Gophers women top Auburn, win Subway Classic

  • Article by: BRYCE EVANS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2013 - 2:22 AM

The toughness and balance the coach requested were in place vs. Auburn.

hide

The Gophers’ Amanda Zahui B. looked for help as she faced a crowd in the post. She scored 16 points.

Photo: MARLIN LEVISON • mlevison@startribune.com,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

There was nothing pretty about it, and that’s exactly what head coach Pam Borton seemed to like so much about Minnesota’s 67-54 win over Auburn to win the Subway Classic on Sunday afternoon.

Two days after a lackluster performance left the Gophers with a 58-55 loss to UCLA — their first defeat at Williams Arena all season — Borton said her team needed to get “tougher.”

The Gophers (10-3) seemed to take that message to heart.

Despite struggling to break Auburn’s full-court press — not to mention never looking all that comfortable against the Tigers’ zone — the Gophers did all the little things to pull out the win. They battled in the low block for rebounds, hit the floor for loose balls and pestered Auburn’s guards in the back court.

It added up to a win.

“I don’t think we played great, but we played well enough to win and shot the ball well tonight,” Borton said. “It was a great team effort by everybody.”

Junior Rachel Banham played all 40 minutes and scored 22 points, and redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B. had 16 points, seven rebounds and six blocks, despite early foul trouble.

Both were named to the all-tournament team; Banham was the MVP.

But both players’ numbers weren’t all that different from those in the loss Friday. The Gophers stars simply got more help Sunday.

Senior Sari Noga broke out of a shooting slump to knock down three three-point shots and score nine crucial points. Micaëlla Riché had seven points, Shayne Mullaney had seven assists, and all but one Gopher made a field goal.

Noga answered a mini Auburn run with five minutes remaining, knocking down a shot from the wing to put Minnesota up by 12. Zahui B. scored off a feed from Banham the next time down the floor, and the game was never in doubt again.

“I think last game that Coach said we needed a third scorer, and Sari stepped up and showed that,” Banham said. “She’s a great three-point shooter, and I think she didn’t hesitate today. … She made those big threes when we needed it.”

It was a struggle early for the Gophers, especially in dealing with Auburn’s full-court pressure.

They turned the ball over seven times before hitting their first field goal 6:08 into the game. Going back to the finish of Friday’s loss, Minnesota went 12:24 of game time between made field goals.

But Banham drove and hit difficult jumpers in the lane on back-to-back possessions, and the Gophers were soon off and running.

“Again, I don’t think we played great, but we worked really, really hard,” Borton said. “I thought we outworked them.”

Tyrese Tanner led Auburn with 15 points, and freshman Alina Starr of DeLaSalle had two points while playing 21 minutes for the Tigers (9-4).

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Gophers 67, Auburn 54

    Monday December 23, 2013

  • Gophers standout Rachel Banham split the Auburn defenders as she headed up court with the ball Sunday at Williams Arena.

