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MINNESOTA SCENE

Cambage hotter, but Moore's team wins

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • February 3, 2013 - 12:31 AM

It was an amazing shootout between two WNBA stars in China on Saturday.

Maya Moore scored "only" 43 points, but Shanxi, her team, defeated visiting Zhejiang 112-96 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association Finals. The victory gave Shanxi a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Moore, the 6-foot forward who plays for the Lynx in the summer, had a triple-double with 43 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. She also had four steals and a block and played all 40 minutes.

But Liz Cambage, strictly as an individual, outshined Moore. The 6-8 center who plays for Tulsa scored 54 points and had 11 rebounds. She was 18-for-18 from the floor -- that's not a typo -- and 18-for-19 from the free-throw line. Cambage also blocked two shots.

The fourth game of the WCBA Finals will be held Tuesday at Hangzhou, a neutral site. Why's that? Remember that after Game 1 in Zhejiang, when Cambage fouled out and the home team lost, fans attacked the officials. And the WCBA came down hard on Zhejiang -- no home games for a year.

Swarm loses on road

Colorado beat the Minnesota Swarm 15-9 in the National Lacrosse League. John Grant Jr., the NLL's MVP last season, had five goals and six assists for 11 points for the host Mammoth (2-2). Rookie Shayne Jackson led the Swarm (1-3) with one goal and four assists. Three of his teammates had three points: Jordan MacIntosh had two goals and one assist, Kiel Matisz and Ryan Benesch each had one goal and two assists.

U swimmers sweep

Both the Gophers women's and men's swimming and diving teams went to Madison, Wis., for multi-team meets and beat everyone there.

The No. 16 women remained undefeated, beating No. 19 Wisconsin 210-143, No. 25 Purdue 268-85 and Illinois 291-62 in the Quad Duals.

Freshman Kierra Smith led the Gophers with two victories. She won the 400 individual medley in 4:22.51 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.49. Haley Spencer came in second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.37. Other winners for the U were sophomore Becca Weiland in the 100 butterfly in 53.77, Kiera Janzen in the 500 freestyle in 4:51.50 and Sarah McCrady in 1-meter diving with a score of 297.85.

• The No. 15 men's swimming and diving team improved to 7-1, beating No. 18 Purdue 209-144 and Wisconsin 196-157 in the Triple Duals. C.J. Smith earned the only first-place finish for the Gophers in the 500 freestyle in 4:26.34.

Etc.

• The Gophers baseball team opened its 125th year as a varsity sport by beating a team of alumni 4-1 at the Metrodome. Michael Handel went 2-for-2 against an alumni team that included Twins pitchers Cole De Vries and Glen Perkins and Reds infielder Jack Hannahan.

• Jon Lehman of the Gophers men's indoor track and field team won the weight throw in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. His throw was 20.79 meters.

• Louisville won the top four singles positions in straight sets and beat the Gophers women's tennis team 4-2 in Blacksburg, Va. Julia Fellerhoff beat Natalia Pintusava 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and Rebecca Shine rolled at No. 2, beating Tereza Brichacova 6-3, 6-0.

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