WICHITA, Kan.- Alex Harden and Jasmine Jones both recorded career highs in points, scoring 20 and 16 respectively, to lead the Shockers past Creighton, 67-45, on Saturday night at Charles Koch Arena.
Jones also recorded four assists, while Michelle Price contributed a career high six steals in the Shocker effort.
Sarah Nelson led the Bluejays, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Ally Nelson added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Creighton (12-4, 4-1) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, forcing head coach Jody Adams to take a timeout at the 18:15 mark in the first half.
After a Creighton 3-point basket, Chynna Turner got Wichita State (10-6, 4-0) on the board with a layup that cut the Bluejay lead to 11-2. Then, after each team traded baskets, the Shockers went on a 15-1 run to take the lead, 19-14 with 4:50 left in the half. During the run, Michelle Price scored seven points and Alex Harden had six.
Creighton went on a 7-0 run of their own that was capped by a Sarah Nelson jumper that put her team up, 21-19.
Two free-throws and a layup by Harden fueled a 9-3 Shocker run to close out the half and put Wichita State up, 28-24. She led Wichita State in the half with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists. Price added seven points and five rebounds to the first half effort. As a team, the Shockers shot 12-of-26 (.462) in the half.
A free-throw by Price and a layup by Chynna Turner opened the scoring in the second half for the Shockers, as they went up 31-24.
Wichita State continued their hot shooting, making three-straight 2-point baskets to push the lead to 43-32 with 9:44 remaining in the game.
With 5:32 remaining, Jasmine Jones stole the ball, the nailed a jumper on the offensive end to put Wichita State up, 51-39, and put the game away. The lead never go below ten the rest of the way. Jones scored all 16 of her points in the second half.
Wichita State shot 27-of-52 (.519) for the game, out-rebounded Creighton, 36-28, and forced 22 turnovers.
The Shocker women are next in action on Monday, Jan. 21st at 7:05 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena against Drake.