Watch the Gophers This Sunday!
Kenisha Bell and Destiny Pitts each recorded double-doubles as the Gophers cruised to a 90-63 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats to open Big Ten play.
This is the third game that Bell and Pitts recorded a double-double the same day. They also did so against Boston College and VCU this season. Bell finished with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals (a Minnesota high for Bell.) Pitts finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She went 6-10 from behind the arc.
Carlie Wagner and Gadiva Hubbard also hit double-digit scoring figures. The Gophers have had four players reach double-digits in three straight games. Wagner’s 16-point night puts her fifth all-time on the Gophers career scoring list. She passed Linda Roberts and now has 1,857 career points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First quarter: The first quarter was the Bell show for Minnesota. She notched 10 points going 4-8 from the field and 2-2 from the line. Northwestern jumped out to an early lead but the Gophers were able to cut into it behind Bell’s strong performance. The Wildcats took a 19-16 lead into the second quarter.
Second quarter: The Gophers came out attacking in the second quarter. They forced a first possession turnover and went on a roll from there. Pitts connected four times from behind the arc and Wagner hit a pair of threes on her way to a 10-point quarter. The Maroon and Gold scored 31 second quarter points and pushed their lead to 10 at the half.
Third quarter: Bell started off the second half with a bang. She scored on three straight possessions forcing Northwestern to call an early timeout. Halfway through the quarter Hubbard connected on a three and a layup on back-to-back possessions. The scores put her into double-digits giving the Gophers a third straight game with four players in double-digit scoring figures. The Gophers held a 69-52 lead into the final quarter of play.
Fourth quarter: Both Bell and Pitts hit theirdouble-doubles in the fourth quarter and Wagner moved into fifth all-time on the Gophers career scoring list on a baseline score. Bell has now scored at least 20 points in five straight games. Jessie Edwards had a strong fourth quarter making a pair of trips to the line. She finished with seven points and six rebounds.
• The Gophers move to 12-2 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten play.
• The Gophers hit 10 threes. They came into the night averaging 9.2 three-point field goals per game which ranked second in the B1G and 24th in the nation.
• Pitts has now recorded double-digit scoring figures in eight games this season.
•Bell recorded five steals. Previously the highest amount of steals she recorded in the Maroon and Gold was four. She had a career high eight steals at Marquette.
The Gophers return home to end 2017 against Nebraska on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
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