Minnesota failed to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, so the team took the extra opportunity to compete at the Barn where they beat UNI in dominating fashion 91-75.
This year’s senior class is a unique group that has seen adversity during a variable season both on and off the court. All the while, they were learning to play under a new coaching staff.
In the first game of the Big Ten tournament, Indiana upset Minnesota 66-58 in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday.
“This is like my second family, I wish I could stay longer but I know that’s not how it works," said senior Kenisha Bell after Minnesota beat Michigan State 82-63 on senior night.
At one point, the Gophers women’s basketball team was ranked as the No. 14 team in the country — then the Big Ten conference play began, and the team lost seven of nine games.
Minnesota went out to College Park, Maryland to extend its winning streak to seven games. Though the team led for most of the game, the Terrapins knocked in a buzzer-beating layup for the 71-69 victory.
Penn State (10-15) came into the contest second-to-last in the Big Ten Conference standings, while Minnesota (19-7) was riding high on the waves of a five-game win streak. That recent success continued for the team as they were able to secure another victory, this time 97-67.
The Gophers avenged their home loss to Purdue last month with a definitive 20-point victory over the Boilermakers in their home arena. Minnesota won by a final score 65-45.
The Gophers (17-7, 6-7 Big Ten) recovered from a fourth quarter collapse to beat the Wildcats in overtime 73-64. It was the second time the teams met this season, after Minnesota beat Northwestern by a score of 61-54 just ten days ago.