The Gophers women’s baskeball team heads into Sunday’s final game of the Subway Classic against Auburn (9-3) fresh off its first home loss of the season — a 58-55 defeat at the hands of a talented, athletic UCLA squad.
The Gophers (9-3) were 6-0 at the Barn before Friday’s loss, but the same issues they’ve had at times (and gotten away with) this season were what doomed them against the Bruins.
“We need a third scorer on this team,” coach Pam Borton said afterward, challenging her players to “step up” Sunday.
Star guard Rachel Banham scored 16 of the Gophers’ first 23 points — 24 overall — in the loss, and 6-5 center Amanda Zahui B. had 16 points as part of her sixth double-double of the season.
Only three other players attempted shots, though, and no one else had more than six points. For the Gophers to close their home tournament with a victory, Borton said, that needs to change.
And Minnesota won’t be looking at an easy opponent, either.
Auburn (9-3) defeated UCLA 66-60 on Saturday and features four players who average double digits in scoring.
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|Toronto - LP: J. Francis||7||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski||10|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||5|
|Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz||2||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly||13|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||4|
|Seattle - LP: C. Smith||6||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||7|
|Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||3|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||7||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo||1|
|LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||5|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||8|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: A. Warren||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Kelly||5|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|New York City||1|
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