Gophers Defeat Warriors in Exhibition, 82-44

Oct. 29, 2013

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota women's basketball team defeated Winona State in an exhibition game at Williams Arena, 82-44, on Tuesday night.

Redshirt freshman center Amanda Zahui B. led the Golden Gophers to the 38-point win by finishing with 28 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks in front of a crowd of 2,168 at The Barn. Junior guard Rachel Banham added 13 points, six assists and three steals, while sophomore forward Jackie Johnson had 12 points and six boards for the Gophers.

Minnesota jumped out to a 43-19 lead at the half, holding Winona State to just 6-of-28 (.214) field goals. For the game, the Warriors were limited to just 23.7 percent (14-of-59) on field goals, which included going 10-of-40 from beyond the arc. WSU was led by guard Abby Busch, who had 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out midway through the second half.

“It was good to get some of the jitters out, and to allow the coaches to see what our team looks like this time of the year," Minnesota head coach Pam Borton said. "I was pleased with their defensive effort, until halfway through the second half, and our inside-outside game was good. Rachel (Banham) and Jo (Joanna Hedstrom) really controlled the tempo of the game. Our defense is coming, but it’s a good start in October.”

Minnesota connected on 30-of-56 (.536) field goals, including 5-of-12 (.417) three-point attempts. Paced by Zahui and Johnson, the Gophers held a 48-35 advantage in rebounding. Sophomore guard/forward Kayla Hirt added five boards to go along with five points. Hedstrom had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in her first collegiate game.

The Gophers play their second exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 2, welcoming Minnesota State Moorhead to The Barn for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff. For ticket information, visit mygophersports.com, or call 612.624.8080 or 1.800.U.GOPHER.