Gophers women dominate Buckeyes

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2013 - 10:14 PM

Rachel Banham, Micaella Riche led the way as Minnesota took an early, double-digit lead.

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nimrod888Jan. 10, 1310:33 PM

Taylor Who? Great job ladies.

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quitwhiningJan. 11, 13 4:34 AM

This was the best looking TEAM play that this group has shown in some time.They are playing better all the time. Keep it up, please..

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minneg56Jan. 11, 13 6:47 AM

With the success of both women's and men's sports program at U of M ... when are we going to see an article complimenting the great job ALL the U sports programs have done this school year? #1 in both women's and men's hockey top 10 ranking in men's b'ball - highly successful women's b'ball. For years all we read was how bad U of M athletics have been. Other than a major bowl game for the football club ... what more can be saked of U of M sports in genreal? GO GOPHERS! U of M athletics are likely at a historical peak!

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InformedOneJan. 11, 13 7:37 AM

This was a nice all around win with all of the starters putting up pretty nice stat lines (9 rebounds for Noga and close to a double double for both Riche and Kellogg). I must say it was gratifying to watch Riche and Kellogg take Adams and Moore out behind the woodshed (the Gophers posts looked quicker, more athletic, more multi-dimensional - just plain better). Although many people may be surprised by how complete this victory seemed to be, the Gophers were statistically the stronger team going into this game. Their RPI was higher (45 vs. 71), they played a stronger schedule (SOS 53 vs 65) and have 5 wins against the RPI top 100 vs Ohio States' one (Gonzaga 65). This was a team the Gophers really should have beaten - especially at home, missing Amber Stokes and with Taylor Hill coming off an illness. Surprising factoid - the Gophers are the only team in the league with 2 wins against RPI top 30 teams (Villanova, Creighton). Another nice thing about this victory is that it will probably place the Gopher' RPI around the 40 range which is an area that it hasn't been since Emily Fox was on the team. If the NCAA tournament started today, the Gophers would probably be in and Ohio State would be out. I can't remember a year when that's been the case. Go Gophers!

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InformedOneJan. 11, 13 7:53 AM

Great job by everyone last night and Riche and Kellogg absolutely dominated Adams and Moore in the post. The Gophers were actually the statistically stronger team going into this game (RPI 45 vs 71) and were playing against a depleted Ohio State lineup with Amber Stokes out and Taylor Hill sick. This was a game the Gophers really should have won, but it is nice to see them do it in the fashion that they did last night (the Gophers actually led by 25 at one point). The schedule doesn't get any easier as the Gophers have Sunday off and then go into Purdue next Thursday. If the Gophers start the season 5-4, they will probably have a good chance of getting to 9-7 because the next six games have a murderer's row of top teams - several on the road (@ Purdue, Nebraska, @ Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, @ Nebraska). Northwestern and @Indiana plus four home games make the last seven games of the schedule a little softer, but 9-7 is a tall order in the league this year. Go Gophers!

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efrik1Jan. 11, 13 8:37 AM

They handled them despite 1-11 3pt shooting. Go Gophs!

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efrik1Jan. 11, 13 9:19 AM

Oh, and Tayler will never work in this town......

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BCanniffJan. 11, 13 9:50 AM

Nice to see both men and women basketball and hockey teams doing well. Makes the long cold winter more bearable.

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raymondb62Jan. 11, 1310:52 AM

It was a great game last night but make no mistake, this OSU team is not the same team that they have been in the past. Their defense was severely compromised due to injuries (Stokes) and I've never seen an OSU team turn the ball over as much as those ladies did last night. Coach B once again leaned heavily on her starters for minutes and points but they got it done. Riche probably had to spend a lot of time in the ice bath after this game. She was getting pounded on in side by the OSU bigs (and I mean BIG) but credits to her for still getting her points and boards. I look forward to seeing how they match up to Purdue and Penn State!

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regionguyJan. 11, 1311:49 AM

I'm with you on this one, Raymondb62. Nice to get another win, of course, especially since the Gophers' shooting and rebounding was much improved over the previous couple of games. And they did take care of business in the first half. But in the second half they let a bad team back into it, and the last 5 minutes or so were very dicey. I don't agree with Coach B that they are "playing great basketball" at this point, while I think they will need to in upcoming games

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