Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Big Game Sunday, January 6, 2013

That was unexpected. What is that?

A win by the Gopher women at rebuilding Wisconsin--now without their best player, Taylor Wurtz, who is out for the season with an injury? No, that much was expected. But, a road win or a win anywhere and against anybody in which Rachel Banham scored zero FG? Not expected, but that's what happened.

And a win by the Gopher men over Northwestern at the Barn? That is always expected. But a win in which the Gophers scored 17 points in the 1st half? Not so much. But the Gophers charged out from a 17-14 half-time lead to 42-23 and ultimately to a 69-51 win. Austin Hollins led Gophers' scorers with 19 points. 12 Gophers saw playing time and all 12 got into the scoring column.

As for the women, Mikaela Riche and Kayla Hirt picked up some of the slack with 14 and 12 points, and Banham made 9-of-10 FT, 8 of the makes in the 2nd half. The final was 60-55.

Player of the Day: Austin Hollins. Coach of the Day: Tubby Smith.

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