Published Friday, December 7, 2012 AT 9:21 PM / Updated at 9:21 PM
Women’s basketball: Creighton at Houston
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hofheinz Pavilion Arena, Houston
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (4-2)
F, Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., 11.8
C, Alyssa Kamphaus, 6-3, Jr., 4.5
G, McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Jr., 7.5
G, Carli Tritz, 5-11, Jr., 8.7
G, Ally Jensen, 5-6, Sr., 7.3

HOUSTON (4-5)
F, Marche’ Amerson, 6-1, Fr., 9.4
F, Te’onna Campbell, 5-10, Jr., 9.4
C, Y. Thompson, 6-2, Jr., 10.2
G, Porsche Landry, 5-1, Sr., 16.3
G, Alecia Smith, 5-7, Fr., 5.2

Creighton scouting report: The Bluejays are 3-0 in road games this season, and a victory against Houston would make this the first Creighton team to win four straight road contests to start the season since 1995-96. The Bluejays are coming off a 66-57 home win against No. 25 Nebraska, their first against a ranked nonconference team since 1999. After a rough start, freshman Marissa Janning has scored 19 points in each of her last two games. Janning missed 26 of her first 30 shots as a collegian but has converted 13 of 21 in leading Creighton to wins against BYU and the Huskers. Junior McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 13 points against NU. Shooting a season-best 56.3 percent against the Huskers marked the first time in six games that the Bluejays made at least half their shots from the field.

Houston scouting report: The 4-5 Cougars have already exceeded last season’s victory total. Houston, which finished 3-26 last year, lost its first four games before winning four straight. The Cougars, who are 4-1 at home, have had a week off since losing their last game to TCU. Point guard Porsche Landry leads Houston in scoring with a 16.3 average and has dished out 34 assists. She has scored 10 points or more in all nine games and has shot 58 percent from 3-point range in her last four games. Junior college transfer Yasmeen Thompson has provided Houston with some impact play in the middle. The 6-foot-2 junior is averaging 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. She is shooting 70.4 percent from the field, which would lead the nation if she had enough attempts to qualify.

Opening tips: The teams split their only two previous meetings, each winning by 17 points on their home floor. The Cougars won in 2004, with the Bluejays claiming the 2005 rematch. … Creighton is 11-3 all time against teams from Conference USA. … After Saturday’s game, Creighton will take a week off for finals before playing its last nonconference home game Dec. 16 against North Dakota State.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.