2004-05 NCAA Tournament - Sweet Sixteen
2004-05 Golden Gophers - NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Front Row (L-R): Kelly Roysland, Katie Alsdurf, April Calhoun, Shannon Schonrock, Janel McCarville, Shannon Bolden, Brittney Davis, Hannah Garry, Leslie Knight. Middle Row (L-R): Moira Novak (athletic trainer), Barb Smith (assoc. head coach), Dave Stromme (asst. coach), Liz Podominick, Christina Collison, Natasha Williams, Jamie Broback, Lauren Lacey, Pam Borton (head coach), Danielle O'Banion (asst. coach), Brian Frye (dir. of operations). Back Row (L-R): Lindsey Jaede, Heidi Norby, Chris Norman, Kacie Carlson, Becky Netland, Brynn Hanken (managers).
Minnesota 64, St. Francis 33
March 19, 2005
NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 12/12 Minnesota held St. Francis (Pa.) without a field goal for the last 11 minutes of the game to record a 64-33 victory in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in front of 11,312 fans in Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers, the Tournament's No. 3 seed, improved to 25-7 overall, and will meet No. 6 seed Virginia. Jamie Broback battled foul trouble and played only 20 minutes but still led the Gophers with 17 points. Broback was 7-of-10 from the field. Janel McCarville added a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. McCarville collected a season-high five blocks to set a new school record with 195. Shannon Schonrock hit a three-pointer in the Gophers' first possession as Minnesota led the entire game. The Gophers shot 45.8 percent in the first half and took a 10-point lead on a fast-break lay-up by April Calhoun with 5:39 left in the half. St. Francis (21-10) scored five straight points, including a triple by Christin Black, to chip the Gophers' lead to five points at 22-17 with 4:12 before intermission. It would turn out to be the last basket of the first half for the Red Flash and the first to two long droughts without a field goal. A McCarville basket gave Minnesota a 24-17 lead at halftime with the 17 points matching last year's first half versus Kansas State for an NCAA Tournament low for points allowed by the Gopher defense. The Gophers' potent one-two punch of McCarville and Broback in the low post took over the game in the beginning of the second half. The duo scored the first 12 points of the half for the Gophers. Three minutes into the half the Gophers led by 17 points after a Broback lay-up. Field goals were few and far between for the Red Flash in the second half. The team made just four in 20 attempts with St. Francis' last basket coming off a Black jumper with 11:38 remaining. The Red Flash scored their final eight points on free throws. Minnesota shot much better in the second half, hitting on 55.6 percent of its field goal attempts to finish at 51.0 percent for the game. All 13 Gophers in uniform played with 11 of them adding to the scoring column. Kelly Roysland came off the bench to contribute seven points. April Calhoun's lucky number was six, collecting six points, six rebounds and six assists. The 33 points scored by St. Francis is the lowest point total allowed by the Gophers during the NCAA era, bettering the 34 points scored by Detroit earlier this season. The 33 points also ties for the second-lowest point total in NCAA Tournament history.
Minnesota 73, Virginia 58
March 21, 2005
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Jamie Broback scored 23 points and three other Golden Gophers finished in double figures as No. 12/12 Minnesota earned its third consecutive trip to the Sweet 16 with a 73-58 victory over Virginia. "We feel very fortunate to beat a very good Virginia basketball team," said Golden Gopher head coach Pam Borton. "We give them a lot of credit, they made us earn this one." Janel McCarville tied a Minnesota career record with her 48th career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, but the Gopher All-American spent plenty of time on the bench with foul trouble. "Our kids showed a lot of courage and teamwork when Janel went out in the first half, we weathered the storm," added Borton. Virginia (21-11) came into the game shooting just over 28 percent form three-point range as a team but hit four early triples to take a 17-12 lead. The Cavaliers seemed to have to the momentum when McCarville picked up her second foul and headed to the bench with 9:32 left in the half. Liz Podominick took McCarville's place in lineup and the Gopher defense responded in brilliant fashion, clamping down on the Virginia shooters, not allowing another attempt from behind the three-point arc in the half. Meanwhile, the Gopher offense fed off the defensive stand and put together a 13-3 run with five different Minnesota players chipping in points. The Gophers held a 34-28 lead at intermission with McCarville scoring just two points. Minnesota and McCarville came out firing to start the second half. McCarville scored a three-point play the first time she touched the ball. Broback added a lay-up in the next possession as the Gophers began to take control of the game. An 8-0 Virginia run, fueled by six points by Sharnee Zoll, brought the Cavaliers to within five points at 43-38 with 15:05 remaining. The Gophers once again answered, scoring 10 straight points, capped off by a three-pointer by Shannon Bolden. The Gopher lead swelled to as big as 21 points on a McCarville lay-up with 5:31 left in the game. Virginia chipped the lead to 12 late but Shannon Schonrock's third three-pointer of the game iced the victory. In addition to Broback and McCarville in double figures, Schonrock added 11 points and Bolden 10. April Calhoun scored just one point but tallied a career-high eight rebounds and tied another career best with seven assists. The 26 wins is the most for the Golden Gopher program during the NCAA era (since 1982-83).
Baylor 64, Minnesota 57
March 26, 2005
NCAA Tournament Tempe Region Semifinal
Minnesota's dream of a return trip to the Final Four ended in the round of the Sweet 16 with a 64-57 loss to Baylor in the Tempe Regional semifinal in Tempe, Ariz. The Golden Gophers completed their season with the best overall record in the NCAA era, compiling a 26-8 record. The second-seeded Lady Bears (30-3) built a 13-3 lead eight minutes into the game. The Gophers missed their first seven shots and committed three turnovers before Liz Podominick scored Minnesota's first bucket with 12:51 left in the first half. Five three-pointers by the collective Gopher guard corps of Kelly Roysland, Shannon Schonrock, April Calhoun and two triples by Shannon Bolden helped Minnesota chip away at the Baylor lead. Bolden's second three-pointer moved the Gophers to within one point at 32-31 with 2:13 left before intermission. Neither team scored over the next two minutes before a Sophia Young jumper with three seconds on the clock gave Baylor a 34-31 lead at halftime. Janel McCarville handed the Gophers their first lead of the game with consecutive baskets to start the second half. The lead changed hands three times over the next three minutes of action. McCarville tied the game for the final time at 39-39 with two free throws at the 16:32 mark. Baylor guard Angela Tisdale hit a big three-point field goal in the Bears' next possession to ignite an 11-3 run. Young's jumper with 12:15 remaining provided Baylor with an 8-point cushion at 50-42. Minnesota didn't back down, instead turning to its trademark defense to give the Gophers a chance for the comeback. Kelly Roysland, who led the Gophers with seven points in the first half, hit a breakaway layup after a McCarville steal to bring Minnesota back within four points at 54-50 with 6:10 remaining. The teams traded baskets before a critical stretch in which the Gophers turned the ball over in three of four possessions and missed a jumper in the fourth. Meanwhile Baylor scored four unanswered points to return the lead to eight points. A Calhoun free throw ended the Gophers' scoring drought at 4 1/2 minutes, but the clock was on Baylor's side. Calhoun hit a basket with 31 seconds left and Podominick added two free throws with nine ticks remaining but Baylor sealed the win at the free throw line hitting 4-of-6 attempts in the final minute to earn the program's first trip to the Elite Eight. McCarville set the Minnesota career record for double-doubles in her final game as a Golden Gopher. She scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in addition to dishing out four assists and blocking four shots. Podominick was the only other Golden Gopher in double figures with 10 points off the bench.