three minutes to go, women’s basketball dropped a 73-67 Big East matchup Sunday against Butler.
The conference loss dropped the Bluejays to a 5-4 Big East record and puts them at 13-7 on the season.
It was a strong first half for both teams and aside from an early eight-point lead in the first quarter for the Jays, the game remained close with a 37-37 score heading into the second half.
Following the break, Butler jumped out first and didn’t look back. Reaching their largest lead midway through the third quarter at 10 points, the Bulldogs held the edge over the Bluejays in most categories including a 14-6 comparison for steals and going 50% from the 3-point line compared to 38.5% from the Jays.
Junior Tatum Rembao kept her team in the game and led the Bluejays with 23 points, going 5-for-7 from behind the arc in her 36 minutes of play.
Neither team dipped far into their bench with Butler only playing seven and Creighton playing eight on the day. Plagued with injuries, the Jays’ limited roster meant four starters each tallying over 30 minutes of play. This lack of depth and young lineup also contributed to a 2-26 deficit in bench points and put rookie players in new roles.
This included freshman Carly Bachelor who made her first career Creighton start on Sunday. She put in 38 minutes on the court and rounded out with 14 points and a career and game high 12 rebounds. Following the game Bachelor was recognized for her second consecutive double-double as she was named the Big East Freshman of the Week.
Junior Temi Carda also received recognition for a spot on the weekly honor roll after putting up an average 19.5 points per game in the previous two contests.
The Bluejays now head into a three-game road trip hoping to remain positive on their conference record as they face all Big East teams.