Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 AT 8:38 PM / Updated at 9:02 PM
Women’s Basketball: Creighton vs. Miami (Ohio)
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: Friday 2:30 p.m.
Where: Cancun, Mexico
Radio: KZOT 1180 AM

STARTING LINEUPS
Miami (Ohio) (6-4)
F, Erica Almady, 5-11, Jr., 7.1
F, Kirsten Olowinski, 6-1, Sr., 11.1
G, Courtney Osborn, 5-10, Sr., 17.8
G, Haley Robertson, 5-8, Jr., 4.3
G, Hannah Robertson, 5-8, Jr., 8.0
Creighton (6-2)
F, Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., 10.5
C, Alyssa Kamphaus, 6-3, Jr., , 5.4
G, Carli Tritz, 5-10, Jr., 7.9
G, McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Jr., 9.1
G, Ally Jensen, 5-6, Sr., 7.9

Creighton scouting report: The Bluejays have played just once in the past 13 days. Creighton is coming off of a 21-point win over North Dakota State Sunday that allowed coach Jim Flanery to tie Bruce Rasmussen for the most wins (196) in school history. The Bluejays, ranked fifth in this week’s ESPN mid-major top 10, are off to their best start since the 2002-03 season when they opened the season 9-2. During its recent four-game winning streak, Creighton has recorded assists on 72 of 104 baskets (72 percent) and the Bluejays rank 30th nationally in assists per game (16.0). Improved rebounding has keyed the last two victories over Houston and North Dakota State. After getting outrebounded in each of their first six games, the Bluejays have posted a 94-77 edge on the boards in the past two games.

Miami scouting report: The RedHawks have won three of their last four games. Miami is a team that doesn’t depend heavily on the 3-point basket. Courtney Osborn has made 22 of her team’s 42 3-point baskets, with the RedHawks averaging 4.2 per game. Osborn, who has played in nine of the team’s 10 games, has 50 assists. Kirsten Olowinski leads Miami in rebounding at 9.8 per game with 11.1 points per game, while twins Haley and Hannah Robertson add 12.3 points per game.

Opening tips: Creighton’s tournament games against Miami and South Florida on Saturday will mark the first meetings between the teams. … Creighton has won its first four road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. All four of this season’s wins have come on the opponents’ home courts, while the ’95-96 team won three true road games in addition to a victory on a neutral court.

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.