7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota went on an incredible 40-0 run in the first half on its way to steamrolling Chicago State 72-34 Saturday at Williams Arena.Katie Ohm came off the bench to score all 12 of her points in the middle of the Gophers' overwhelming 40-0 first-half run that left little doubt about the game's outcome.It all started with a little encouragement from coach Pam Borton."She walked down the bench and said we needed to bring a little energy," said Ohm about the run, which is believed to be a school record. "Coming off the bench, we picked up a little more."The teams traded scores in the game's first five minutes, with Chicago State taking an 8-6 lead on Ayesha Neasley's basket at the 14:39 mark. The Cougars didn't score again until Chandra Timberlake's free throw with 1:13 left in the first half. By then, the Gophers were well on the way to their seventh win in nine games this season.The stretch that put Minnesota ahead 46-8 and in complete control featured a smooth offense that worked the ball for open shots, and a swarming defense that limited Chicago State to one or fewer shots each time down the floor."We had a big lead on them, but I didn't know that we were that far ahead," said Ashley Ellis-Milan, who had her second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. "I don't usually look at the score unless it's really close."Chicago State (3-5) finally made another field goal 16 seconds into second half on a layup by Faith Buchanan, ending a shooting drought from the floor that lasted just short of 15 minutes.During the Gophers' big run, Chicago State committed 15 turnovers and missed nine shots, going without a shot for a six-minute stretch. Minnesota outscored Chicago State 24-23 in the second half, but it was too late for the Cougars to climb out of the big hole."We settled out there and looked like we got bored," Borton said about the second half, in which she substituted freely to try different combinations. "We can't do that as a team and that's something we have to learn."Kelly Roysland led the Gophers with 15 points. Leslie Knight scored 10 for Minnesota, which plays its next three games on the road before opening the Big Ten season at home on Dec. 28 against Iowa.Timberlake was the only Cougar in double figures with 11 points.