Published Friday, January 4, 2013 AT 9:21 PM / Updated at 9:21 PM
Women’s basketball: Creighton at Evansville
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (9-3, 1-0)
F Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., 12.9
C Alyssa Kamphaus, 6-3, Jr., 5.3
G Carli Tritz, 5-11, Jr., 9.5
G McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Jr., 7.7
G Ally Jensen, 5-6, Sr., 7.4

EVANSVILLE (3-9, 1-0)
F Mallory Ladd, 6-1, So., 12.3
F Taylor Ware, 5-9, Sr., 3.2
C Samantha Heck, 6-2, Sr., 14.6
G Laura Friday, 5-6, Fr., 3.2
G Khristian Hart, 5-8, So., 13.1

Creighton scouting report: Sarah Nelson leads the Missouri Valley Conference in field-goal percentage (.535) and also ranks third in assists (3.9 per game). She’s fifth in rebounding (8.0) and 14th in scoring (12.9). After a slow start, freshman Marissa Janning has emerged as the leading 3-point shooter in the league. Janning has made 25 of 50 shots from beyond the arc. Though she has not started a game, she is second on the team in scoring with a 11.1 average. Carli Tritz is second in the league in assists at 4.2 per game. The Bluejays have won eight of the past 10 game against Evansville.

Evansville scouting report: The Purple Aces snapped an eight-game skid by beating Drake in their Valley opener. Mallory Ladd led Evansville with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ladd, a sophomore transfer from Valparaiso, has recorded double-doubles in the three games since becoming eligible at the end of the first semester. She earned a spot on the Toledo Invitational all-tournament team by scoring 21 points and grabbing 21 rebounds in two games. Samantha Heck leads the Purple Aces in scoring with a 14.6 average, and she ranks among the national leaders in free-throw percentage (29 of 31, .935). Senior Khristian Hart also is averaging 13.1 points per game. The Purple Aces rank third in the league with 83 3-point baskets.

Opening tips: Creighton leads the series 29-11 but lost 48-45 in its last visit to Evansville. A Bluejays victory would give coach Jim Flanery his 200th win and his 118th in league play. He is tied with former Northern Iowa coach Tony DiCecco for fourth place on the Valley’s all-time coaching victories chart.

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