LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas used a 16-2 spurt out of halftime to knock off the Creighton women 74-66 Sunday.
Chelsea Gardner scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Jayhawks (3-0).
The Bluejays (2-2) led 10-5 with 15:15 left in the first half, but Gardner scored 12 points during a 27-10 run that put Kansas in front 32-20 with 5:18 left.
Creighton responded with a run of its own. Sophomore Marissa Janning scored on a driving layup and a 3-pointer from the left wing. After a Kansas basket, senior McKenzie Fujan drained another 3 to make it 34-28 with 2:17 remaining in the half.
After two Kansas free throws, Creighton got a three-point play from senior Jordan Garrison and a driving layup by Janning to close the Jayhawks' halftime lead to 36-33.
Creighton couldn't sustain its momentum out of halftime, though, as the Jays made 1 of 8 field goals to begin the second half. With 14:43 to go, Kansas led 52-35.
Down 63-47, Creighton got 3-pointers from freshman Lauren Works and senior Sarah Nelson to make it a 10-point game. With 4:03 remaining, Janning made two free throws to cut the Jays' deficit to 64-58.
Gardner, however, hit two free throws 10 seconds later, and Creighton would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Janning's 22 points led Creighton, while Nelson finished with 17 points and five assists.
In addition to Gardner's 24 points, Kansas got a career-high 19 points from Asia Boyd and 14 from Lamaria Cole.
CU next plays at 6 p.m. Saturday, when the Bluejays host Houston at Sokol Arena.
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Video: Creighton postgame press conference