Nov. 17, 2012
With Minnesota's win vs. Ohio in the opening round of the Subway Classic, the team improved to its record to 3-0 for the first time since 2007, when it opened the year with six-straight wins.
Pam Borton improved her record at Minnesota to 199-125 at Minnesota with the win vs. the Bobcats. The head coach needs only one win to reach No. 200 at the helm of the Gophers and to become the third active Big Ten head coach to have 200 or more wins at their current institution (Lisa Bluder-232-144, Jim Foster-261-70).
The Gophers had two impressive scoring runs in the first half. The first was a 13-0 run, while the second was a 24-0 run in which they held Ohio without a field goal for 12 minutes and 11 seconds.
Minnesota's defense held the Bobcats to only two field goals in the opening half.
The Gophers went into halftime with a program-record 44-point lead. Prior to Saturday, the largest lead Minnesota had ever held at halftime was 30 points vs. Detroit on Dec. 2, 2004.
The home team's 60 points tied for the fourth-most all-time for a Gopher squad in a single half of play.
The last time Minnesota scored 60 points in a half was exactly 11 years ago to the date vs. Butler (11/17/01). The Maroon and Gold would go on to win that game, 114-65.
Minnesota's defense held Ohio to a .095 field goal percentage in the first half.
Sari Noga posted career highs in three point field goals (3), free throw attempts (6), assists (4) and steals (3).
Noga also collected her 200th career point in the first half.
Shayne Mullaney tallied career highs in points (8), assists (8), rebounds (3), steals (2), field goals (4), field goal attempts (5), three point attempts (1) and minutes (24).
Rachel Banham was 7-9 from the field, including 4-5 from three-point range in the contest. In the first half, the sophomore guard was 6-7 from the floor and a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arch.
Freshman Jackie Johnson scored the first two points of her career at the 3:01 mark in the second half.
Fellow freshman Jane Thompson made her collegiate debut in the second half.
Junior Kionna Kellogg notched her 300th career point with a field goal at the 9:08 mark of the first half.
Senior Katie Loberg made her season debut after missing the first two games recovering from an injury.
Loberg scored her 600th career point at the 7:33 mark in the first half. She needs 11 rebounds to tally to reach the 400 rebounds milestone.
Courtside with Jasmine Brunson
GopherSports.com spoke with the freshman point guard as spring semester started at the U of M.
Game Preview: Illinois
The Gophers and Illini will meet at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Minnesota has beaten Illinois twice in a row.
Wagner on B1G Honor Roll
The guard turned in one of the Gophers' highest-scoring games of the past 15 years.