Gophers Drop Contest at Creighton
Nov. 16, 2013
Sophomore Rachel Banhammoved her double-digit scoring streak to 19 games and moved into the No. 13 spot on Minnesota's all-time scoring chart, but it was not enough as the University of Minnesota (2-1) women's basketball team dropped its first contest of the season to Creighton (2-1), 63-52, Saturday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Banham and redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B. each scored 14 points to lead the Golden Gophers offensively, while Zahui and Micaëlla Riché paced the team with eight rebounds apiece. Sari Nogaalso had a solid outing for the Maroon and Gold with nine points and seven rebounds.
Minnesota outshot the Bluejays, .455-.387 and also held the advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Bluejays, 37-28. But, Creighton connected on 11 of its 36 three-point attempts to account for 33 points and the Gophers committed 22 miscues that turned into 23 points for the home team.
Turnovers by the Gophers and hot three-point shooting from the Bluejays put Minnesota in a 14-point hole at the end of the first half. Minnesota turned the ball over 15 times in the stanza, with the Bluejays turning the Gophers' miscues into 18 points. The home team also connected on seven three-point field goals to account for 21 of its 36 points in the half.
After falling down by 12 points, Noga hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull Minnesota within six points at 4:26, but the Bluejays would close out the half with a 12-4 run to put the Gophers behind, 22-36, at the buzzer.
Banham was Minnesota's points leader through the first 20 minutes of play with eight points, while Riche was the Gophers' top rebounder with six boards.
Zahui B. was charged with two fouls midway through the first half and was forced to the bench for the remainder of the stanza, but the center once again stepped up for the Gophers in the second half, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds.
The center helped Minnesota cut Creighton's lead to seven on a put-back at 5:49 and Mullaney cut it to eight points with a layup at 3:04, but the Gophers were not able to pull any closer to the Bluejays, as they fell to 2-1 on the year.
The Gophers return to Williams Arena for a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday vs. Kansas at 7:00 p.m. Minnesota will host Navy on Sunday, Nov. 24 and Loyola Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 26.