Kionna Kellogg posted a career-best 20 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the University of Minnesota (5-1) women's basketball team to a 80-62 win over James Madison (2-3) Friday afternoon at the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico. Kellogg's double-double was her first of the season and third of her career.
Along with Kellogg, Rachel Banham also scored 20 points for the Gophers. The sophomore guard added five assists, two steals and two rebounds. Micaëlla Riché also put together a solid performance for Minnesota, just missing her second double-double of the season with 15 points and nine rebounds.Minnesota shot .492 (29-59) in the contest and held the Dukes to a .282 (20-71) field goal percentage. The Gophers also outrebounded JMU, 51-37,
The Gophers got off to a slow start in the first half and trailed early 11-6. But, Minnesota continued to chip away at the Dukes' lead and a jumper by Shayne Mullaney at 12:31 evened the game at 14-14. From there, the Maroon and Gold would go on a 27-8 run to take a 19 point lead, 41-22, with just under two minutes to play in the half. JMU would score six unanswered points before the break to make the score 41-28 at halftime.
Riché had 11 points and five rebounds to pace the Gophers in the first half, while Minnesota shot .531 (17-32) as a team.
The Dukes would pull to within nine points of the Maroon and Gold twice in the second half, once at 11:23 and again at 10:24, but a 20-8 run by the Gophers, which was capped by layup from Kellogg, gave Minnesota its largest lead of the game, 80-59, with less than a minute to play. James Madison would add three more points before the final buzzer, but it was Minnesota who would walk away with the victory.
Minnesota closes out play in the Cancun Challenge vs. Missouri on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
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