The University of Minnesota women's basketball team had four players score in double figures as it beat Eastern Michigan 80-56 on Sunday. Bryanna Fernstrom shined for the Gophers (8-1) with a season-high 17 points off the bench, and added nine rebounds.
Also coming off the bench, Taiye Bello had a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Kenisha Bell had a game-high 18 points, and Carlie Wagner had 12.
Minnesota outrebounded the Eagles (2-5) 53-42 and outshot them 46.3 percent to 28.2 percent. Destiny Pitts led the Maroon and Gold in rebounding with 10. The Gophers had 26 assists on 31 field goals, including five apiece from Wagner, Pitts and Gadiva Hubbard.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter: Bell scored four of the Gophers' first six points as they took a lead. Wagner got a steal and layup, then made a transition 3-pointer on Minnesota's next possession to make it 13-2 with 6:30 to go in the quarter. She scored 10 points in the first. Fernstrom scored seven points, including a mid-range jumper and a three-point play. Minnesota led by as much as 15 but the Eagles' four 3-pointers helped then trim it to nine before Bello made a turnaround jumper late to make it 27-16.
Second Quarter: Minnesota was scoreless for the first few minutes of the second before Bello made a baseline jumper to go ahead 29-20. The Maroon and Gold scored 11 points in the second, but held the Eagles to even fewer, at eight, the lowest total for a Minnesota opponent this year. The Gophers led 38-24 at halftime, their lowest point total allowed in an opening half this season.
Third Quarter: The Gophers led by as much as 22 in the third. Bell had eight of their 17 points in the period.
Fourth Quarter: As Bello kept scoring, the Gophers pulled away from the Eagles even more. They continued to share the ball, and had assists on all 11 baskets during the fourth.
*Minnesota's 26 assists were a season high.
*The Gophers have outrebounded their last eight opponents.
*With her 91st career game scoring in double figures, Wagner moved into third place alone on Minnesota's career list in that category. She is one game ahead of Janel McCarville.
*Pitts has six double-digit rebound games as a freshman.
The Gophers are on the road for their next two contests, at Georgetown on Dec. 7 and at San Diego on Dec. 10. Minnesota's next home game will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 against Cal Poly at 12 p.m. It will be the team's field trip day with classes from local schools in attendance.
Women's Basketball Banquet Scheduled for April 9
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The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team will hold its team banquet and awards program on Monday, April 9.
Bell, Wagner Named All-Region Nominees
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Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell were each named as All-Region Nominees for the 2018 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America.
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