Gophers women beat Miami in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

  • Article by: BRYCE EVANS Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 6:30 AM

The Gophers scored 42 first-half points on 61 percent shooting before holding on for the victory.

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sloughfoxDec. 6, 13 1:47 AM

too much speed??? very doubtful. more likely the florida women stepped off the bus and were frozen in awe of other women who not merely survived here but also PLAYED BASKETBALL!!! also, as someone of swedish heritage, whose swedish-american grandfather played in 1912, whose namesake won a state title, and who personally played till 50 mn high school plus pickup serious mens basketball with numerous fellow swedish-american teammates---what in heavens name happened to the pivot-foot rules back in the old country?????

InformedOneDec. 6, 13 6:09 AM

At about the 4 Minute mark of the first half I thought that the Gophers might actually drop 100 on Miami, but at about that point the Miami coach gave the players a tongue-lashing and it was impressive the way the Miami team responded. Miami really ramped-up their intensity after that point and may have even won the game if they had shot better. Given all the adversity the Gophers faced (Noga going 0-fer and going to the bench with 4 fouls late, Hirt's jumper not falling, Zahui fouling out with 12 min left, Banham sitting with 4 fouls for about 6 minutes late in the second) against quality competition, this is a very solid win for the program. While Zahui B. was dominant in the first half and Banham really closed the door late, Riche was the player of the game in my opinion. She was rock-solid during the dangerous stretch from when Banham (and Noga) sat after Zahui B. had fouled out to Banham's return. You could feel the team leaning heavily on her for leadership and she responded big-time (Noga shouting encouragement while she was at the line sticks out in my mind). The Hawaii OT loss really hurts at this point as the Gophers would probably have been pushing national ranking after this win if they had pulled that one off. Anyway, Gophers should handle North Dakota this Sunday before going into finals 9-2 then come back for three games against UCLA, Auburn, and Oakland before starting B1G play. 12-2 with four victories against BCS conference opposition would look good on the resume. Go Gophers!

raymondb62Dec. 6, 13 8:52 AM

The ladies did perservere despite some withering defense from Miami int he second half. But let's be realistic, the tallest Miami starter was only 6' and the Miami coach chose to play her straight up so Zahui just backed her defender down everytime. When MIami decided to go to a press defense with double teams down low, Zahui's scoring dried up. What baffles me is Coach B's decision to go almost exclusively with Riche and HIrt after Zahui fouled out. I can guarentee that once the B1G season starts, Zahui and Riche are going to be in foul trouble almost every game because teams are going to target them. Coach B is going to need Johnson to be able to step up in those situations but she's not giving her much floor time to build her skills.

ladylooDec. 6, 13 3:28 PM

Nice Win. But please get rid of those goofy long pants…Look like ill-fitting long john's

notsidDec. 6, 13 5:20 PM

Nice first half but the half-time adjustments by the Miami coach nearly brought a win for her team. The wheels fell off of the Gophers for most of the second half as they allowed themselves to be trapped time after time in the corners, something that most high school teams learn not to do. I do give them credit for the win even though the talent and coaching on and by the Miami team nearly earned a win for the Hurricanes.

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