Jim Flanery remains upbeat as Creighton women fight through injuries, early defeats

“It’ll get better,” Creighton women's coach Jim Flanery said. “We’ve got good kids, and they’re working hard. I’ve told them, just keep getting better individually because that’s the best way for us to get better as a team.”

Just as sophomore Temi Carda picked up a basketball for some extra jumpers before Tuesday’s practice, Creighton women’s coach Jim Flanery was crediting his players for their upbeat attitude during CU’s slow start.

They’ve remained engaged in the process, according to Flanery. He said they’re certainly eager to learn, and they haven’t lost the desire to improve.

But they could use a positive outcome here soon. The Jays (1-3), who began the season with NCAA tournament aspirations, have lost two straight games by double digits.

“It’ll get better,” Flanery said. “We’ve got good kids, and they’re working hard. I’ve told them, just keep getting better individually because that’s the best way for us to get better as a team.”

Several challenging opponents remain on Creighton’s nonconference schedule, though. Beginning with Wednesday’s foe.

CU hosts No. 24 Drake (6-1) at noon at D.J. Sokol Arena. The Bulldogs, who already defeated the same South Dakota squad that beat CU 77-65, returned all five starters from a season ago.

The Jays, meanwhile, are just trying to get healthy and solidify a rotation. They’ve used three different starting lineups in their past three outings. Juniors Jaylyn Agnew, Olivia Elger and Ali Greene — projected starters in the preseason — have each missed time because of injury.

“We’ve just got to hang in there and do the best we can,” Flanery said.

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