8:00 PM ET, November 22, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three Gophers recorded their first career double-doubles as Minnesota pulled away to beat Creighton 75-55 on Wednesday.Korinne Campbell had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Ashley Ellis-Milan 10 points and 12 rebounds and Leslie Knight 10 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Fox had a career-high 19 points and Kelly Roysland added 12 points for the Gophers (4-1).Minnesota held a 60-30 rebounding edge, with its total evenly divided between the offensive and defensive ends."It shows that we share the ball and that everyone goes hard to the boards," Knight said. "We're not very big, but we're just really pesky and scrappy. That'll be to our advantage."Minnesota scored 20 points off of offensive rebounds and had 42 points in the paint."They were a lot more physical," said Creighton coach Jim Flanery, whose team held a 15-rebound edge over Kansas on Monday. "It just shows you how good Minnesota is."Michelle Kaus had her best game for Creighton, which is off to an 0-4 start for the first time since 1996-97, when the Bluejays lost seven straight to open the season.The sophomore, who played about 20 miles from Williams Arena at Eastview High School, had a career-high 22 points off the bench. The only Bluejay in double figures, she sank a career-high six 3-pointers after going 3-for-14 from long-range in the team's first three games."My teammates have been getting me the shots. I just hit them tonight," said Kaus, who entered the game averaging 6.3 points per game.Ally Thrall scored just four points for Creighton, but none were from outside the arc. She had made at least one 3-pointer in 33 straight games, tying a school record."Our focus was on her and knowing where she was at all times," Roysland said. "(Kaus) knocked a couple down early and got hot, but I thought we did a good job of containing her in the second half."Leading 34-33 early in the second half, Minnesota was able to beat the full-court press to go on a 20-2 run. Included in the stretch were two layups by Fox on feeds from Campbell, who had two baskets on putbacks of teammate misses. She also blocked a Kaus shot and jumped out of bounds to save a loose ball."The energy came at just the right moment and we went on the long streak. We kept attacking and they fed off my energy and everyone was just riled up," said Campbell, who finished with three blocks, including one that ended up in the fifth row of seats."She's showing a lot of her athleticism out there," said Minnesota coach Pam Borton. "I'm glad she's on our team."However, Borton was not happy about the first half offense when the undisciplined Gophers made numerous bad plays in transition and hurried shots. Minnesota had 11 of its 16 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.Yet, a pair of free throws by Brittany McCoy, after she was knocked hard to the floor on a drive, put Minnesota up 23-10 midway through the first half.But Kaus scored 14 of the next 18 Creighton points to tie the game at 28. However, she picked up her third foul with 5.3 seconds left in the half and sat out the first four minutes of the second half.
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