Leading a team in scoring in a victory over a ranked in-state rival could be the highlight of a player’s career.
It didn’t take long for Marissa Janning to accomplish that.
In her sixth game as a member of the Creighton women’s basketball team, the freshman point guard tallied 19 points, three assists and two rebounds as she ignited a second-half surge that culminated in a 66-57 victory over 25th-ranked Nebraska.
Janning has been on a hot streak, averaging 17.7 points in her last three games.
Janning says that the key to her recent success is simple: She has just been more confident.
“The only thing that’s been different is I have more confidence. I know that I can score in different situations and I can be a factor,” Janning said.
Janning’s confidence has definitely been showing in her field-goal percentage.
Janning shot 3 of 25 (12 percent) in her first four collegiate games. She turned the corner in her last three games, however, shooting 19 of 38 (50 percent) during that span.
Junior guard Carli Tritz is not surprised by Janning’s recent offensive explosion. The All-MVC first-teamer said that she knows what Janning is capable of and her role will only increase.
“That’s definitely what she’s capable of and she’s only going to get better,” Tritz said.
“She’s going to be that player down the line who’s going to be a great leader and scorer. For her to play like this early is a good confidence boost for her and for the team.”
While Janning’s offensive numbers have certainly been appreciated by coach Jim Flanery, it’s her play on the other end of the court that he says he appreciates even more.
“Defensively she is in great shape and she can guard a very good player on the other end,” Flanery said.
“While everybody is talking about her offense, as a coach I appreciate what she can do defensively as well. We definitely can use her just as much there as on the offensive end.”
Janning has high expectations for her team and for herself this season as the Bluejays strive to make a return appearance to the NCAA tournament.
“I think the goal for this season is to hopefully make it further than what we did last year in the tournament,” Janning said.
“I think my role this season is to help out any way I can. I want to be the point guard that (Flanery) doesn’t have to worry about turning the ball over. I want to be a person that can take care of the ball and perform in any situation that I need to.”