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