(15) Minnesota 52

(21-6, 11-4 Big Ten)

Indiana 35

(10-16, 3-12 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2005

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    IND 24 1135

    Minnestoa shakes off slow start

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Minnesota coach Pam Borton didn't like what she saw from her team in the first half against Indiana, so she let the Golden Gophers know about it at the break.

    "We just had to come out and play 10 times better than we did in the first half because I don't think anybody was pleased with how we played," said Borton, whose team led 27-24 at halftime.

    Borton's speech must have helped do the trick, as No. 15 Minnesota pulled away from the Hoosiers in the second half Thursday night for a 52-35 victory.

    With leading scorer Janel McCarville hampered by foul trouble most of the night, Jamie Broback stepped up with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (21-6, 11-4 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight game over Indiana.

    McCarville had seven points in 24 minutes, and Shannon Schonrock added 12 points and four assists for Minnesota.

    "When Janel is on the bench, obviously that's a huge part of our team scoring and rebounding, and I think that everybody did a great job of stepping up," Broback said.

    Jamey Chapman had eight points, and Cyndi Valentin added seven points and five rebounds for the Hoosiers (10-16, 3-12), who have dropped five of their last six games.

    "Defensively we were solid the whole game," Indiana coach Kathi Bennett said. "They forced us in the second half to make some outside shots, and we did not do that."

    Indiana came out strong in the first half and kept the score close by forcing 11 Minnesota turnovers and holding the Golden Gophers to 39 percent shooting from the field.

    The Hoosiers also took advantage of having McCarville on the bench for 10 minutes after she picked up her second foul and scored just three points in the first half.

    The Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead on Annika Boyd's layup, and they didn't let Minnesota jump ahead until a 6-0 run gave the Golden Gophers a 14-11 lead nearly midway through the half.

    The two teams traded the lead for the next 10 minutes until Minnesota scored five straight points to close out the half and take a 27-24 lead.

    With McCarville back in the lineup to start the second half, the Golden Gophers quickly took control of the game.

    Aided by cold shooting from the Hoosiers, Minnesota scored the first eight points to open a 35-24 lead. McCarville had four points and an assist during the spurt.

    Indiana went scoreless for over five minutes before getting a three-point play by Carrie Smith cut the deficit to 35-27. But the Golden Gophers answered with a 12-0 run minutes later to put the game away.

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