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Storyfied: Creighton sends Syracuse home in first round of NCAA tournament, 61-56

Published on March 23, 2013

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Creighton sends Syracuse home in NCAA tournament first round, 61-56

No. 10 Creighton beats No. 7 Syracuse in the Oklahoma City region of the 2013 NCAA DI women’s basketball tournament.

Storified by Hoopfeed.com· Sat, Mar 23 2013 12:11:32

Creighton (25-7) came to Knoxville, Tenn. ready as they kicked Syracuse (24-8) out of the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in the Oklahoma City region. It was the first tournament victory for Creighton since 1994.

Led by McKenzie Fujan, who finished with 24 points and five rebounds, the Bluejays held off a late-game rally by the Orange to earn the victory. Sarah Nelson contributed 17 points and seven rebounds. Marissa Janning added 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. 
Nelson reached the 1,000-point career mark during the game.
Kayla Alexander, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, led her team with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Gocreighton
Just finished practice on the Brenda Lawson Court inside the Lady Vols practice facility! #CU #NCAAP http://<a href="http://t.co/fXvP06Ghgl" class="">pic.twitter.com/fXvP06Ghgl</a>Creighton WBB
@creightonwbb team picture after practice for their 1st rd game tomm vs Syracuse #ncaaw http://<a href="http://t.co/NtYqk9mka2" class="">pic.twitter.com/NtYqk9mka2</a>Nell Fortner
SU takes the court to warm up. Tip-off just over an hour away on ESPN2. #NCAAW #OrangeNation http://<a href="http://t.co/iYgKhqaiqC" class="">pic.twitter.com/iYgKhqaiqC</a>SU Women’s Hoops
Creighton WBB and Syracuse off to a slow start, Orange lead Jays 4-2 at first media (15:56). #NCAAW #gojaysCreighton WBB
@CreightonWBB trails Syracuse 10-5 with 11:33 remaining. Jays struggling from the field, 1-11 from beyond the arcCreighton WBB
Media timeout with 7:53 remaining in the first half. @CreightonWBB trailing @SyrcauseWBB, 14-11. @Act_A_Fu leading all scorers with 11pts.Creighton WBB
Both sides struggling shooting early. SU 4-17, Creighton 4-19. 14-11 SU leads, 7:36 1st.SU Women’s Hoops
@ctritzy21 gets on the board with a three pointer, cuts @SyracuseWBB lead to one. @CreightonWBB trails 19-18 with 3:03 remaining in the halfCreighton WBB
With 2.4 seconds remaining in the first half, @snelson42 gets the layup and is fouled. @CreightonWBB has a shot at the three point play.Creighton WBB
Making that free throw, @snelson42 not only ties the game — she also now has 1,000 career points with @CreightonWBB!Creighton WBB
Halftime: Creighton and Syracuse tied at 24 http://<a href="http://t.co/7rcvdyrQIe" class="">j.mp/16PDT2A</a> #ncaawHoopfeed.com
Orange is 1-0 in games tied at half (at Georgetown, 2/12)SU Women’s Hoops
Halftime statistics (cont.): With three first half points, @snelson42 now has 1,000 career points with @CreightonWBB.Creighton WBB
Alexander scores & is fouled! She completes the 3-pt play, has 11 pts. SU down 33-31, 15:20 left.SU Women’s Hoops
2nd half: Creighton leading Syracuse 39-33, 11:41 to go http://<a href="http://t.co/7rcvdyrQIe" class="">j.mp/16PDT2A</a> 3ncaawHoopfeed.com
First bucket of the second half scored by…who else? @Act_A_Fu with the layup for her game-high 19th point.Creighton WBB
@M_Janning with two free throws gets on the board, follows with a three pointer and gives @CreightonWBB a 31-26 lead over @SyracuseWBB.Creighton WBB
@SyracuseWBB responds following the media timeout, re-ties the game at 33-33.Creighton WBB
Make that 6-8 from three point land for @Act_A_Fu; ties career high with 22 points. @CreightonWBB leads @SyracuseWBB, 44-37.Creighton WBB
Crowd in Knoxville applauding @CreightonWBB after @M_Janning nails a three to extend the Jays’ lead to 10. 47-37, Creighton.Creighton WBB
We see you @CreightonWBB! 2nd half: #10 seed Creighton 47, #7 seed Syracuse 39, 7:49 to go http://<a href="http://t.co/7rcvdyrQIe" class="">j.mp/16PDT2A</a> #ncaawHoopfeed.com
Can Creighton hang on for a morning upset? RT @CreightonWBB Two free throws by @SyracuseWBB but @CreightonWBB still lead the Orange, 52-45Hoopfeed.com
A layup and three pointer by @SyracuseWBB cuts the @CreightonWBB lead in half. Jays still lead the Orange, 55-50.Creighton WBB
@SyracuseWBB calls its final timeout with 28.7 seconds remaining in regulation. @CreightonWBB holding on to a 57-54 lead over the Orange.Creighton WBB
@SyracuseWBB misses a three point shot, @snelson42 rebounds, game appeared to be over but officials are reviewing to see if the game is overCreighton WBB
It’s not over yet folks. @CreightonWBB to the line with .3 seconds remaining.Creighton Bluejays
Final score from Knoxville, Tenn. — @CreightonWBB 61, @SyracuseWBB 56. Jays advance to face winner of Oral Roberts/Tennessee on Monday.Creighton Bluejays
Remember back in December when Creighton’s win streak included BYU, Nebraska, Houston and USF? http://<a href="http://t.co/Ul1rOsh8CO" class="">j.mp/YMkLey</a> #ncaawHoopfeed.com
Great game @CreightonWBB! Congratulations Coach Flanery and all esp Sarah Nelson for hitting 1,000 career points. #GoJays #marchmadnessTimothy Lannon SJ
This is the first time that Creighton has won NCAA Tournament games in men’s and women’s basketball in the same season.Creighton Bluejays
Gocreighton
Props to former DIshin & Swishin guests @m_janning and @snelson42 on @CreightonWBB big win. Didn’t we warn you about those mid-majors?Dishin’ & Swishin’
Photo gallery:
Creighton vs. Syracuse (3/23/13)Creighton vs. Syracuse (3/23/13)
Creighton women top Syracuse, advance in NCAA tourneyKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Creighton left its shooting touch at the hotel early on Saturday morning. Thankfully for the Bluejays, they didn’t le…
Y does all the press call today’s @CreightonWBB win an upset? Cause they didn’t watch them play 1game this year, that’s why. Hell of a team!Alan Solarana
Well President @BarackObama…you’re 0-2 when picking against Creighton. Both @BluejayMBB & @CreightonWBB win. Are you not entertained?!?Michael Murakami


 

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