7:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Even though it faced a conference cellar-dweller, Minnesota didn't get caught looking ahead.Jamie Broback and Shannon Bolden scored 12 points apiece and the Gophers (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) cruised past Michigan 85-57 Thursday night.The victory kept Minnesota a game behind No. 11 Purdue in the Big Ten standings. Minnesota (12-4, 5-1) is perfect in three conference games on the road.The Gophers, four days removed from an emotional 71-58 win over Michigan State, scored 24 points off Michigan's 23 turnovers and made use of a deep bench that chipped in 38 points."Our goal is to win the conference title so we know every game is important," said Bolden, whose team's only conference loss was a 60-56 overtime decision against Purdue on Jan. 9. "It's nice to be on a team where so many people can contribute."Katie Dierdorf and Janelle Cooper each had a dozen points to lead the Wolverines (6-12, 0-5), who have lost six straight and all six games this season against ranked teams. Ta'Shia Walker added 11.Michigan shot 11-for-18 from the field in the first half, but 16 offensive possessions ended with turnovers. Six minutes into the game, the Gophers trailed 10-8 before going on a 19-4 run over the next 6 minutes to take control."Either we were scoring or we were turning the ball over," Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said. "We thought this was a good time to play them with them coming off two tough games, but we didn't execute well enough."Gophers coach Pam Borton thought her team's man-to-man defense had a lot to do with Michigan's lack of offensive chances."That's what we do," she said. "It's our bread-and-butter defense. Obviously, it worked."We made them take some tough shots in the first half, and they only got 18 shots."Minnesota had 10 steals in the first half and led 42-29 at the break. The Gophers pushed the lead past 20 points 7 minutes into the second half. They finished the game with 14 takeaways.Eight of the 14 players Borton used Thursday scored seven or more points. Three had three steals apiece."No matter who we have on the floor, we have five offensive threats on the floor," she said. "That's our depth. You can't take any one thing away from us because we can score somewhere else."Shannon Schonrock added nine points for Minnesota.
|FG Made-Attempted||34-65 (.523)||22-45 (.489)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-18 (.444)||5-14 (.357)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-15 (.600)||8-10 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||8 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|