PHILADELPHIA — The Creighton women earned their first Big East basketball win of the season Tuesday night as they held on for a 65-62 victory at Villanova.
Creighton, which had been 0-3 in league play, never trailed and led by 13 with less than seven minutes to play before Villanova put together a 14-4 run to pull within 59-56 with 1:38 left.
But the Wildcats never got closer than two as Creighton maintained its lead by hitting 5 of 6 free throws in the final 17 seconds.
Jade Owens hit two free throws to make it 62-58. After a Villanova jumper, Audrey Faber hit two more free throws with six seconds left for a 64-60 lead. Faber added another free throw with two seconds left.
“We were shaky in the fourth quarter, but I thought we played really good defense for most of the game,” Creighton coach Jim Flanery said.
“MC (McGrory) was tremendous. She made so many winning plays at both ends.”
McGrory led Creighton with 22 points, while Faber added 19. They combined for 29 points in the second half and carried the Jays through a pivotal third quarter.
After leading 24-21 at the half, CU outscored the Wildcats 16-7 to start the third. McGrory scored 11 in the quarter, including two free throws with six seconds left to make it 49-36.
Megan Quinn, who came into the game averaging 9.3 points per game, led Villanova with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Creighton (7-9, 1-3) returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Xavier.