NORMAL, Ill. — Creighton squandered a 10-point second-half lead Sunday in dropping a 66-60 decision to Illinois State that left the Bluejays with their first two-game skid of the season.
The Bluejays led 49-41 with 11:36 to play but the Redbirds went on a 21-3 run that featured streaks of 10 and 11 straight points. Jamie Russell scored six of her game-high 22 points in the initial run that erased Creighton’s lead.
After Ally Jensen’s 3-pointer helped the Bluejays regain a 52-51 lead, the Redbirds reeled off their 11-0 run to seal the victory at Redbird Arena.
Marissa Janning led Creighton with 18 points in her first start of the season. The freshman made 4 of 8 3-pointers, while Jensen was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc in a 15-point performance.
Creighton, which leads the nation in 3-point baskets per game (9.3), finished with 11.
Sarah Nelson added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Bluejays, who dropped to 16-6 and 8-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The loss kept Creighton from making a game up on Wichita State, which dropped its first league contest after reeling off 10 straight wins.
Russell also had seven rebounds and six steals, several of which came in her team’s decisive spurt.
Alexis Jenkins added 16 points for the Redbirds, who improved to 15-8 and 7-4 in league play.
Creighton returns home Thursday to face Missouri State.