Late Run Pushes Minnesota Past Indiana, 73-62
Feb. 27, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Indiana women's basketball team fell on the road to Minnesota on Thursday night, 73-62, thanks in part to a late Gopher run inside Williams Arena.
Alexis Gassion led Indiana (18-10, 5-10) with 16 points and 11 rebounds to achieve her first career double-double. Karlee McBride added 11 points off the bench for IU. Taylor Agler added nine points with seven rebounds as Larryn Brooks also scored nine.
Indiana used a 6-0 run early to take its first lead of the game at 10-8 with a Tabitha Gerardot field goal at the 13:05 mark. Minnesota (18-11, 7-8) tied it right back before Brooks nailed a 3-point field goal to cap a 9-2 Hoosier run to give IU a 13-10 edge.
The Gophers fought back to take a 16-14 lead before McBride drove to the lane and dished to find an open Simone Deloach for a layup to tie it back up. Gassion followed with a trey on the next Hoosier possession to put IU back on top by three with 6:20 to go in the half.
Indiana clung to a 25-22 lead later in the half before Minnesota went on a quick 8-2 spurt to take a 30-27 advantage. Sasha Chaplin hit a layup with under a minute remaining as the Gophers went to the break with 30-29 lead.
Out of the break, Brooks scored the first field goal of the half to put IU up 31-30. After a pair of Gopher free throws, McBride nailed a trey and Milika Taufa hit a pair of free throws to push the IU lead to four with 16:28 left.
Later, back-to-back 3-pointers by Gassion and Agler made it a 53-48 IU lead with 7:47 to go.
Minnesota then went to work, stringing together an 18-1 run while holding IU without a field goal for 5:38 to take a 66-54 lead with 2:51 remaining. The Gophers never looked back.
With her nine points tonight, Larryn Brooks set a new IU freshman scoring record as she now has 456 points on the season.
Minnesota was led by freshman Amanda Zahui B. who tallied 26 points with 19 rebounds. Rachel Banham added 20 points for the Gophers.
IU shot just 30.6 percent from the field for the game and the Gophers outrebounded Indiana 53-47.
Indiana will wrap up the regular season on the road at Michigan State on Sunday, March 2. The game will tip at 6 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.
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