Jan. 17, 2013
The University of Minnesota (13-5, 2-2 B1G) women's basketball team had three players score in double-figures, which included 17 points each from Rachel Banham and Leah Cotton and 12 points from Shayne Mullaney, but suffered a, 75-67, loss at #12/11 Purdue (15-2, 4-0 B1G) Thursday night in Big Ten action from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Banham scored 15 of her team-best 17 points in the second half, while Cotton scored her season-high on 6-8 shooting from the floor and 5-7 shooting from the free throw line. Mullaney added team-highs with five assists and two steals to her point total.
Micaëlla Richéwas the Golden Gophers' top rebounder, pulling down 11 boards, including five offensive rebounds, to go along with eight points, one assist, one block and one steal.
Minnesota shot .375 (24-64) from the field and .762 form the free throw line, while the Boilermakers notched a .472 (25-53) field goal percentage and an .840 free throw percentage. Minnesota got 16 points off 14 Purdue turnovers and scored 12 second-chance points.
The Gophers trailed by eight points, 17-9, early in the contest, but a 7-0 run cut Purdue's lead to one point, 17-16, at the 9:10 mark thanks to baskets from Banham, Riché and a three-point play from Mullaney.
An 8-0 run from the home team would make the score, 28-20, at 5:47, and the Gophers would be able to cut the lead to five points at halftime, 38-33. Cotton scored six of her 17 total points in the final two minutes of the opening stanza.
Mullaney paced Minnesota in the first half with 10 points, three assists and two steals, while Riché was the Gophers' top rebounder with five boards. Three different players, Banham, Kayla Hirt and Kionna Kellogg, played limited minutes in the first half with three fouls apiece, while Katie Lobergwas charged with two fouls in the first 20 minutes of play.
As a team, the Maroon and Gold shot .419 (13-31) from the field, scoring 12 points off 10 Boilermaker turnovers, while adding bench points and 14 points in the paint. Purdue held the advantage on the boards, 20-10, in the first half and were sent to the free throw line 11 times.
Minnesota would fall down by as many as 13 points in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Gophers pulled to within eight points, 63-55, at 4:22 on a jumper by Kellogg. Another big run from the home team, however, put Minnesota down by 14, its largest deficit of the contest, at 2:56, which was a deficit too large for the Gophers to overcome.
Minnesota returns home Sunday to face Nebraska in a 5:00 p.m. contest at Williams Arena. The Gophers are looking to "Burst the Barn" in a white out game, where Pam Bortonwill donate $1,000 to five different charities should the attendance reach 5,000.
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