Scores

Final

Indiana 47

(7-5, 0-2 Big Ten)

(12) Minnesota 61

(11-2, 2-0 Big Ten)

3:00 PM ET, January 2, 2005

1 2 T
IND 24 2347
#12MINN 33 2861

McCarville's double-double buries Indiana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- On a day when Minnesota honored its all-time leading scorer, her replacement nearly stole the show.

April Calhoun scored 10 points, and the guard's seven steals led No. 12 Minnesota past Indiana 61-47 on Sunday.

Before the game, Minnesota retired the No. 13 jersey of Lindsay Whalen, who finished her Gophers career last year with a school-record 2,285 points. Moments after her banner was unfurled from the rafters, Calhoun and teammate Janel McCarville began putting the clamps on Indiana.

McCarville, who like Whalen was an All-America selection last year, scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to post her 39th career double-double. Calhoun, who sat out last year after transferring from Iowa and stepped into the starting lineup this fall, played her best game as a Gopher on Sunday, leading a pressure defense that limited Indiana to 37 percent shooting from the floor.

"We talk about our defense all the time, but I think today our defense started our offense," Minnesota coach Pam Borton said. "When we went on that little run in first half, April had a bunch of steals that really kick-started our offense."

Indiana had a 14-2 run that tied the game at 18 before the Gophers scored three straight fast-break layups triggered by steals. Calhoun went the distance twice and McCarville once to key an 11-0 run that helped Minnesota to a 33-24 halftime lead.

"Defense definitely is part of our identity," Calhoun said. "At the time, it was a close game and we needed some kind of spark to ignite our offense. I don't know what happened -- I got one steal and the rest just fell into our laps."

Cyndi Valentin led Indiana with 17 points and four assists, while LeeAnn Stephenson added 11 points and four assists for the Hoosiers (7-5, 0-2).

"Minnesota's an excellent defensive team," Indiana coach Kathi Bennett. "They really took us out of any type of offense. In the halfcourt, they really get after you -- they've got bigger guards, they're strong, and they really got after us."

Despite their 36-27 advantage on the boards and Indiana's poor shooting, the Gophers (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) couldn't pull away from the scrappy Hoosiers until late in the second half.

A 3-pointer by Valentin and an offensive rebound and basket by Angela Hawkins pulled Indiana to within 48-43 with 10 minutes to play.

But the Gophers held the Hoosiers scoreless for almost six minutes and went on a 10-0 run to finally give themselves breathing room. Bolden hit a 3-pointer to key the run, which McCarville capped by hitting two free throws, as Indiana missed seven straight shots.

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