2001-02 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
2001-02 Golden Gophers - NCAA Tournament Second Round
Row 1 (L-R): Trish McGhee, Ozlem Piroglu, Leslie Hill, Kim Bell, Kadidja Andersson, Corrin Von Wald, Ebba Hemberg. Row 2: Julie Schmitz (Mgr.), Erica Floyd (Asst. Coach), Jeff Walz (Asst. Coach), Brenda Oldfield (Head Coach), Mark Pearson (Dir. of Operations), Marsha Freese (Asst. Coach), Randi Gibbons (Mgr.). Row 3: Jenny MacKay, Lindsay Lieser, Kim Nelson, Kim Prince, Janel McCarville, Tanisha Gilbert, Lindsay Whalen.
Minnesota 71, UNLV 54
March 16, 2002
NCAA Tournament First Round
Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Golden Gophers used a healthy dose of defense and the scoring of its All-American guard Lindsay Whalen (right) to capture a 71-54 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., Whalen poured in 29 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line, but it was the Gopher post defense that that the tempo of the game. Kadidja Andersson and Janel McCarville shut down UNLV All-American Linda Frohlich, limiting the 6-2 senior to nine points, under half of her season average of 20.9 points per game. Frohlich was held scoreless in the second half and finished the game hitting just four of 14 field goals attempts. The 54 points scored by the Lady Rebels was also the best defensive effort of the season for the Gophers. Andersson scored the game's first bucket on a layup and the Gophers never trailed. The score was tied at 6-6 before Minnesota scored eight consecutive points and never looked back. The Gophers grabbed a 29-13 lead on an Ebba Hemberg jumper followed by a Frohlich three-pointer, her fine points of the game with 9:20 left in the first half. Minnesota went on to take a 37-24 halftime lead. Minnesota's lead was never seriously threatened in the second half. A three-pointer by Lindsay Lieser, her fourth of the game, game the Gophers their biggest lead of the game at 54-32 with 10:29 to play. All 12 Golden Gophers in uniform got into the ballgame in the waning minutes.
North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69
March 18, 2002
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Minnesota women's basketball team was defeated by North Carolina, 72-69, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., on March 18. The Golden Gophers end their dream season with a 22-8 record. The Gophers were led by Lindsay Whalen, who scored 31 points and dished out seven assists. Corrin Von Wald added 14 points. Janel McCarville, despite playing just 26 minutes because of foul trouble, pulled down 12 rebounds. Minnesota held its last lead at 69-68 on a Whalen layup with 1:54 left to play. North Carolina's Candance Sutton scored the deciding basket on a lay-in at 1:38. Crystal Baptist's rebound basket with 17 seconds left secured the victory. A last-second three-pointer by Whalen fell short. The Gophers had everything go their way early in the game. Whalen hit a trio of three-pointers in the game's first seven minutes to give Minnesota a 21-7 lead. The momentum began to swing the Tar Heels way when McCarville picked up her second four with eight minutes left in the first half. With McCarville on the bench, North Carolina went inside the paint and chipped away at the Gopher lead. The Gophers were forced to bring back McCarville, hoping she wouldn't pick up another first-half foul, but that's exactly what happened with 4:18 before intermission. After that point, North Carolina closed the half on a 9-4 run, yet the Gophers still clung to a 37-36 lead at halftime. The second half was a game of runs, with the Gophers seemingly answering each rush by the Tar Heels, but North Carolina's seven second-half three-pointers made the difference in the game.
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Courtside with Kenisha Bell
The Gophers assists leader and one of the team's top scorers, Bell has returned to the court where she played state tournament games.