Over her earlier 5 video games spanning the NCAA Event matchups with Iowa State and South Carolina, and the primary three this season towards South Dakota State, South Dakota, and Nebraska, Emma Ronsiek scored a complete of 19 factors and shot 21.1% from the ground. On Sunday afternoon in Cedar Falls, the third-year ahead powered her means out of that funk by going 7-of-13 from the ground and flattening all however one in every of her eight free throw makes an attempt en path to a game-high 23 factors in simply 27 minutes to assist Creighton keep undefeated with a formidable 85-66 highway victory over Northern Iowa.
“I’ve been making an attempt to vary the mentality that I’ve had over the previous years of my life,” Ronsiek mentioned. “The workers have been making an attempt to get me out of my little rut they usually’ve accomplished an incredible job. I believe it’s just a little onerous if you’ve received an athlete — particularly when there are a number of athletes on the market, it’s not simply me — that takes quite a lot of satisfaction in scoring and is making an attempt to recover from that hump. Doing what I wanted to do to get there at this time felt actually nice.”
The Panthers (2-2) have been coming off of a slender 88-85 loss to Seventh-ranked Iowa State during which they led at a number of junctures late and had a clear look from the 3-point line to tie the sport within the closing seconds. They by no means received the prospect to rectify that late-game setback towards the Bluejays. Ronsiek received her workforce on the board with a dump off inside out of a double workforce to a slicing Carly Bachelor. She adopted that by scoring 9 of Creighton’s subsequent 11 factors herself on a tough pivot right into a scoop layup inside with a double workforce coming, a pair of free throws, a choose and pop three, and one other bucket proper below the basket. She checked the entire bins on the offensive finish together with her ballhandling, her footwork, her playmaking, and her various shot-making to assist Creighton construct a 13-7 lead heading into the primary media timeout.
“Getting that first straightforward bucket was huge for me at this time,” Ronsiek mentioned. “I do know I missed my first shot, however I needed to simply let that one go — it was a minute into the sport and no means was I going to maintain up that mentality for 40 extra minutes. After that I received a simple bucket straight away and a pair free throws, and I used to be like, ‘alright, I’m again, we’re not messing round anymore.’”
With Ronsiek on a roll, everybody else in Bluejay adopted go well with. Third-year combo guard Lauren Jensen received a shot to fall off the dribble, then third-year ahead Morgan Maly banged a pair threes to gas a 10-3 run that helped Creighton shut the primary quarter with a 25-12 lead. Creighton compelled turnovers on 9 of Northern Iowa’s first 23 possessions of the sport to construct a 30-14 lead and the rout was on. The Jays prioritized inside offense, whether or not it was by way of extra conventional publish touches or off the dribble from the perimeter, and the early success opened the entire offense. Six completely different Bluejays scored within the second quarter alone to show a 13-point first-quarter cushion right into a commanding 49-26 lead at halftime.
The offensive facet of the ground was one a part of the story however limiting a workforce that had put up 84.5 factors over the earlier two video games to 26 factors on 31 taking pictures possessions had simply as a lot of an affect. Carly Bachelor’s protection on Panthers level guard Maya McDermott specifically appeared to stall out something that would probably compromise Creighton on that finish of the ground. McDermott was second on the workforce in scoring at 15.7 factors per sport and was a team-best 10-of-20 from 3-point vary by way of the primary three video games of the season, however she didn’t crack the scoring column till Nothern Iowa’s final possession of the primary quarter and completed the half with simply 5 factors, one turnover, and no assists.
“That was a troublesome task, however I believe my size continues to be an asset towards level guards that I’m guarding,” Bachelor mentioned. “With the ability to get a hand up and nonetheless go away myself just a little little bit of room for drives is useful once I’m guarding them. Quite a lot of them are faster than me, however due to my size I may give them a step and nonetheless be capable of disrupt issues that they’re doing.”
Northern Iowa went punch for punch higher after halftime and gained the ultimate 20 minutes 40-36 as Creighton wasn’t fairly as keyed within the defensive finish as they have been within the first two quarters. Regardless of that, the closest they ever received to creating the Bluejays sweat that one was after a 3-point play that minimize CU’s lead all the way down to 80-65 with 3:52 left to play within the fourth quarter.
“Within the first half we have been actually, actually good at each ends,” Creighton head coach Jim Flanery mentioned. “Defensively, I used to be disillusioned within the second half. I felt like we let down and weren’t as locked in and disciplined as we would have liked to be, however that’s clearly nitpicking. I instructed the gamers within the locker room that the expectations are excessive as a result of the ceiling is so excessive. To be up 23 at half right here exhibits us how good we may be, I simply would have favored to have seen us maintain that just a little bit longer. Nevertheless it was nice to get Emma going, clearly. We felt and hoped that it was only a matter of time for her, and quite a lot of different folks performed moderately nicely to nicely, and that’s sort of the place we’ve been.”
The place they’ve been is on the highway, loads. The place there are is 4-0. Undefeated. Their finest begin to a season since 1992, the identical 12 months that sixth-year assistant coach Carli Berger was born.
The subsequent is away from D.J. Sokol Enviornment, too, however not less than it’s in Omaha. The Jays tackle a UNO workforce that has gained three in a row since getting thrashed at Nebraska of their season-opener. Tip-off at Baxter Enviornment is about for 7:00 p.m on Tuesday, November twenty second.