March 3, 2005
By Jeff Honza
OMAHA, Neb. - Angie Janis scored a career-high 28 points, and Creighton (18-8, 12-5) used a 25-8 second half run to beat Southern Illinois (3-23, 1-16), 78-58, earlier tonight in Missouri Valley Conference action at Omaha Civic Auditorium.
SIU trailed by a point (37-36) at halftime and even led by four (41-37) just minutes into the second half, but had no answer for Janis.
After scoring 16 points, including 11 in the opening 4:46 of the first half, Janis pitched in all but two of her dozen second half points during the Jays' stunning 25-8 run, which came moments after the game was tied, 44-44.
Janis scored four consecutive points on two occasions during the late surge, that proved to be the back-breaker for the Dawgs. Not to mention, she was getting key offensive rebounds, which led to CU outscoring SIU, 21-8, in second chance points.
Whether it was inside or outside, Janis seemingly couldn't miss early on, as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers and converted a couple conventional three-point plays off easy layups underneath to help give CU an early 20-8 lead.
With Janis on the bench, the Bluejays suddenly cooled off in the last 10 minutes of the first half.
Holding a 30-18 lead after a pair of Amy Hoffman free throws with 9:56 left, CU went scoreless for a period of 6:05.
Meanwhile, SIU started mounting a comeback.
Amy Hayden's three-pointer at the 9:21 mark started a 15-2 Saluki run that included nine unanswered points.
Hayden's trey was one of three, 3-pointers during the surge, as Danette Jones' back-to-back bombs gave SIU its first lead (33-32) in 93 minutes and 20 seconds of basketball.
Prior to Jones' second three at the 6:40 mark, the Salukis had gone two straight games and the first 13:20 of tonight's matchup without leading an opponent.
Although another bucket by Janis (1:48) and a three-pointer by Kristi Woodard (:40) regained a four-point edge for the Jays, Hayden hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to pull the Dawgs to within one, 37-36, at the break.
SIU was led by Jones' 16 points on 5-of-14 field goals, all of which came from outside the arc. Jones had been held under 10 points in two straight games prior to tonight.
Elyse Morris followed with 10 points on 5-of-10 field goals. For Morris, her outing marked the third in a row scoring in double-digits.
The Salukis conclude their 2004-05 season at Drake on Saturday, Mar. 5. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m.