Once again, Banham's effort not enough in OT loss for Gophers

  • Article by: STAFF REPORTS
  • Updated: January 19, 2014 - 11:55 PM

For the second game in a row, the Gophers wasted a big game from their point guard in an overtime road loss.

– Another big game from Rachel Banham. Another overtime loss on the road for the Gophers women’s basketball team.

Larryn Brooks made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 53 seconds left in overtime and Indiana beat the Gophers 83-78 on Sunday before an announced crowd of 4,532 at Assembly Hall.

It was the Gophers’ second consecutive overtime loss. They lost 88-85 at No. 18 Nebraska on Thursday despite getting 33 points in that game from Banham, including a three-pointer to tie the score near the end of regulation.

This time, the junior point guard had 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while Amanda Zahui B. added 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. But the Gophers (12-7, 1-4 Big Ten) couldn’t offset a big performance by Brooks, who finished with 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Hoosiers (15-3, 2-3), including a three-pointer at the end of the first half, keeping Indiana within 39-37 at the break.

Brooks was part of an all-freshman starting lineup that made its debut for Indiana. Tayler Agler added 20 points and seven rebounds, including five points in overtime.

Indiana opened the second half on a 23-11 run, taking a 60-50 lead with 8 minutes, 48 seconds to play. But the Gophers climbed back, going up 69-68 with 1:12 to go on Zahui’s layup. Brooks responded with a layup 11 seconds later, and Banham made one of two free throws with 38 seconds to go to tie it up at 70-70 before the Hoosiers missed a couple of game-winning opportunities at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Gophers took leads of 74-72 and 76-75, but their offense stalled from there. Brooks stole the ball with 1:14 to play and the score tied before making her fourth three-pointer of the game to give Indiana the lead for good at 79-76.

After the teams traded free throws in the final minute, Banham missed a tying three-pointer with six seconds left and Brooks followed with two more free throws to close the scoring.

The Gophers shot 46.7 percent from the field and 81.8 percent (18-for-22) from the free-throw line compared to 38.0 percent and 73.3 percent for Indiana, but the Hoosiers had a 48-37 advantage in rebounds, including 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 more shot attempts.


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