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The 2021-22 Bluejays women’s basketball team poses for a picture with the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team after a closed scrimmage in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday.

Even in a strange, COVID-19 disrupted season, the Creighton women’s basketball team still found a way to finish their 2020- 2021 season strong with an appearance in the Big East tournament semifinals, something the program hopes to build on for this year.

“What stood out to me about last year was our resiliency,” head coach Jim Flanery said. “We had so many obstacles, but we finished strong and created momentum for this year.”

Tasked with leading this charge will be senior guard Tatum Rembao, a starter when healthy on last year’s squad and someone who sees her role more as a leader before anything else.

“I know that I have to be a leader this year and for me that means creating relationships and trust with both my teammates and coaches,” Rembao said.

This leadership will become even more important to this year’s squad as they attempt to replace their top scorer and senior leader from last year, Temi Carda.

Rembao, however, will not be alone in this as the Jays will also return their impact post presence in Emma Ronsiek, a sophomore forward who averaged 11.6 points per game last year, earning her a spot on the Big East All-Freshman team.

“Emma is a really versatile big for us,” Flanery said. “She was great last year and I am very excited to see what she can do with her first year under her belt.”

In addition to these two playmakers, the Jays will also be counting on help from their newest addition, sophomore guard Lauren Jensen.

Jensen, a transfer from Iowa who appeared in 17 games last year for the Hawkeyes, has found the transition to Creighton relatively easy, something she attributes to her new teammates and coaches.

“Ever since I got here in June the coaches and players have helped me with whatever I needed, both on and off the court, which has helped me get more comfortable and ready for the year,” Jensen said.

The team was picked to finish sixth in the conference, their same finish last year, but it is this ease of transition for Jensen, coupled with returning senior leadership and talent, that has the Jays excited and ready to improve on their finish from last year.

“We want to make the NCAA tournament,” Rembao said. “We have the pieces and now we just need to trust ourselves and coaches.”

The Jays were ranked in the middle of the pack at sixth in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, in a conference that is loaded this year with other NCAA tournament contending teams and national title favorites, such as UConn.

The Jays will open their season next Wednesday at Drake with a 6 p.m. tip.

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