1993-94 NCAA Tournament - Second Round
1993-94 Golden Gophers - NCAA Tournament Second Round
Row 1 (L-R): Lisa Roell, Nikki Coates, Mary Klotzbeecher, Crystal Flint, Tonia Nelson, Shannon Loeblein. Row 2: Nancy Shudlick, Lori Lawler, Cara Pearson, Cheri Stafford, Nancy Alexander, Carol Ann Shudlick. Not pictured: Head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald
Minnesota 81, Notre Dame 76
March 16, 1994
NCAA Tournament First Round
South Bend, Ind.
Minnesota came out strong, and built up an 11-point lead in the first half against Notre Dame. The Gophers led 29-18 with 5:07 to go in the first period, but scored just one basket in the remainder of the half. Minnesota went into halftime with a mere 31-30 lead. In the second half, the accuracy of reserves Lori Lawler and Nancy Alexander turned a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead early in the period. Alexander nailed all five of her field goal attempts, including two from three-point range. Lawler contributed eight points, six on free throws, to help the Gophers' pull away. The Irish outrebounded the Gophers 44-29, but missed many of their scond-chance shots. Notre Dame had two players foul out of the game, and Minnesota took advantage of its 34 free throw opportunities, scoring 24 points from the charity stripe. Notre Dame's Beth Morgan led all scorers, and was the ony Irish player in double figures with 26 points. Five Minnesota players scored in double figures, led by Carol Ann Shudlick (right) with 19 points, all scored in the first 30 minutes of play. Other Gophers in double figures were Nikki Coates with 14 points, Crystal Flint and Nancy Alexander with 13 apeice, and Shannon Loeblein with 11.
Vanderbilt 98, Minnesota 72
March 19, 1994
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Vanderbilt scored the first points of the game on two free throws by Rhonda Blades, and never relinquished the lead. The Gophers didn't give up easily, tying the score six times in the first half. Minnesota pulled even at 16-16 on a jump shot by Carol Ann Shudlick with 11:02 remaining in the half, but Vanderbilt answered with a layup by Heidi Gillingham, and never looked back. By halftime, the Gophers had a 15-point deficit. In the second period, Minnesota was able to pull to within 12 on a basket by Lori Lawler with 11:47 left on the clock, but got no closer. Vanderbilt went on a 13-5 run to increase its lead to 19 points with just under seven minutes to go. The Commodores racked up 23 points in the final eight minutes of play, while the Gophers managed just 12 points during the span. Shudlick played all but two minutes in the second half, despite racking up four fouls. Vandy didn't let up,with Ginger Jared scoring a three-pointer with 43.8 seconds remaining to increase the lead to 98-69. Nancy Alexander answered for the Gophers, scoring a trey with 20.4 seconds on the clock, bringing the final score to 98-72. Vanderbilt's Gillingham lead all scorers with 25 points, and was one of five on the team scoring in double figures. For Minnesota, Carol Ann Shudlick lead the way with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Other Gophers in double figures were Crystal Flint with 15 points, and Cara Pearson with 10.
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