After a 72-65 win over Bowling Green in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, the Bluejays dropped a 64-63 decision to Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon to close the season.
Friday afternoon’s victory was powered by a double-double from sophomore guard Carly Bachelor.
She provided 20 points and 13 rebounds in the win, each being career-highs, an impact coach Jim Flanery knew she was capable of showing.
“She was outstanding and rebounded the heck out of the ball and had some really strong putbacks so I’m happy for her,” Flanery said.
Bachelor’s performance was essential as the Jays played without freshman guard Emma Ronsiek.
The Bluejays gave up 20 turnovers, something Flanery said was something they had to turn around in the second half.
“I didn’t think we were necessarily ready for what they did defensively,” Flanery said. “We had nine turnovers in the first quarter and at half I said we had been outscored 20-2 in points off turnovers, and we were ahead so I said if we do a little better job of taking care of the ball we’re gonna be in great shape.”
Senior guard Temi Carda added 19 points while freshman guard Morgan Maloy contributed 11 in the first round.
For Flanery, this was the 11th trip to the WNIT since joining the Creighton program.
“My experience with the NIT is that first game might be a little tough to get up for, but once you win a game – we’re competitors as players and coaches,” Flanery said.
With the win, Creighton advanced in the WNIT’s winner’s bracket to play Northern Iowa where a go-ahead layup by the Panthers with four seconds left sealed the win.
The back-and-forth contest featured a second consecutive 19-point performance from Carda.
Senior Tatum Rembao added 14.
The Bluejays outrebounded on the defensive end with 30, but had only three offensive boards and produced 19 turnovers.
Creighton ended the season 10-12.
Looking toward next season, the Bluejays return a majority of their roster, including young talent that Flanery and his coaching staff relied on throughout the season as they faced injuries.