March 23, 2013
NCAA Tournament Notes Today's game marked the first meeting between the two programs.
This is the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for both Creighton and Syracuse.
With the loss, Syracuse remains winless (0-5) in NCAA Tournament history.
With the win, Creighton improves to 3-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Jim Flanery has been on the Jays' staff for every NCAA Tournament game.
Syracuse is now 3-2 in neutral-site games this season, while Creighton improves to 5-1.
Creighton Notes Making its fifth overall and second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Creighton improves to 25-7 this season, marking the Jays' second-highest win total in program history. The program record is 28, set in 1991-92.
25 victories in a single season are the most of Coach Flanery's head coaching career.
Junior forward Sarah Nelson scored her 1,000th-career point by converting an and-1 opportunity with 2.4 seconds remaining in the opening half. She is Creighton's 25th player to reach 1,000-career points and just the 12th Jay to record at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
Nelson scored 17 points and pulled down seven boards against SU to up her career totals to 1,014 points and 641 rebounds.
The Jays, which entered the contest ranked second in the country in 3-point field goals made per game (9.3), converted 11-of-36 attempts against the Orange. The 36 attempts are fifth-most all-time in NCAA First or Second Round games, tying MTSU, which attempted 36 against Pittsburgh (3/21/10).
Creighton has made 298 3-pointers this season, just six shy of tying the NCAA single-season record in made treys. Missouri State made 304 3-point buckets in 2004-05. The Jays attempted a program-record 44 treys in a 74-69 win over Evansville this season.
Junior guard McKenzie Fujan netted a career-best 24 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers. She has now scored 46 points in her last two games for a 23 point per game average. Fujan entered the tournament averaging 9.3 ppg.
Her six 3-pointers tie her for 14th all-time in NCAA First and Second Round games.
Fujan scored the first 11 points of the game for the Jays and 14 of the team's first 15. She had 17 points at the half. At the half, Fujan was 6-of-7 from the field, while the rest of her team was 1-of-22.
With two crucial late-game free throws, Fujan extended her free-throw streak to 26 in a row. The Creighton record of 40 in a row was set by Sam Schuett (2006-11).
Creighton has won nine of its last 10 games this season.
Syracuse Notes Syracuse finishes the season with a 24-8 record, its fourth-most wins in program history.
Senior center Kayla Alexander's 23 points set a Syracuse NCAA Tournament record, breaking the mark of 17 held by Tonya Hendrix (1988 vs. Ohio State), Sue Ludwig (1998 vs. Ohio State) and Erica Morrow (2008 vs. Hartford)
Alexander scored 20 or more points for the 13th time this season and led the Orange in scoring for the 19th time in 32 games
Alexander finishes her career with 2,024 points, the most in SU history
Senior guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas' 13-point effort was her 18th double-figure game of the season
Tyson-Thomas finishes her career with 1,230 points, 11th in SU history
Senior guard Elashier Hall's seven points gave her 1,108 for her career, 18th all-time
Seniors Alexander, Tyson-Thomas and Hall finish their careers with 4,362 combined points
Freshman guard Brittney Sykes' 12 rebounds gave her double-figure boards for the third time this season and tied her career-high set at Notre Dame (2/26)
Sykes 12 boards also tied a Syracuse NCAA Tournament record with Candrea Jones (2008 vs. Hartford).
The Orange allowed 11 3-pointers against Creighton, tying a season high for 3-pointers allowed (March 2, 2013 vs. Villanova) and the most threes allowed in an NCAA tournament game.
Entering the game, Syracuse held its opponents to a .274 3-point shooting percentage, top of the BIG EAST and 42nd in the country. Today, Creighton shot .305 against the Orange