MINNEAPOLIS — Taiye Bello had 13 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and a career-high 18 rebounds to help No. 25 Minnesota beat San Diego 53-48 on Saturday night.
Kenisha Bell added 21 points but made just 6 of 23 from the field and 9 of 17 from the free throw line. Jasmine Brunson scored all of her eight points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota (3-0).
Bello scored six points during a 15-2 run to open the fourth quarter that gave the Golden Gophers their first lead since early in the second quarter. Bello made back-to-back layups and then Bell converted a 3-point play to cap the spurt and make it 44-38 with 3:38 to play.
Minnesota made 9-of-14 free throws from there to seal it.
Sydney Shepard scored 14 points and Leticia Soares added 12 for San Diego (1-2). The Toreros, who led 36-29 at the end of the third quarter, shot just 4 of 17 from the field in the fourth.