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No. 10 Creighton becomes 4th double-digit seed ever in Elite 8

Mar 25, 2022; Greensboro, NC, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Ashley Joens (24) is fouled by Creighton Bluejays forward Mallory Brake (14) in the first quarter in the Greensboro regional semifinals of the women's college basketball NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Morgan Maly scored a career-high 21 points and No. 10 Creighton’s Cinderella run in the women’s NCAA Tournament continued as the Bluejays upset No. 3 Iowa State 76-68 on Friday in the Greensboro Region semifinal.

Creighton (23-9) is the fourth double-digit seed to make the women’s Elite Eight, joining No. 10 Lamar in 1991, No. 11 Gonzaga in 2011 and No. 10 Oregon in 2017. It’s the first Elite Eight appearance for any basketball team from Creighton — men or women — since 1941.

The Bluejays move on to face the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, South Carolina, on Sunday.

In an off-the-bench effort, Maly added four rebounds. The Bluejays also go 19 points from Tatum Rembao, 13 from Payton Brotzki and 10 from Lauren Jensen.

Emily Ryan led the Cyclones (28-7) with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Nyamer Diew added 15 points.

In what may have been her final game in an Iowa State uniform, Ashley Joens — the reigning Cheryl Miller Award winner — finished with 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Joens is eligible for the WNBA Draft but also has one more season of college eligibility left.

After playing an even first half — with the score at halftime knotted at 30 — Creighton broke off an 8-2 run early in the third quarter to take a six-point lead. The Bluejays made 5 of 8 shots from behind the arc in the third while outscoring the Cyclones 29-21.

By the 7:06 mark in the fourth quarter, Creighton had a 13-point lead.

Five different Bluejays sank at least one 3-pointer, and the team shot 11 of 25 from long distance.

Creighton’s bench — led by Maly — outscored Iowa State 30-4. The Bluejays forced the Cyclones into 10 turnovers, which they flipped into 17 points.

The Cyclones are still searching for their first Elite Eight appearance since 2009.

–Mitchell Northam, Field Level Media