CU, UNO women open Sokol Arena

The Creighton women’s basketball team beat Nebraska-Omaha, 80-57, in the first basketball game to take place at Sokol Arena in the Ryan Athletic Center. Five players scored in double figures for the Bluejays Thursday that marked CU’s first home game on campus since 2001.
Creighton led 38-31 at the half after a sloppy 20 minutes that featured a combined 24 turnovers and just as many fouls. UNO’s Heather Pohl would score the game’s first basket to go ahead 2-0, but that would be their biggest lead of the evening. Pohl scored 14 points in the first half to pace the Mavericks, while Creighton featured a more balanced attack that saw nine different ladies score between one and eight points.
CU opened the second half on an 16-0 run to open up a 52-31 cushion. Kelsay Woodard drained a three-pointer, and Sam Schuett would score the next five points to force a Maverick timeout to regroup. Woodard sandwiched two buckets around a Katie Frank score as the lead reached 20 for the first time. Lost in the shuffle of CU’s scoring breakout was the Bluejay defense, which forced turnovers on seven straight UNO possessions before Jessica Zaruba ended the drought with 14:43 left in the game.
Creighton had five players score in double-digits, led by Woodard’s 17 points. Fellow starters Herring, Schuett and Megan Neuvirth each had 10 points, while freshman Jasmin Corbin added 10 off the bench. Neuvirth also had team-highs with seven rebounds and six steals in 24 minutes, and fellow senior Kelsey Crites had a game-best five assists. The Bluejays shot 26-for-65 (.400) from the field, 8-for-20 (.400) from three-point land and 20-of-29 (.690) from the charity stripe.
UNO was led by 21 points from Pohl and 11 points by Alyssa Green. The Mavericks shot 23-of-54 (.426) from the floor, 2-of-10 (.200) from three-point range and 9-of-14 (.643) from the line.
Story courtesy of Creighton athletics.