OMAHA – The Gophers women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome 22 turnovers — 15 in the first half — in a 63-52 loss to Creighton on Saturday afternoon.
It was the Bluejays’ first victory over the Gophers in seven meetings dating to Nov. 26, 1977. Last year they blew a 20-point lead in a double-overtime loss at Williams Arena.
Sarah Nelson had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bluejays (2-1), who committed only seven turnovers. Marissa Janning, a sophomore from Watertown-Mayer High School, had 10 points and six assists.
Nelson was 4-for-8 from three-point range as the Bluejays made 11 three-pointers. The Bluejays were 7-for-20 from three-point range in the first half when they opened a 36-22 lead.
Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B. each scored 14 points to lead the Gophers (2-1). Banham, who scored a career-high 39 points against Creighton last season, moved past Ashley Ellis-Milan for the No. 13 spot on the Gophers’ career scoring chart with 1,292 points.
Zahui B. and Micaëlla Riché each had eight rebounds for the Gophers, who outrebounded Creighton 37-28.
Sari Noga contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Gophers. With the Gophers trailing by 12 in the first half, Noga hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Gophers within six.
Creighton closed the first half with a 12-4 run to restore their lead to 14.
The Gophers outscored Creighton 22-15 over the first 14 minutes of the second half to pull within seven points (51-44) with 5:49 remaining but couldn’t get any closer.