UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Minnesota women's basketball team used its best shooting performance of the season to secure a 91-71 road win at Penn State (10-8, 1-4 B1G) Wednesday night.
The Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 B1G) made 38 of 66 shots attempts, good for a 57.6 field goal percentage. Not only was that the best of the season for the team, but it was its highest total since head coach Marlene Stollings arrived on campus. Additionally, Minnesota registered a season-best 58.8 percent shooting from 3-point range, making 10 of 17 tries.
Senior Carlie Wagner registered her 100th career double-digit game as she posted a game-high 23 points. She was 9-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. It was her fourth game this year with at least five 3-pointers.
Wagner was one of three Gophers in double figures along with freshman Destiny Pitts (16) and sophomore Gadiva Hubbard (12).
Minnesota dominated in the paint, outscoring the Lady Lions 42-20. In addition, the Gophers' bench held a 28-12 scoring edge over Penn State.
The Gophers started strong offensively and defensively as they scored the first eight points of the game and forced the Lady Lions into missing their first six shots from the floor. Gadiva Hubbard (8) and Destiny Pitts (7) combined for 15 of the Gophers' 25 points as the team was 10-of-15 from the floor.
Minnesota used a 10-0 run early in the second quarter to extend its margin, which reached at least 19 points late in the first half. Wagner poured in 11 points in the quarter, highlighted by three 3-pointers. On the defensive end, Penn State was held to just 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent).
Balanced scoring from eight different Gophers saw the team outscore the Lady Lions 43-40 in the second half. Penn State never got within 15 points over the final two quarters.
- Minnesota has won five of six meetings against Penn State under Coach Stollings.
- With 23 points, Carlie Wagner recorded her 100th career game reaching double figures. She leads the team with 17 such games this season.
- The team's 48 points in the first half were its most during Big Ten play this year and its highest total in the last six games.
- Jessie Edwards' five field goals were a season high, while her 10 points tied a personal best for the year.
- Palma Kaposi set career highs in both points (6) and field goals made (3).
The Gophers play at Rutgers Saturday. The game will tipoff at 1 p.m. CT.
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