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
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
"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
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
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
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.