2002-03 NCAA Tournament - Sweet Sixteen
2002-03 Golden Gophers - NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Front Row (kneeling L-R): Team manager Nettasha Daniels, Shannon Schonrock, Lindsay Whalen, Corrin Von Wald, Lindsay Lieser, Trish McGhee, Kim Nelson, team manager Julie Schmitz. Back Row: Head coach Pam Borton, assistant coach Melissa McFerrin, director of operations Brian Frye, Tanisha Gilbert, Shannon Bolden, Christina Collison, Kim Prince, Janel McCarville, Kadidja Andersson, Leslie Hill, manager Randi Gibbons, assistant coach Danielle O'Banion, assistant coach David Stromme.
Minnesota 68, Tulane 48
March 22, 2003
NCAA Tournament First Round
Minnesota advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 68-48 victory over Tulane in action played in Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. Lindsay Whalen led all scorers with 18 points, all of them scored in the second half. Freshman point guard Shannon Schonrock played all 40 minutes and tied a career-high with 12 points. Kadidja Andersson was the third Gopher in double figures, scoring 10 points. The 48 points scored by Tulane is a season-low for the Gopher defense. Tulane shot just 38.2 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times. Minnesota shot 54.3 percent from the floor but a tight Green Wave defense forced the Gophers into 20 turnovers of their own. After foul trouble placed Gopher starter Corrin Von Wald on the bench for the final 13 minutes of the first half, Tulane took advantage and grabbed a 28-27 lead at the half. Minnesota struggled with Tulane's tight defense, turning the ball over 12 times. Whalen struggled as well, going scoreless and taking just three shots from the field. Seven other Gophers scored, led by Schonrock, who tallied eight first-half points. Tulane extended their lead to 30-27 before the Gophers hit their next six shots. Back-to-back Whalen three-pointers started an 8-0 run that broke a 35-35 tie and provided the Gophers with an eight-point lead at 43-35. A Whalen steal and layup with 10:48 remaining gave Minnesota a double-digit lead that the Gophers would not relinquish. Minnesota made 14-of-24 field goal attempts (58.3 percent) in the second half.
Minnesota 68, Stanford 56
March 24, 2003
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Corrin Von Wald led four Golden Gophers in double-figures scoring as No. 6-seeded Minnesota upset No. 3-seeded Stanford, 68-56, on its home court to advance to its first Sweet 16 in school history. Von Wald scored 19 points, including a clutch 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line in the second half. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points and six assists. Shannon Schonrock matched her career high for the second straight game with 12 points. Kadidja Andersson chipped in 11. A Von Wald jumper with five seconds left in the first half gave the Gophers a 31-29 lead and the momentum at intermission. The Gopher defense held Stanford scoreless in the first five minutes of the second half while building a 10-point lead on an offensive putback by Janel McCarville. She finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. Stanford (27-5) fought back to within a point at 50-49 with 7:23 left on a three-pointer by T'Nae Thiel but the Gophers would not fold, going on an 8-0 run over the next five minutes. Minnesota made 10-of-12 free throws in the final minute of the game to secure the victory. The win broke Stanford's 26-game winning streak in Maples Pavilion.
Texas 73, Minnesota 60
March 30, 2003
NCAA Tournament West Region Semifinal
Minnesota saw its finest season in school history come to an end with a 73-60 loss to second-seeded Texas in the West Region semifinal in Stanford, Calif. Reserve center Kim Prince led the Gophers with 15 points. The Gophers trailed by as many as eight points late in the first half and by a 34-28 margin at halftime they used a 13-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half to capture a 41-39 lead. The next four and a half minutes proved to be crucial. The Longhorns went on a 10-0 run, while the Gophers missed four shots and committed three turnovers. A free throw by Kadidja Andersson broke the scoring drought with 10:51 remaining bringing Minnesota back to within four points at 46-42. Texas reserve Nina Norman hit a huge three-pointer in the Longhorns' next possession to recapture the momentum. The Gophers closed within three points on several occasions, the biggest at the 7:42 mark when Lindsay Whalen found Janel McCarville for a driving layup, drawing Texas All-American Stacy Stephens' fourth foul. McCarville missed the free throw and Andersson hauled in the rebound but missed the putback. The teams exchanged baskets in their next possessions, with a Whalen layup cutting Texas' lead to 55-52. It would be as close as Minnesota would get the rest of the way. Texas scored consecutive baskets, the second by Heather Schreiber with 6:26 remaining would turn out to be the last field goal the Longhorns needed. Texas made 14-of-16 free throws from that point on to secure the victory. The Gophers held Texas center Stephens to just eight points and five rebounds before fouling out in the second half.