Piscataway, N.J. – After rallying in the fourth quarter to tie the score, the Gophers women’s basketball team lost 80-70 in overtime to No. 21 Rutgers on Saturday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights (17-3, 5-1 Big Ten) outscored Minnesota 12-2 in the extra period.
Senior guard Carlie Wagner led the Gophers (14-5, 3-3) with 22 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career. Freshman forward Destiny Pitts, who played every minute, also had 22 points.
“Minnesota is an outstanding team,” Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. “I feel a great sigh of relief and tremendous satisfaction we won this game.”
Rutgers led 56-49 with 7 minutes, 52 seconds to play, but the Gophers tied the score with a 7-0 run and eventually took the lead for the first time at 65-64 with 1:06 left when Pitts made three free throws.
The Scarlets Knights scored the next four points on a layup, steal and two free throws to got up 68-65. Pitts’ fourth three-pointer, with 15 seconds left, tied the score at 68-all.
And the Gophers almost won it at the buzzer but Kenisha Bell’s shot missed.