Gophers Halted by No. 17/20 Purdue's Hot Three-Point Shooting
Jan. 12, 2012
The University of Minnesota (10-8, 2-2 Big Ten) women's basketball team was halted by the hot three-point shooting of No. 17/20 Purdue (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) Thursday night as it fell to the Boilermakers, 72-55, in Big Ten Conference action at Williams Arena.
Purdue shot .517 from beyond the arch and connected on 15 three-pointers, led by Brittany Rayburn, who tied the NCAA Division I record with 12 three-pointers and finished the contest with a game-high 38 points.
Junior Katie Loberg scored a team-best 18 points in the loss for the Gophers, while collecting five rebounds and three blocks, and freshman Rachel Banham added her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Kionna Kellogg posted 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds off of the bench and Kiara Buford moved to No. 12 on Minnesota's all-time scoring register with eight points for the home team. The senior needed only two points heading into the contest with the Boilermakers to claim the No. 12 spot from former Gopher Ashley Ellis-Milan and now boasts 1,288 career points.
Purdue took an early, 13-4, advantage on Minnesota to open the contest after going 3-for-3 from three-point range, but the Gophers continued to chip away on the visitor's lead and pulled within four points, 15-11, with 11:41 to play in the first half. During the 7-2 run, the Maroon and Gold held the Boilermakers scoreless for six minutes.
A 20-11 run by Purdue would close out the half and send the Gophers into halftime trailing by 13 points, 35-22.
The two squads matched up evenly in the early minutes of the second half, but Minnesota was able to once again close the gap on the Boilermakers, 49-40, with 13:17 to play thanks to a 13-9 run capped off by a layup by Kellogg from Brianna Mastey.
The Gophers would pull within seven points of the visiting Boilermakers, 57-50, with 5:52 to play, but three three-pointers down the stretch by the visitors were too much for Minnesota to overcome.
The Gophers are back in action Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a Big Ten showdown with Michigan. The contest, which is set to be broadcast live on BTN, will get underway at 11:00 a.m. CT.