Spartans too much for Minnesota women down stretch

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  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 6:22 AM

The Gophers were outscored 28-12 after taking their only second-half lead.

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InformedOneJan. 3, 1311:30 PM

While I would have been pleasantly surprised if the Gophers had won this one on the road, they really let this one get away down the stretch. Watching Hines inside was painful and the way she was able to constantly convert when she got the ball down low makes me apprehensive about the post play going into the rest of the season. To be fair, the Gophers scored the most points against Michigan State at home all season, but just too many missed shots by everybody to win this type of game on the road. Honestly, the Spartans non-conference schedule was not actually weaker than the Gophers so I was hoping that this game would look more like the Villanova game than the Kansas one. Gophers can't afford to let winable games like this get away with regularity this season. Tough loss ladies. Let's go take one on the road against Wisconsin on Sunday. Go Gophers!

krzyktJan. 4, 13 3:23 AM

I share some of your same thoughts InformedOne. This might have actually been a good road game for our kids to have to start with. Proved to them that they have to play much better defense if they're going to beat the top 5 teams in the conference on the road. On a positive note, we missed an awful lot of bunnies so we were, at least, getting good looks. Regarding defense in the post, Riche gets herself in foul trouble with stupid fouls so she's unable to be effective inside for fear of drawing another foul. Post players will keep going at her until she figures out how to be tough inside without fouling. I know they stress this with her in practice so, hopefully, the light bulb will go on soon. And Hirt still has a lot of catching up to do in the defense department so she can help out inside. I look for the team to come back strong with a solid win at Wisconsin.

raymondb62Jan. 4, 13 8:13 AM

I didn't get a chance to listen to the game so it's hard to say what went wrong in the second half but in looking at the box score it's not hard to imagine that the starters just plain ran out of steam by the end of the game. The bench only accounted for 33 minutes and 7 points of production putting that much more pressure on the starters. I know it's hard for Coach B to trust the bench when they have not been very productive, but they still need to get the minutes in order to get into a rhythm and start being productive.

regionguyJan. 4, 1310:43 AM

Both teams looked pretty bad in the first half, but let's face it: the Gophers got taken to the woodshed in terms of both shooting and rebounding. The young but touted guard tandem went 10-for-30 from the field, and that is not going to get it done in the Big Ten.

olcoach73Jan. 4, 13 1:17 PM

Appreciate the insights of informed one, krzykt and raymond. Been a fan of Gopher women's hoops since the days of LW. Rely on you folks for inside stuff. Thanks.

notsidJan. 4, 13 1:35 PM

Looks like another .500 conference season at best for the Gophers.

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