Michigan 49

(4-13, 0-3 Big Ten)

(12) Minnesota 73

(15-3, 5-1 Big Ten)

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    Minnesota runs Big Ten record to 5-1

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota got back to doing what it does best -- playing good defense and dominating inside.

    Janel McCarville scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading the Gophers (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 AP) past Michigan 73-49 on Thursday night.

    Minnesota had its six-game winning streak stopped in a 62-49 loss at Michigan State on Sunday. It was the first time in six games the Gophers had given up more than 50 points. They were also outrebounded.

    "We just decided we weren't going to let that loss affect us," McCarville said. "Who we were playing didn't really matter. We were going to come out with a vengeance."

    Jamie Broback added 12 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten), which held a 38-23 rebounding advantage and a 38-22 scoring edge in the paint.

    "All I have to say with that," Wolverines coach Cheryl Burnett said, "is we're recruiting size."

    Shannon Bolden turned in her usual stellar defensive effort by limiting Michigan's leading scorer, Tabitha Pool, to eight points.

    Ta'Shia Walker scored 14 points, and Kelly Helvey had 11 for the last-place Wolverines (4-13, 0-6), who lost their ninth straight. Jessica Starling, one of five freshmen in Michigan's eight-player rotation, scored nine points -- all on 3-pointers.

    Pool, Michigan's lone senior starter, didn't score in double digits for the first time all season, as Bolden again kept the other team's star quiet with occasional assistance from trapping teammates.

    Last week, Bolden held Purdue's Katie Gearlds to three points on 1-for-9 shooting. Guarding Duke All-American Alana Beard in last season's NCAA tournament, she held her opponent to 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting in the Mideast Region final to help Minnesota advance to the Final Four.

    McCarville, the Big Ten's leading rebounder, found Bolden on the left wing for a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim and fell in midway through the second half -- giving the Gophers a 50-26 advantage.

    Pool, perhaps a bit weary from trying to get open on the other end, was unable to fight through thick traffic and get in Bolden's face on that shot.

    "I just wanted to make her work for every shot she got," Bolden said. "The more energy she used on the offensive end, the less energy she had on the defensive end."

    With 3½ minutes left, McCarville stole the ball from Pool in the backcourt and raced the other way for a one-handed layup to put Minnesota up 67-40 -- its biggest lead.

    Becky Flippin missed a layup at the buzzer, allowing the Gophers to hold an opponent under 50 points for the 10th time this season.

    "That's something we certainly take a lot of pride in," Borton said.

    Burnett, in her second season coaching Michigan, was a front-runner for the Minnesota job in May 2002 before withdrawing from consideration. Borton was hired a few weeks later.

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