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Whalen adds 31 points for Gophers

12/30/2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville
combined for 53 points as sixth-ranked Minnesota remained unbeaten
and defeated Virginia 73-53 Monday night in the Cavalier Classic.

Whalen led all scorers with 31 points, shooting 53 percent from
the field and making 11 of 13 free throws. McCarville was perfect
on the game, going 10-for-10, including a couple of free throws to
score 22 points. Kadidja Andersson added 13.

"This was a big win for us and our program," said Minnesota
coach Pam Borton. "Our defense has come a long way and we
controlled the boards tonight."

But the Golden Gophers (10-0) were challenged early by the
Cavaliers (5-5) in a game that had six ties and four lead changes,
mostly in the first half.

With 7:31 in the half, Virginia led 21-19 before Minnesota went
on a 12-2 run. The Gophers led 36-29 at halftime.

Whalen, voted the tournament's most valuable player, scored 17
points in the first half, while McCarville, an all-tournament
selection, had 11.

The Gophers outrebounded Virginia 43-33, but it was Minnesota's
defense that suffocated the Cavaliers, holding them to 24 percent
from the field in the second half.

Virginia coach Debbie Ryan lamented the dismal shooting by her
team, which finished 30 percent on the game, including 0-for-13 on
3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Minnesota shot 55 percent, outscoring Virginia 44-30
in the paint.

"We missed a lot of shots," Ryan said. "We had a lot of shots
rim out tonight."

LaTonya Blue, who made the all-tournament team, paced the
Cavaliers with 13 points and Siedah Williams added 12. Brandi
Teamer, another all-tournament selection, had 11.