A Creighton comeback leaves Cougars at a loss

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The Creighton Blue Jays took down the BYU Cougars in Wednesday’s women’s basketball game.

After a 16 point lead, 35-19, for the Cougars at half-time, the Creighton squad made a comeback which lead to their 62-65 win.

“(The second half) we lost our cool,” Head Coach Jeff Judkins said. “We got a technical, had a lead of 15 and then lost our momentum. We didn’t execute both offensively and defensively. We didn’t do what we needed to do when we had the lead to continue on that lead.”

Creighton came out the second half and put a full five-man substitution in, which turned out to be the right call as Creighton’s bench outscored the BYU bench 32-12.

“I think we just fell apart and we couldn’t make a basket,” Judkins said. “And (Creighton) hit every shot that they had opportunity to take, they made the most of it.”

Creighton hit six 3-pointers in the second half, allowing them to catch up to the Cougars to the point where the teams were tied at 56-56 with only twenty seconds left to play. Neither team scored in those last twenty seconds and the game went in to overtime.

After both teams bounced back and forth throughout overtime, the score was tied with only nineteen seconds left in overtime. Creighton’s Sarah Nelson hit a 3-pointer, which was the difference needed to take Creighton to a win.

The first half for BYU was played much better than the second half, and sophomore guard Lexi Eaton registered another double-digit game with 18 points, making for a seventh double-figure game in a row this season.

“My goal is to average 20,” Eaton said. “Judkins has also challenged me to have double-figures every game so that’s kind of what I’m going for since he thinks I can do that. But my biggest goal is basically just helping my team get wins and go to the NCAA tournament, because team wins are the most fun.”

Next up for the Cougars is a game at home against Utah State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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