Gophers women lose lead at buzzer, fall at Hawaii in overtime

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  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 1:38 AM

Tournament MVP Rachel Banham gave the Gophers a lead in the final seconds, only to see the Rainbow Wahine tie it up at the end of regulation.

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mattgeurtsDec. 2, 1312:41 AM

This game was so BLATANTLY ref'd one sided! 22 fouls were called on our Gophers compared to only 11 against Hawaii! There were some VERY QUESTIONABLE calls going against Minnesota and a LOT of "no-calls" which SHOULD have been called against Hawaii! Home-town Ref's on STEROIDS! The Ref's cost Minnesota the game. It is hard to win 5 against 8!

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krzyktDec. 2, 13 2:04 AM

I agree, Matt. Our announcers are usually pretty reluctant to talk about the officiating but this sounded beyond ridiculous. 21 free throw points vs. 7 is pretty tough to overcome. Always sad to see the officials decide the outcome of the game instead of the players.

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InformedOneDec. 2, 13 5:56 AM

I agree that the officiating was abysmal but despite the poor officiating the Gophers had their opportunities to win this one and really should have been able to get more points in the paint with Zahui. I had a bad feeling about the overtime session - you could see the air come out of the Gophers like a punctured tire when the opposing player hit that circus three. Really, Hawaii played about as well as they could on their home floor(8-13 from 3 for a team that usually shoots 27% from behind the arc) and just had more energy in OT (and some VERY friendly calls) - we should give them some credit. However, being outrebounded by a team that you outsize in the center position by 3-5 inches with two PFs at 6'2" is hard to justify. Banham continues to make a statement for moving up on her various watch lists (Wade, Naismith Trophies, etc.) by scoring 85 points in 3 days. If you include 11/24 and 11/26 games against Navy and Loyola, Banham has scored 120 points in 8 days (I don't know who keeps stats on these types of things but I'm sure that's pushing some kind of record). Unfortunately, every time the Gophers have a chance to make a statement road win to put them on the national radar they seem to fall (first at Creighton, now Hawaii). Good tournament overall by the Gophers, though. The silver lining is continued improvement of Kayla Hirt - they will need her to continue her upward swing as the B1G season wears on given the thin bench. Here's to hoping the Gophers can shake this one off and thump Miami on Thursday. Go Gophers!

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krzyktDec. 2, 13 8:20 AM

Nice recap Informed One. Agree with most of what you say. Yes, we could have rebounded better and had more points in the paint. However, without the 17 point free throw differential and the lucky banked 3-point buzzer beater, we had the game won easily. I definitely agree that we need more points from Amanda. She is too big to be settling for jump shots when she could easily take it to the basket. She also need to stay around for more offensive rebounds instead of taking off for the other end of the court. That will all come with a little more experience. Not sure how long Bailey will be out but it's appearing it'll be quite a while yet. Sure could use another guard coming off the bench.

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raymondb62Dec. 2, 13 2:16 PM

I didn't get to listen to the game but in looking at the box score, I can understand how we might have lost it in overtime. The starters were playing heavy minutes in the third game in three days; it would be remarkable if they weren't gassed. I think McDaniels and Hedstrom can give us productive minutes off the bench if Coach B would ever play them consistently. And as short as our front court is, why is Johnson not able to get a whiff of floor time?? Has anyone heard why Bailey is out?? Is it an injury or illness?

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regionguyDec. 3, 13 7:46 AM

Unlike last year, Banham has been shooting well percentage-wise from the field of late. Was surprised to see her struggle from the FT line in this one, though: she is usually lights-out at the line.

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