MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jamie Broback scored 20 points to lead
Minnesota (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) to a 65-58 win Thursday night over Indiana, breaking the
Gophers' four-game losing streak and earning them a first-round bye
in the Big Ten tournament.
The lead changed hands eight times before Broback scored six
straight points to start a 16-5 run in the opening minutes of the
second half. Indiana trailed 45-35 after the spurt and never
recovered, losing its sixth straight to Minnesota.
Broback reached 1,000 points for her career, becoming the 16th
Minnesota player to reach that mark by scoring on a mid-range
jumper with 4:27 remaining in the game.
The win stopped Minnesota's longest losing streak in four
seasons under coach Pam Borton.
The Hoosiers, who were coming off an emotional 63-61 overtime
win at Purdue, made things interesting when they cut the lead to
60-55 on Nikki Smith's 3-point basket with just over a minute
remaining. But the Gophers (18-8, 10-5) got a driving basket by
April Calhoun and held on to stop Indiana's three-game winning
Indiana (15-11 9-6) was trying to win its fourth consecutive Big
Ten game for the first time since the 1985-86 season. The Hoosiers
finish the regular season Sunday at Iowa. Sunday's winner gains a
first-round bye in the tournament while the loser plays in
Thursday's opening round.
Calhoun scored 12 points for Minnesota. Kelly Roysland scored 11
in her second straight start.
Smith led Indiana with 18 points, while Jenny DeMuth scored 14.
Indiana wiped out an early 12-6 deficit by holding the Gophers
scoreless for more than six minutes while taking a 13-12 lead. The
Gophers regained the lead at 17-15 on a steal and basket by Calhoun
and a 3-pointer by Roysland.
The Hoosiers surged ahead early in the second half, with Smith
hitting a pair of 3-point shots for a 30-29 lead before Broback got
the Gophers rolling.