  • gophers women 67, auburn 54

    Up next: 2 p.m. Sunday vs. Oakland • Williams Arena • (88.5-FM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 17 FINAL
New England 9
Cleveland 10 FINAL
Baltimore 20
Dallas 44 FINAL
Washington 17
Indianapolis 27 FINAL
Tennessee 10
Jacksonville 17 FINAL
Houston 23
San Diego 7 FINAL
Kansas City 19
NY Jets 37 FINAL
Miami 24
Chicago 9 FINAL
Minnesota 13
Philadelphia 34 FINAL
NY Giants 26
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Tampa Bay 20
Carolina 10 2nd Qtr 8:01
Atlanta 3
Detroit 0 2nd Qtr 6:24
Green Bay 7
Oakland 7 2nd Qtr 12:00
Denver 17
Arizona 7 2nd Qtr 9:04
San Francisco 10
St. Louis 3 2nd Qtr 6:22
Seattle 0
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Detroit 30 2nd Qtr 6:25
Cleveland 41
Houston 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 6:30 PM
Dallas
New York 8:00 PM
Portland
Toronto 8:00 PM
Denver
Phoenix 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 0 1st Prd 13:43
Florida 0
Vancouver 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Tulane 57 FINAL
St Johns 82
Central Conn St 48 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Iona 81 FINAL
Drexel 62
Concordia (MI) 42 FINAL
Eastern Mich 100
Harvard 46 FINAL
Arizona State 56
Longwood 64 FINAL
Ball State 69
Sacred Heart 76 FINAL
Brown 79
Colgate 64 FINAL
Columbia 69
MD-Eastern Shore 78 FINAL
Duquesne 69
UNC Greensboro 50 FINAL
East Carolina 71
Marist 64 FINAL
Elon 69
NJIT 71 FINAL
Lafayette 76
Cincinnati Christian 58 FINAL
Liberty 78
Morgan State 53 FINAL
Marquette 81
Campbell 56 FINAL
Samford 65
Bucknell 71 FINAL
Siena 73
Long Beach State 67 FINAL
Syracuse 85
Coppin State 80 FINAL
Evansville 85
UMKC 73 FINAL
Indiana State 70
Hofstra 88 FINAL
Long Island 62
Coast Guard 48 FINAL
Army 93
Thomas (GA) 48 FINAL
High Point 85
Texas Southern 58 2nd Half 0:01
Kansas State 56
Rutgers 59 FINAL
Monmouth 58
NC Wesleyan 54 FINAL
NC A&T 58
South Dakota St 63 FINAL
Northern Iowa 74
Central Penn College 69 FINAL
Radford 119
Bowling Green 79 FINAL
South Florida 70
Harris-Stowe 66 FINAL
SE Missouri St 94
Robert Morris-IL 56 FINAL
SIU Edwardsville 104
Northland College 59 FINAL
North Dakota St 83
Milwaukee 60 FINAL
South Dakota 84
Northwestern St 89 2nd Half 1:28
Arkansas 94
Saint Peters 28 2nd Half 10:51
Cornell 31
St Katherine 42 2nd Half 8:40
Fresno State 72
Haskell 24 2nd Half 16:08
Oral Roberts 51
Wake Forest 43 2nd Half 12:06
Richmond 34
Fla Gulf Coast 33 2nd Half 15:31
Xavier 48
SD Christian 25 2nd Half 12:06
Northern Ariz 56
Judson 17 1st Half 7:16
IUPU-Ft Wayne 30
Ill-Chicago 10 1st Half 15:55
Bradley 4
Loyola-Maryland 9 1st Half 13:02
Fairfield 5
Miss Valley St 8 1st Half 15:28
Houston 11
Lehigh 4 1st Half 15:02
UMBC 6
Delaware State 2 1st Half 13:00
Temple 10
Belmont 5:00 PM
Butler
Howard 5:00 PM
Fordham
NW Christian 5:00 PM
Nevada
UC Davis 5:00 PM
Washington St
Abilene Christian 5:00 PM
Grand Canyon
UCLA 5:30 PM
Alabama
Stony Brook 7:00 PM
Washington
Buffalo 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
CS-Bakersfield 9:00 PM
California
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
Toledo 1/4/15 8:00 PM
Arkansas State
Drexel 71 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 54
Holy Cross 63 FINAL
Norfolk State 62
East Carolina 62 FINAL
South Florida 69
(10) Oregon State 63 FINAL
(8) Tennessee 74
Providence 51 FINAL
Boston College 79
Florida A&M 47 FINAL
Miami-Florida 83
Oakland 69 FINAL
Central Michigan 74
Chattanooga 59 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 49
Fairfield 59 FINAL
La Salle 73
St Francis-PA 59 FINAL
Pittsburgh 97
Milwaukee 72 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 78
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Longwood 63
New Hampshire 58 FINAL
Manhattan 54
Bucknell 68 FINAL
Binghamton 57
Northeastern 70 FINAL
Albany 67
George Mason 70 FINAL
Towson 72
Richmond 59 FINAL
William & Mary 56
Tulane 60 FINAL
Cincinnati 50
North Florida 51 FINAL
Florida 63
(14) Georgia 51 FINAL
Seton Hall 70
Tennessee St 75 FINAL
(12) Kentucky 87
American Univ 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 77
Massachusetts 78 FINAL
Boston U 57
Quinnipiac 69 FINAL
Saint Josephs 67
Lafayette 49 FINAL
Saint Peters 34
Northwestern 61 FINAL
(20) Michigan State 57
Duquesne 82 FINAL
Lehigh 75
George Washington 72 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 49
(17) Rutgers 66 FINAL
Indiana 51
(24) Green Bay 66 FINAL
Dayton 72
Western Mich 55 FINAL
Stony Brook 59
Davidson 67 FINAL
Virginia 57
UNC Greensboro 61 FINAL
LSU 82
Denver 63 FINAL
North Texas 55
VA Commonwealth 63 FINAL
Coppin State 52
Huston-Tillotson 36 FINAL
Houston Baptist 86
Lamar 63 FINAL
Rice 97
Miss Valley St 40 FINAL
Alabama 71
Saint Louis 63 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 49
Middle Tennessee 98 FINAL
Tenn Tech 76
Penn State 52 FINAL
(23) Iowa 77
Purdue 62 FINAL
Illinois 55
DePaul 99 FINAL
Illinois State 62
Sam Houston St 46 FINAL
Wichita State 70
South Dakota 76 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 69
(4) Notre Dame 44 2nd Half 19:01
UCLA 32
Coll of Charleston 27 2nd Half 18:01
SC State 41
Alcorn State 32 2nd Half 13:36
Texas-El Paso 31
Dartmouth 46 2nd Half 13:17
Niagara 39
Colgate 24 1st Half 1:19
Siena 28
Michigan 33 2nd Half 12:06
Wisconsin 37
Fla Gulf Coast 34 2nd Half
CS-Northridge 29
Yale 18 1st Half 2:48
(25) Arizona State 30
UC Santa Barbara 8 1st Half 11:22
(16) Stanford 17
Long Island 10 1st Half 11:59
Long Beach St 9
Jackson State 0 1st Half 20:00
Louisiana 0
Eureka 4:30 PM
Western Ill
Cornell 5:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Temple 7:30 PM
Memphis
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

<
Gophers Football Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin 2:30 pmX34-24
Jan 1 - vs. Missouri noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your favorite Gophers football uniform colors?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close