8:00 PM ET, January 13, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue coach Kristy Curry warned her players that Minnesota was more than just Janel McCarville.Shannon Schonrock proved she was right.Schonrock scored a career-high 25 points and Minnesota (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) played its trademark stellar defense in a 58-38 victory over No. 20 Purdue, the Gophers' first win in Mackey Arena in 20 years."We spoke as highly of their supporting cast as we did Janel," Curry said. "They're a much better team than just her."Schonrock made a career-high 7-of-11 3-pointers, and the Gophers (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) held Purdue to 32 percent shooting to win their sixth consecutive game."In the beginning I was feeling it," Schonrock said. "My teammates were doing a good job of setting screens and making good passes. I did the easy part."Liz Podominick added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Gophers, who had lost 17 straight at Purdue dating to 1985."We knew that," McCarville said. "We talked about it a little bit. Half the team wasn't even born then."Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (10-5, 3-2), which has already lost more games than it did all of last season.The Gophers started slow after McCarville, who scored just one point in 15 minutes, got into foul trouble, but they turned up the defense to overwhelm the young Boilermakers.After making their first seven shots, the Boilermakers faltered badly under intense defensive pressure."They wanted it more than we did," a teary-eyed Katie Gearlds said. "They played harder. We didn't show up. It was that simple."The Gophers closed the first half with a 14-0 run, and Purdue went nearly 14 minutes without a basket -- missing 18 straight shots."When you have a lot of young kids on the floor, you kind of take advantage of a team's youth and that's what we did," Minnesota coach Pam Borton said.Things looked good for Purdue early after McCarville picked up her second foul just over 3:30 into the game and sat out the rest of the first half.When she went to the bench, Purdue promptly went on an 11-1 run capped by Gearlds' 3-pointer that gave the Boilermakers a 16-6 lead.Minnesota came right back with a 13-0 spurt of its own fueled by consecutive steals and layups by Jamie Broback. Schonrock then hit a 3-pointer for a 19-16 lead."Their experience showed at every position," Curry said.The Boilermakers took one more lead, when Erin Lawless hit a 3-pointer for a 24-19 edge with 7:39 to go in the first half. That's when the Gophers clamped down, and Purdue didn't get its next basket until 13:46 remained in the game.In between, Schonrock kept burying 3-pointers. The junior moved into second place on the school's all-time list and has now made 140 3-pointers."The basket looked pretty big," Schonrock said. "It looked like the ocean. Throw it in there, it's going to go in."Shannon Bolden scored just four points for Minnesota but played a big role by shutting down preseason All-American Gearlds, who scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting.Minnesota had 12 steals and 22 points off 23 Purdue turnovers, which prompted Minnesota coach Borton to compare this season's team to last season's Final Four participants."This team has a better focus, a better belief in themselves, especially on the defensive end," Borton said. "They take a lot of pride in getting the job done."
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