2:00 PM ET, January 15, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's reserves showed they're pretty good, too.Lauren Lacey scored a career-high 16 points coming off the bench and fellow backup Emily Fox added a career-best 13 to lead the Gophers (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to a 71-58 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.Minnesota got 55 points out of its reserves.Lacey, who didn't play in Minnesota's overtime loss to No. 12 Purdue on Thursday, made several wide-open shots from around the foul line. Fox hit a couple of key 3-pointers, one with 2:39 left to boost the Gophers' lead to 67-54."We have some of our best offensive scorers and threats off the bench," said coach Pam Borton, who beat Michigan State for the first time since coming to Minnesota (11-4, 4-1 Big Ten). "I was very proud of them seizing the moment."Natasha Williams scored 13 points, while Katie Alsdurf hit two 3-point shots in the first half, when the Spartans (13-5, 3-2) threatened to take over the game."You never know when your number is going to come up," said Alsdurf, who is on the same practice team with Williams, Lacey and Fox when they face the regulars who have led Minnesota to the Final Four and NCAA round of 16 the past two seasons."I think every day in practice we go out there with the intentions that we can play as good as the starting five," Williams said. "We work hard and try to do the same as they do in practice."Despite giving away several inches in the post, Minnesota held a 44-37 edge in rebounds and grabbed 18 offensive boards. The Gophers turned the ball over just eight times, made seven steals and rolled up 20 assists."We were definitely outhustled and outfought," said Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie. "The kids off the bench did an absolutely super job."Michigan State had beaten the Gophers six straight times, and hadn't lost in Minneapolis since Feb. 27, 2000.Lindsay Bowen scored 20 points to lead the Spartans, who've lost two of their last three games. Liz Shimek added 16 and Aisha Jefferson scored 11."We have to get back to defense, just play together as a team," Bowen said. "It's all about us getting back to what we do best."Michigan State had the advantage early, making nine of its first 15 shots to take a 19-15 lead.That's when the Gophers' revamped lineup began to click, going on an 18-4 run capped by Williams' basket for a 33-23 lead just before halftime. The Gophers never trailed after that.Lacey, who finished 8-for-17 from the field, had attempted only 46 shots coming into Sunday's game.April Calhoun, one of the few starters to play most of the game, was scoreless but had 10 assists and seven rebounds. With help from the reserves, the Gophers could afford a quiet day from Jamie Broback, their leading scorer who went 0-for-5 from the field.Shimek scored to cut the lead to 46-39 early in the second half, but a 3-pointer by Shannon Bolden and a basket and free throw by Liz Podominick put the Gophers back in control.
Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-56 (.429)||28-66 (.424)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-7 (.429)||8-17 (.471)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||7-13 (.538)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|