8:00 PM ET, January 6, 2005
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Minnesota's Janel McCarville couldn't have picked a better place to reach a major milestone.McCarville, a Stevens Point native playing what likely will be her last game in her home state, became the 10th player in Big Ten history to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career, as the No. 11 Gophers whipped Wisconsin 74-49 Thursday night."It's a great thing to reach," said McCarville, who led Minnesota with 15 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots. "There's a lot of hard work. It's nice to do it kind of at home in front of the hometown crowd."McCarville registered her fifth straight double-double and the 40th of her career as the Gophers (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) shot 60 percent from the field and never trailed.Shannon Schonrock and Shannon Bolden had 11 points apiece for Minnesota, while Jamie Broback added 10.McCarville grabbed her 1,000th career rebound early in the second half and now has 1,523 points and 1,008 rebounds."You've got to look at it as a team thing, too," said McCarville, who joined Linda Roberts, Laura Coenen and Molly Tadich as Minnesota players to reach the 1,500-point, 1,000-rebound milestone. "It's good for the program. It's good stuff."So was the Gophers' defense.Minnesota held Wisconsin (6-6, 1-2) to its lowest point total of the season and 25 points below its season average. The Badgers shot a season-low 27 percent."That's our identity as a team," said Minnesota coach Pam Borton, who led the Gophers to the Final Four last season. "We know you have to shut teams down and play defense if you want to play in the postseason."Jordan Wilson scored 14 points to lead Wisconsin, but the Badgers' two leading scorers were held in check.Freshman Jolene Anderson scored 11 points seven below her team-leading average, on 5-of-20 shooting.Second-leading scorer Stephanie Rich missed all seven of her shots from the field and finished with just two points, 11 below her average."They're remarkable," Rich said. "Schonrock is in your shorts the whole time. They just play great defense as a team."The Badgers kept the score respectable until Minnesota used a 12-0 run in the second half to turn the game into a blowout.McCarville had 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half and Minnesota shot 62 percent from the field to take a 40-27 halftime lead. McCarville had plenty of help, though.She scored just two points during a 20-6 run that gave the Gophers a 27-12 lead midway through the first half. Seven Minnesota players scored during the run, which included four 3-pointers.Wisconsin shot 33 percent in the first half and never got closer than 10 points after Minnesota's decisive run.Borton talked to McCarville before the game about making Thursday's game in front of her family and friends a special event. Then McCarville went out and delivered."We wanted to give them a show and give them something to remember me by," McCarville said. "We came out and put the stamp on the game with our defense."
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