Carlie Wagner led the Golden Gophers to their first Big Ten road win in their first overtime game of the season at Nebraska. The junior guard scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers and key baskets late in the 79-69 victory.
Minnesota (12-11, 3-7 Big Ten) led by 11 at one point in the second quarter before the Cornhuskers (5-18, 1-10 Big Ten) trimmed the lead to one at halftime. Neither team held a double-digit advantage for the rest of regulation.
Wagner drove and scored twice late in the fourth quarter, but Jessica Shepard responded with baskets of her own both times. Minnesota's sideline inbounds pass with 1.9 seconds left went out of bounds, and Nebraska called timeout to advance the ball with 1.2 seconds left. The Huskers' last shot missed.
The Gophers controlled the overtime period from Wagner's first basket, and Nebraska shot 1-for-12 in the extra five minutes. Minnesota dominated the paint overall, outscoring Nebraska 42-22 inside. The Gophers had 46 rebounds to the Huskers' 44.
Kenisha Bell scored 13 points and Jessie Edwards added 12. Whitney Tinjum had nine rebounds and Wagner and Edwards had eight each.
Allie Havers led Nebraska with 18 points, and Jessica Shepard had 14.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter: Jasmine Brunson started out hot, driving for two baskets and making her second 3-pointer of the season. She scored seven of the Gophers' 13 points in the opening quarter as they trailed by one. Other than Brunson's triple, all Minnesota's first quarter points came in the paint.
Second Quarter: A three-point play from Bell off a steal gave Minnesota a 32-21 lead, its largest yet, at the 3:17 mark. Wagner earlier hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, and Edwards scored eight points in the second. Nebraska made three 3-pointers in the quarter and ended the half on a 12-2 run. The Gophers were up 34-33 at the break.
Third Quarter: Minnesota fell behind by four two separate times early in the third. Wagner made her first three shots of the half, including a pair of 3-pointers, to put the Gophers up 42-41 at the 5:40 mark. The Gophers led 52-48 after three quarters after Bell drove and scored with eight seconds left. Wagner scored 12 points in the third.
Fourth Quarter: Neither team pulled away. Minnesota led 60-56 at the under-5 media timeout. A Huskers free throw evened the game at 62 before Wagner and Shepard began trading baskets.
Overtime: The Gophers never trailed in the extra period. A Joanna Hedstrom 3-pointer for an eight-point lead at the 1:08 mark helped put the game away.
*Wagner passed Emily Fox (2005-09) for ninth place on Minnesota's career scoring list. She has 1,472 career points.
*Saturday marked Wagner's 77th career game scoring in double figures, tying Molly Tadich (1983-87) for fourth on the Gophers' all-time list.
*Taiye Bello added eight points, seven rebounds and two steals =in her second consecutive start.
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