Wichita State erased a 17-point first half deficit, but its comeback effort came up short, falling to Creighton, 83-71, Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
Alyssia Faye and Shyia Smith set new career-highs, with Smith scoring a team-high 17 points and Faye adding 15 in her first career start. Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage and Carla Bremaud also contributed 11 points each.
A shorthanded Wichita State (5-4) team shot nearly 50 percent for the game and outrebounded the Bluejays, 33-29, but couldn’t contain Creighton’s lethal outside shooting. The Bluejays cashed in 18-of-41 attempts from three-point range, while also dishing out 21 assists on 29 made field goals.
Jaylyn Agnew, an Andover, Kan., native led all scorers with 22 points along with seven assists to lead Creighton (4-4). Temi Carda and Audrey Faber chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively.
After a quick three from Seraphine Bastin and a three-point play from Raven Prince on the first two possessions, Creighton took an 8-5 lead off a three from Jaylyn Agnew. Bremaud responded by drawing a foul and converting a layup to tie the score.
Creighton went on a 12-2 scoring run as the first quarter came to a close, shooting 6-for-15 from three-point range to go up by 10 after the first 10 minutes.
Following a Bremaud layup to cut the deficit to six, the Bluejays opened the gap by scoring nine unanswered points. Shooting 66 percent in the first eight minutes of the second quarter, Creighton stretched its lead to 14.
A three-pointer by Audrey Faber put the Bluejays ahead by 17, but three quick baskets by the Shockers and a turnover by Creighton allowed WSU to cut the deficit 44-33 heading into the locker room.
Lozada-Cabbage cut the deficit down to single digits with two baskets to open the third quarter. Creighton responded with two baskets, but another three-point play from Bremaud cut the deficit back down to seven with under five minutes to play in the quarter.
Faye’s 3-pointer and Bremaud’s up-and-under layup cut the deficit to a single possession with less than 3:30 to go. The Shockers finally regained the lead thanks to a basket from Bastin, but a free throw allowed Creighton to tie the score just before the end of the quarter.
The Bluejays moved ahead by six with under seven minutes to go, with another basket making it an eight-point lead with five minutes left. Faye responded by knocking down another three, but Creighton answered back with another basket inside and a 3-pointer to jump ahead by 10 with 2:36 left.
Wichita State (5-4) continues its homestand on Tuesday with Grambling State at 12 p.m at Charles Koch Arena.