Some of you might remember that after the Creighton game I said the Gophers defense might be a bit of a problem. Since then Nebraska scored 84, at the Barn no less. And now, a mediocre Illinois (was 10-8) does better than that with 2:30 minutes left in the game and finishes with 91. The Gophers battled back from deficits of 31-19 and 58-45 and 77-63 to take an 82-81 lead with 4:11 remaining.
But the Illini scored on 6 of the last 10 possessions, while the Gophers scored on 2-of-10 and turned it over 4 times. Illinois finished up on a 10-4 run. If you can't get a defensive stop, it puts an awful lot of pressure on the offense, which played that way down the stretch.
Rachel Banham scored 37 with 3 assists and 2 blocks.