Just when you thought you'd seen or heard the last of the Minnesota Gopher women, they beat the unholy tar out of arch-rival Wisconsin 81-49 in the 1st round of the Big 10 tournament. Suddenly a season that seemed destined for an ignominious end finds one more burst of happiness. Now, a decent showing (within double figures) against #1 seed Penn State today, and Gophers everywhere can feel pretty good about their team through another off-season.
It was really not even that close. The Gophers led by as many as 39 (77-38) at 3:35.
It started with the Badgers leading 15-14. Minnesota ripped off 14 straight points--Kiara Buford and Jackie Voigt 4 each--then stretched their lead to 16 at the half (39-23). The Gophers then opened the 2nd half with runs of 6-0, 14-3 and 22-8. making it 61-31.
Buford led all scorers with 19, Rachel Banham and Kionna Kellogg 11, and Micaella Riche, making just her 2nd career start, 10. Banham added 10 rebounds and 4 assists, Riche added 8 boards, and Buford 2 steals.
Player of the Day
Cayla McMorris scored 34 points to save Park Center from an upset big by Mpls. Roosevelt.
Coach of the Day
Michael Wright, Mpls. Roosevelt girls, really had his girls ready to play ball.