Cedar Falls, Iowa– Guided by 23 points from Junior Emma Ronsiek (Sioux Falls, SD), the 20th-ranked Creighton women’s basketball team, defeated Northern Iowa 85-66 on Sunday, November 20.
The win put the Bluejays 4-0 up for the season while the Panthers fell to 2-2 overall.
Ronsiek and the Bluejays boiled from the start as the South Dakota native scored nine points in the first five minutes to help Creighton take a 13-7 lead by 5:38. fellow boys Morgan Maly (Crete, Neb.) and Lauren Jensen (Lakeville, Minnesota) had a combined 10 goals in the first quarter, giving Creighton a 25-12 advantage after ten minutes.
The Bluejay lead grew steadily in the second quarter, reaching 20 at 41-21 after an inside bucket from Senior Carly bachelor (Topeka, Kan.). Moments later, Bachelor deflated a three from the wing to make it 47-23, with 1:54 remaining in the first half.
With a 49-26 lead at the break, the Bluejays held a 20-14 lead in the paint and a 9-0 lead on points from turnovers.
Northern Iowa returned to the court with increased aggressiveness as the Panthers successfully drove to the basket. The main attacker was Maya McDermott as the Panther guard accumulated nine points in the frame. Ronsiek answered the Jays’ challenge with eight points in the frame as the contest moved to the final stanza, with Creighton leading 69-49.
Creighton saw his lead cut to 16 (75-59) early in the fourth, but a layup by Jensen and a three-ball by Maly brought the Bluejays back to a 21-point lead (80-59).
A final Panther push took the game to 80-65, even younger Mallory brake (Hastings, Minn.) and freshman Kennedy Townsend (Kansas City, Mo.) delivered from inside and from afar, respectively, to end the contest.
Ronsiek’s 23 led all goalscorers and became Creighton’s fourth other player to have top-20 points in four competitions that season.
Jensen finished the game with 19 points while Maly and Bachelor delivered 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Northern Iowa clinched a team-high 14 points from McDermott and Ryley Goebel in the loss.
Creighton has a quick turnaround when the Bluejays take on the Omaha Mavericks on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:05 p.m. at Baxter Arena