Emily Fox not only collected her 1,000 career point, she played big in all aspects of the game in leading Minnesota to a 63-48 victory in Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Sunday. With the win, the Golden Gophers earned their 20th victory (20-10) of the season and secured a bye in the Big Ten Tournament. The Gophers finished in a tie with Purdue for third-place in the Big Ten standings with an 11-7 record.
Fox, who now has 1,009 career points, led the Gophers with 17 points. She added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Katie Ohm shared scoring honors with 17 points, 12 of them on four three-pointers.
A Korrinne Campbell lay-in as time expired pulled the Gophers into a 27-27 tie after the first half of play. Minnesota kicked off the second half with an 11-0 run, in which Ohm scored five points, to take control of the game. Ohm’s jumper with 15:06 remaining gave the Gophers a 38-27 lead.
Despite Michigan getting in the bonus with 13:20 left and the double bonus with 11:43 remaining, the Gophers’ lead never fell below eight points. The Wolverines could only take advantage of 8-of-15 free throws in the second half, while their offense struggled shooting just 26.1 percent in the half.
Minnesota maintained its advantage by shooting 51.7 percent in the second half. Ohm scored 13 of her 17 points in the second stanza, while Leslie Knight added eight of her 10 points after the half as well.
Ohio State and Iowa both captured a piece of the Big Ten title with wins on Sunday.
Minnesota was awarded the No. 4 seed for next weekend’s Big Ten Conference Tournament and will face No. 5 Michigan State on Friday in the quarterfinal round.