9:30 PM ET, March 21, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Janel McCarville graduates, Minnesota will need a new go-to scorer to stay among the nation's best next season.Jamie Broback has already shown she can do it.While McCarville made only three field goals in her final home game, Broback had 23 points and five rebounds to lead the Gophers past Virginia 73-58 on Monday and another trip to the regional semifinals."That's my role," Broback said. "I have to look for my shot."McCarville went 3-for-7 from the floor and finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and four fouls -- blowing a kiss and waving to the roaring Williams Arena crowd of 10,043 as she left.But Broback, a 6-foot-3 sophomore who has become a reliable scorer in the post as well as a capable outside shooter, helped keep Minnesota's offense in step.Shannon Schonrock added 11 points and Shannon Bolden had 10 points for the third-seeded Gophers (26-7), who play second-seeded Baylor in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday night. It's their third straight appearance in the round of 16."It puts a great statement on our program," said coach Pam Borton, who also got valuable contributions from a pair of reserves, Liz Podominick (eight points) and Kelly Roysland (seven points)."The supporting cast for Minnesota played well," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "That's what really hurt us. It was those other players who stepped up and played well for them. That was the difference."Freshman Sharnee Zoll led the sixth-seeded Cavaliers with a career-high 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and LaTonya Blue added 16 points. Virginia (21-11), outrebounded 41-30, watched leading scorer Brandi Teamer struggle with two points on a 1-for-9 shooting night."I've got teammates in the locker room who are crying," Zoll said, "so I didn't play well enough."McCarville picked up her second foul and sat for the last 10 minutes of the first half, leaving Broback and Schonrock to do most of the work. They each scored eight points before the break, and Schonrock sank two of Minnesota's four 3-pointers.The Gophers struggled when they let impatient offense give the quicker Cavaliers chances to get out and run. Virginia led 14-7 early after a fast-break 3-pointer by Brenna McGuire, and Blue stole the ball from April Calhoun and took it the other way for a layup to cut Minnesota's lead to 34-28 and close the half.But when they worked their half-court sets, the Gophers were clearly superior. Broback's short jumper capped an 11-0 run and gave them a 25-20 lead they never relinquished.The Cavaliers like to use their speed to attack the basket and get Teamer the ball inside, and Minnesota wanted to force them to shoot from the perimeter. The strategy didn't work very well early, as Virginia went 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half."We knew that if we just stuck to the game plan," Bolden said, "it would work out."When McCarville doesn't score much, she still makes an impact, and Blue can attest to that. Guarding Calhoun as she brought the ball up early in the second half, Blue didn't see the 6-foot-4 McCarville camped at halfcourt for a bone-jarring screen that knocked her to the floor. Blue didn't see the intimidating stare McCarville shot at her, either, because she was covering her face in pain.Later, McCarville found Roysland on a sneaky backdoor pass for a layup and a 57-40 lead with a little over seven minutes left. That came in the middle of an 18-2 run by Minnesota that lasted more than eight minutes and put the game away.The turning point in this one?"I'm not going to lie -- my pick," McCarville said as a big smile broke out on her face. "That just got us fired up and got them jawing at each other a little bit. It brought us closer together, and it pushed them further apart. We had them on the ropes a little bit, and we gave them a one-two combo right there and they didn't get up."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-54 (.407)||23-52 (.442)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-14 (.429)||7-17 (.412)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-15 (.533)||20-25 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|