Gophers women’s basketball coach Pam Borton said she hoped that a berth and subsequent run in the WNIT would “propel” her team to bigger and better things next season.
Instead, Minnesota went one-and-done, losing 54-51 to Ball State in the opener Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers (18-14) trailed 51-35 with 6 minutes remaining before a furious rally fell just short, ending their season.
Micaella Riche had 18 points for the Gophers, while Rachel Banham (12 points, 10 rebounds) was held well below her 21-point average, making just five of her 21 shots.
Brandy Woody led all scorers with 19 points for Ball State, which improved to 16-15.
Banham missed a three-point attempt with 7 seconds left and the Gophers trailing by two. Ball State rebounded the miss and made a free throw for the final point of the game.
Minnesota finished well below its season average of 70 points and made just three of 19 three-point attempts. Ball State, which plays in the Mid-American Conference, went 9-for-20 beyond the arc.
The Gophers were particularly cold in the first half, trailing 27-17 at halftime.
|Texas - WP: N. Martinez||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi||4|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||3||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||4|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||5|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||8||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Atlanta - LP: D. Carpenter||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: M. Melancon||3|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||5||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Huff||2|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Rasmus||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||3|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||6||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||3||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||7|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||3|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||4||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi||3|
|Cleveland - WP: T. House||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0|
|Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy||2||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||5|
|San Diego||4||Top 7th Inning|
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|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|