8:00 PM ET, November 14, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Emily Fox scored 16 points and Kelly Roysland added 15, and each made baskets in a key stretch late in the game to lead Minnesota to a 78-66 win over Charlotte on Tuesday.The 49ers had overcome a 14-point first-half deficit to take a 52-48 lead when the Gophers' starting guards went to work. After Brittay McCoy's free throw put Minnesota in the lead for good at 60-59, Roysland made two jump shots around a basket by Fox to push the lead to 66-61. A 3-point shot and free throw by Katie Ohm opened up a 71-63 margin with 3:01 left."I definitely want that responsibility," said Roysland, Minnesota's only senior. "But Katie Ohm made a big shot and we got a couple huge defensive stops, so all those things accumulated to the run we went on late."Both teams were sloppy handling the ball. Charlotte (1-1) had 27 turnovers, while Minnesota coughed it up 25 times.Leslie Knight added 11 points for Minnesota (2-0). Sabrina Gregory, with 18 points, was the only Charlotte player in double figures, but she was held scoreless in the game's final three minutes."In crunch time, their players made plays and we came up short," Charlotte coach Amanda Butler said.Minnesota, still looking for answers under the basket following the early departures last spring of Jamie Broback and Liz Podominick, used several players in the middle to negate Burgin's size advantage. Ashley Ellis-Milan fouled out while limiting Burgin to six points and seven rebounds, while Korrine Campbell came off the bench to grab a game-high nine rebounds."Without those two you don't win," said Minnesota coach Pam Borton, who alternated Zoe Miller with Ellis-Milan to battle the 6-foot-5 Burgin."This is the first post player they've played against this year," said Borton. "I was very pleased with how physical and aggressive they played."The Gophers again got help from the backcourt in holding their own on the boards. Roysland and Fox combined for 11 rebounds.The Gophers are now 25-1 at home against non-conference opponents under coach Pam Borton. The only loss was a 75-67 setback Dec. 14, 2004, to LSU and current Minnesota Lynx All-Star Seimone Augustus.The Gophers appeared ready to blow the 49ers out, jumping to an 11-2 lead and going up 31-17 on a pair of free throws by Ashley Ellis-Milan. Charlotte used its quickness to get around Minnesota's scrambling defense, putting together an 8-0 run late in the first half to close to 40-38 on a basket by Whitney Hoey.The 49ers regained the lead early in the second half, scoring on consecutive steals and layups by Hoey and Gregory to go ahead 46-44.
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