Published Friday, February 22, 2013 AT 11:24 PM / Updated at 11:24 PM
Women’s basketball: Creighton at Bradley
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Renaissance Coliseum, Peoria, Ill.
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (19-6, 11-3)
F Sarah Nelson, 6-0, Jr., 11.7
C Alyssa Kamphaus, 6-3, Jr., 4.8
G Marissa Janning, 5-8, Fr., 13.2
G McKenzie Fujan, 5-11, Jr., 9.0
G Ally Jensen, 5-6, Sr., 7.5

BRADLEY (11-13, 5-8)
G Brooke Bisping, 5-7, Sr., 4.4
G Catie O’Leary, 5-10, Jr., 11.1
G Michelle Young, 5-9, So., 6.2
G Kelsey Budd, 5-9, Jr., 11.0
G Katie Yohn, 5-11, Sr., 10.5

Scouting Creighton: Look for Creighton coach Jim Flanery to go back to more of a four-guard lineup to counteract Bradley’s five-guard attack. Junior forward Sarah Nelson is coming off her best scoring game since an early February win against Drake. Nelson scored 19 points in Thursday’s win against Northern Iowa after scoring a total of 24 in her previous four games. Nelson’s versatility could play a big factor against Bradley, which tried to guard her with 5-foot-7 Brooke Bisping when the teams met in Omaha late last month. The strategy was partly successful: Nelson scored seven points, but she did grab six rebounds and had three assists in the 79-67 win. Marissa Janning is suffering from plantar faciitis in her foot but continues to play at a high level. She leads the team with a 13.2 average.

Scouting Bradley: The Braves won their third straight home game Thursday night with a 93-84 win over Drake. Bradley is 7-3 on its homecourt this season and is assured of a winning record at home for the sixth straight season. Bradley has been utilizing a five-guard lineup since it lost its top post player, Kelly Frings. Shondra Butts leads the Braves in scoring (12.7 average) but comes off the bench as first-year coach Mike Brooks has juggled his starting lineup throughout the season.

Opening tips: Creighton has won the last five meetings and leads the series 37-8. The Bluejays have won 19 of their 23 games in Peoria.

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