Lamberty sparks late run as Jays rally for road win

INDIANAPOLIS — Sydney Lamberty's best game of the season and a strong closing surge Friday carried Creighton to a 52-42 victory over Butler.

The Bluejays finished the game on a 13-2 run over the final 4:15 to improve to 12-12 overall and 6-6 in the Big East. Butler dropped to 7-15 and 2-9.

Lamberty scored 18 points — one off her season high — in making 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. She also had five rebounds and three assists.

"Sydney really played well and bailed us out," Creighton coach Jim Flanery said. "She played with real good confidence."

A 3-point basket by Lamberty erased Butler's 40-39 lead and ignited the final run. Lauren Works followed with another basket from beyond the arc, Jade Owens made a driving layup and Audrey Faber and Bailey Norby added free throws to push the lead to 50-40 with 33 seconds to play.

"We guarded well enough to be in position to make some plays late," Flanery said.

Faber added 12 points for Creighton, which scored 36 of its points in the second half when the Bluejays shot 65 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. In the first half, Creighton made just 6 of 29 shots (20.7 percent).

The Bluejays did commit a season-high 22 turnovers, and their final production continued some recent offensive struggles that have seen them score 53, 44 and 52 points in the past three games.

"I'm concerned about the offense," Flanery said, "but road wins are always sweet."

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