March 30, 2004; Omaha, Neb. - Creighton's women's basketball team made history Tuesday night when it overcame visiting UNLV 73-52 to claim the trophy in the 2004 Postseason WNIT.
Creighton senior guard Christy Neneman had 17 points and nine rebounds in her final collegiate game to lead Creighton (24-9) to its first-ever postseason national title of any kind.
Creighton used a 14-3 run midway through the first half to take its biggest lead of the half at 33-16. UNLV scored the final four points of the first half and trailed 41-29 at intermission. The Rebels (26-8) continued their run by opening the second half with a 3-pointer to draw within single digits (41-32) for the first time since 12-4. But the Bluejays answered with a 10-2 run to effectively close the door.
The final margin of 19 points was by far the largest margin of victory in WNIT championship game history. In the previous six WNIT finals, the total margin of victory for ALL six games was 12 points.
Laura Spanheimer led Creighton with 20 points, while swiping her 100th steal of the season and being named to the all-tournament team. Dayna Finch scored 16 points and finished her career with a Missouri Valley Conference record 294 career 3-pointers. Finch joined Spanheimer on the all-tournament team, averaging a team-high 17 points during the tournament run.
Neneman averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per WNIT game and earned Most Valuable Player honors of the WNIT.
UNLV’s Sheena Moore led the Lady Rebels with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Richmond’s Saona Chapman and Iowa State’s Erica Junod also were honored on the all-tournament team.
Creighton set a new WNIT record for 3-point baskets in a tournament with 44.