The Gophers learned a hard lesson after a tough game on the road: sometimes the ball just doesn’t want to go in. San Diego (6-4) defeated Minnesota (9-2) 72-69 Sunday. Kenisha Bell led the team with 20 points and four steals. Gaddiva Hubbard added 19 points and Carlie Wagner had 14 points, but the Gophers just couldn’t seem to find their shot and came up short in the afternoon game.
The Georgetown crowd got used to “Carlie Wagner for three!” pretty early on, as the Gophers seemed determined to prove they’re the real deal. Minnesota (9-1) beat Georgetown (4-4) 73-63 on the road as Wagner was on fire the entire night on 12-14 shooting and 7-8 from behind the arc for 31 points.
The Gophers are off to an 8-1 start and there's already one player leading with offensive play. That player would be Kenisha Bell, a redshirt junior, who is averaging 19.2 points, first among Minnesota players. With another year of experience, Bell has proven that she’s one of the best guards in the Big Ten. However, this kind of success didn’t come overnight.
Minnesota beat Eastern Michigan 80-56 Sunday to move to 8-1 on the season. Kenisha Bell led the team in scoring with 18 points, but it was the Gophers bench that gave the team an edge in the afternoon game after a couple of season-highs.
After matching the best start to a season in a decade, Minnesota was forced into a situation it hasn't been used to — playing in a close game.
The Gophers (7-0) won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament in Las Vegas after beating Wake Forest 93-81 Saturday and UNLV 79-72 Sunday. Freshman Destiny Pitts was named MVP of the tournament after totaling 22 points and nine rebounds against UNLV. Another big performance came from Gadiva Hubbard, who made the All-Tournament team roster along with Pitts.
The Gophers defeated Boston College 78-68 to move to 4-0 on the season. Bell scored a career-high 31 points, and added 10 rebounds, five rebounds and three steals for good measure, making this her third consecutive double-double game.
Minnesota finished in 19th place Saturday, Nov. 18 at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Bethany Hasz led the way for the team with a 70th-place finish and a time of 20:29.32.
It's only been three games for Minnesota, but the team has already added another blowout victory to its resume. The Gophers beat VCU 108-63 Thursday to move to 3-0 on the season. Kenisha Bell led the team with 20 points and 10 assists, her second double-double in a row.
The Gophers had to make up for some cold shooting early on in their first road game, and to do so, they relied on guard Kenisha Bell.