Preview: The Gophers (8-9, 0-4) are still looking for their first victory in the Big Ten and on the road, where they are winless in four games. A better start would help. Minnesota made only one of its first 12 shots and shot 28.6 percent for the game in losing 47-42 at Wisconsin on Sunday. Penn State (13-4, 2-1) beat Northwestern 80-68 in its last game a week ago, with guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas combining for 44 points.
Why the Gophers will win: They had won six games in a row against Penn State until a 63-52 season-ending loss in the Big Ten tournament last March. Guards Leah Cotton, a sophomore, and Kiara Buford, a junior, are averaging 14.8 points per game. Buford scored 17 in the loss to Wisconsin. Cotton is shooting 48.4 percent from the field.
Why the Gophers will lose: Penn State is the nation's top three-point shooting team at 44.3 percent. Lucas, a reserve, averages 16.4 points and has made 55 three-pointers already, 10 shy of the Nittany Lions' freshman record. She also shoots better than 90 percent from the free-throw line. The Lions are 8-2 at home and are averaging a conference-high 82.9 points per game.
|Cleveland - LP: T. House||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||9||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: K. Graveman||3|
|NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey||8||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||2|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: T. Koehler||8|
|Toronto - LP: B. Cecil||2||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: E. Frieri||4|
|Atlanta - WP: S. Miller||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan||2|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||4||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Matusz||5|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Belisle||5||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: A. Reed||1|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||5||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Brown||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: B. McCarthy||11||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||8|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: V. Pestano||4|
|Minnesota - WP: T. Stauffer||8||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||5|
|Real Salt Lake||0||FINAL|
|Sporting Kansas City||4||FINAL|
Poll: Does it bother you that Tyus Jones chose Duke over Minnesota?