8:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 14 Minnesota got production from all sides to surge to an early lead, and unlike its last game, sustained the energy for an 83-57 win over Washington State.Jamie Broback scored 16 points in her first start of the season, and Shannon Schonrock added 15 to help the Gophers (6-1) to their fourth straight win at Williams Arena."We definitely got better as a team," said coach Pam Borton, a week after a lethargic performance in a win over Nebraska.Minnesota was never seriously challenged by the Cougars (6-2), making 15 of its first 29 shots and putting the game out of reach early in the second half."We needed to sustain what we did in the beginning of the game," said Schonrock. "Our goal is to start putting things together on the offensive and defensive side."Broback, making her first start of the season, sat out much of the first half because of foul trouble. She finished with 7-for-12 shooting, a career-high six assists and five rebounds.Shannon Schonrock shot 6-for-8, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. April Calhoun scored 13 and Liz Podominick had 10 for the Gophers.Calhoun's eight assists were a career high.The Gophers took control early, getting 3-pointers from Schonrock, Shannon Bolden and Kelly Roysland during a 19-4 run that pushed the lead to 26-10. After the Cougars closed within 29-19, Minnesota went on a 16-2 run to take a 47-21 lead early in the second half.Minnesota, still looking for answers in the middle following the departure of all-American center Janel McCarville, had a 32-31 rebounding edge. Washington State came into the game averaging 48 boards."I was happier than I was, but I think that's still a big area that we need to improve on," said Borton.Katie Appleton had 13 points to lead the Cougars, who never got closer that 21 points in the second half. Katie Benz scored 12 and Charmaine Jones had 10 for Washington State."Minnesota is a great team that really put pressure on us, and we didn't have any answers," said Washington State coach Sherri Murrell, whose team wrapped up its non-conference schedule. "I want to play teams like Minnesota to get us ready for the Pac 10."The Cougars, who had their four-game winning streak snapped, open the Pac 10 season Dec. 20 against Stanford at Pullman, Wash.