Cast of many gives U women upset victory over Penn State

  • Article by: AARON PAITICH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2013 - 6:38 AM

Micaella Riche, Sari Noga and Rachel Banham led the Gophers past the Big Ten conference leader and No. 7 team in the country.

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krzyktMar. 1, 13 1:02 AM

Great win! This team has been competive in virtually every Big Ten game except vs. Nebraska. Just haven't been able to finish strong the last minute or so. Definitely did that last night.

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InformedOneMar. 1, 13 2:30 AM

This was a very impressive win for this team, but it was only a matter of time before they poked through against Penn State. They had been close in four of the last five contests (including last year's B1G tournament) so it was only a matter of time - I'm glad it happened on senior night! This was not an issue of Pennn State playing poorly, it was just the Gophers playing better. I'll admit, they were shooting out of their heads and you can't expect these types of percentages on a regular basis but Riche, Banham, Mullaney, Noga and Kellogg (the starting five next year) showed why a league that's graduating a lot of key players this year should be wary of this team next season. Mullaney was money at the line down the stretch and continues to play better than a freshmen should. Banham made critical plays at key times to keep the Gophers in control (loved the four point play right after Lucas' to begin the second half). Riche scored early and schooled Nikki Greene on the inside for the most part while Noga played outstanding D on Lucas and never let her get in a rhythm despite her point total (oh, and the 6 three pointers were nice, too). Kellogg was the weakest link and still had a nice game overall. Nice win, ladies! No letdowns against Indiana this Sunday and let's get one win to start the B1G tourney so a rubber match against Penn State in the second round can prove that this was no fluke. Go Gophers!

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nomedsMar. 1, 13 7:24 AM

Yes, they won because of their shooting, but that isn't going to be the case every game. They will need to protect the ball much better. It seems they continue to commit over 20 turnovers every game.

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railroadMar. 1, 13 7:35 AM

Refs sucked in this game...

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gopherguy79Mar. 1, 13 8:52 AM

Great effort, and great win. I don't get to watch many of the Women's games, but this was a good game to watch. I see Coach Borton went to the Tubby Smith school of successful inbounds plays, but the team survived. And I agree, this was a brutal night for the refs. Very poor game management. That many reviews, taking that much time, on plays they should have had their eyes on in the first place.

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regionguyMar. 1, 1310:38 AM

Fine win, thanks to lights-out shooting: has a Gopher team ever shot better in a Big Ten game? Ironically, PSU's game was eerily like most of Minnesota's this season: have their big gun take a lot of shots, and lose when her percentage is low, especially on 3-pointers. I agree on the turnovers, though. Let's hope this is a turnaround for the team.

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hobie2Mar. 1, 1310:39 AM

Way to go, ladies!

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KarlyleMar. 1, 1311:25 AM

This game became unwatchable because of the refs! What were they doing taking over 20 minutes for monitor reviews??? They were as bad as Borton's in bounds plays(lack of) The real Borton will have her highlights, but not nearly a good enough coach for sustained success.......just like Tubby!

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raymondb62Mar. 1, 13 2:53 PM

This game reminded me of the Villanova-Gtown championship back in the 80's. EZ Ed Pickney and Nova shot lights out to beat the stronger Patrick Ewing led Hoyas team. The ladies just shot out of their minds and were able to overcome wretched ballhandling and abbysmal officiating to pull off a stunner. Great game!

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15octoberMar. 1, 13 5:02 PM

A coach that's worth their pay is one who has their players performing like a team the last 5 minutes of a game. Pam B. and Tubby S. are both the worst in the Big ten and maybe worse than that.

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