Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 AT 10:58 PM / Updated at 10:58 PM
Women’s basketball: Creighton at Indiana State
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Ind.
Radio: 1620 AM KOZN

CREIGHTON (16-4, 8-1)
F Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., 12.5
C Alyssa Kamphaus, 6-3, Jr., 4.7
G Carli Tritz, 5-10, Jr., 8.3
G Ally Jensen, 5-6, Sr., 8.0
G McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Jr., 8.8
INDIANA STATE (12-8, 4-5)
F Marina Laramie, 6-2, Fr., 6.6
F Anna Munn, 5-10, Jr., 15.5
C Racheal Mahan, 6-1, So., 13.0
G Taylor Whitley, 5-9, Sr., 10.3
G Travecia Franklin, 5-9, So., 3.1

Scouting Creighton: Coach Jim Flanery thought coming into the season that the Bluejays would be a good 3-point shooting team. Best in the nation, though, wasn’t exactly on his mind. Creighton starts the second half of the Missouri Valley season ranked first in the nation in 3-point baskets per game (9.6). Seven Bluejays have made 10 or more 3-pointers this season, with Ally Jensen leading the team with 45. One player who helps set up Creighton’s 3-point attack is McKenzie Fujan. Her midrange game is her strength, and her ability to drive the ball at the defense and then kick it out helps create open looks along the perimeter. Fujan battled a variety of injuries early in the season, but her recent production illustrates her return to health. She’s scored 15, 7, 12 and 20 points in the past four games while hitting 22 of 38 shots from the field.

Scouting Indiana State: The Sycamores played without their leading scorer, Anna Munn, in last month’s 69-50 loss to the Bluejays. Munn leads the team and is second in the Valley with a 15.5 scoring average, Her absence in the first meeting with the Bluejays denied the Sycamores the defense-stretching threat her 3-point shooting brings to the lineup. Indiana State will try to slow Creighton’s attack with a defense that ranks second in the Valley and 28th nationally. The Sycamores have limited their opponents to 53.5 points per game. Finishing games has been a problem for Indiana State in league play, as three of its five losses have come on the final possession of the game. The Sycamores dropped a two-point decision to Northern Iowa when the Panthers hit the last shot, and fell to Evansville and Illinois State by one point when they couldn’t convert their final shot.

Opening tips: Creighton has won 11 of the past 12 meetings between the teams and leads the series 34-12. In addition to leading the nation in 3-point baskets, Creighton ranks in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage (third, .390), assists-per-game (17th, 16.9) and assists-to-turnovers ratio (18th, 1.13 to 1). Creighton’s NCAA RPI is a Valley-best 29th.

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.