Creighton beats Drake 53-38 in MVC final

R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer Published:

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Carli Tritz scored eight of her 19 points in Creighton's 14-2 finishing run in a 53-38 victory over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference women's tournament final on Sunday.

Sarah Nelson and McKenzie Fujan added 12 points apiece as the third-seeded Bluejays (20-12) prevailed in a matchup of underdogs and earned their first NCAA tournament berth since 2002 and fourth overall. Creighton also won won the men's conference tournament last week in St. Louis.

Rachael Hackbarth had 15 points and 14 rebounds for seventh-seeded Drake (18-15), the 25th double double of the season for the league's player of the year. Hackbarth totaled 65 points and 45 rebounds in four tournament games and Morgan Reid added 10 points for the Bulldogs, who beat Creighton in both regular season meetings.