MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- All-American Janel McCarville saw limited action because of foul trouble, but Minnesota's smothering defense held New Mexico (No. 23 AP) to a season low in point production.
The 11th-ranked Gophers defeated the Lobos 75-35 on Sunday, using relentless full-court pressure and a half-court trap."Their defensive pressure really took us out of our game," New Mexico coach Don Flanagan said. "I'm not sure we ever got into our offense. They exposed a lot of our weaknesses."The Lobos (10-2) were held 21 points below their previous season low, committed 23 turnovers and shot just 26 percent.Jamie Broback had 14 points and seven rebounds and McCarville scored nine points in eight minutes for the Gophers (13-2). Defensive stopper Shannon Bolden limited New Mexico's leading scorer, Lindsey Arndt, to just two points on 1-of-4 shooting, more than eight points below her average."That's who New Mexico really leans on, and that was half the battle today," Minnesota coach Pam Borton said. "That put a lot of pressure on the rest of the team."Minnesota used an 18-4 run in the first six minutes, and the Lobos trailed 35-16 at the break. It marked the fewest points scored and most allowed in a half this season.Dionne Marsh led New Mexico with 11 points.McCarville, who often earns a double-double, picked up her second foul 8½ minutes into the game and sat the rest of the half. Reserve Natasha Williams, who had a career-high eight points and five rebounds, and Liz Podominick (six rebounds) helped hold the Lobos in check inside."I might get in trouble for saying this, but I enjoyed it," McCarville said of her extended stay on the bench. "I got to see the team coming together and playing without me, and it was awesome for them to do that."Minnesota's defense held New Mexico without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in two different stretches -- one that spanned halftime, and again later in the second half.