Gophers women's basketball beats Michigan with big second half

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 10:27 PM

The Gophers were 17-for-22 from the floor in the second half.

– Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B. scored 24 points each, Mikayla Bailey added a career-high 17, and the Gophers women’s basketball team shot 77 percent from the field in the second half of an 85-69 victory over Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena.

The Gophers (14-9, 3-6 Big Ten) scored 51 points in the second half, when they were 17-for-22 from the field, including 6-for-8 from three-point range. Banham, Zahui B. and Bailey had 41 of those points.

“They bounced back from a pretty awful two games, and they were very resilient,” coach Pam Borton said of her team, “and I thought everybody stepped up and made some easy shots inside.”

The Gophers turned a 38-34 halftime deficit into a 63-53 lead by hitting 11 of its first 13 to shots in the second half, forcing a Michigan timeout with 11:19 remaining.

It was a breakout game for the sophomore Bailey, who played 34 minutes with starting point guard Shayne Mullaney sitting out for the second time in three games because of concussion symptoms. Bailey was 6-for-8 from the field ­— 4-for-5 from three-point range — and had a team-high six assists.

“We’re sick of losing,” Bailey said. “I think it’s just our time to come out here and show how we play together.”

With 16 rebounds, Zahui B. posted her Big Ten-leading 10th double-double of the season, and her four blocks gave her 65 for the season, tying Janel McCarville’s school record set in 2003-04.

Banham bounced back from a nine-point game against Iowa, shooting 7-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. She and Sari Noga played the entire 40 minutes.

The Gophers ended a two-game losing streak and won their first Big Ten road game of the season. Kayla Hirt started for the first time since the season opener in place of Micaëlla Riché. Freshman Stabresa McDaniel made her first career start in place of Mullaney but played only six minutes.

Michigan (14-8, 5-4) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Freshman guard Siera Thompson had 19 points for the Wolverines but only three after halftime.

The Gophers have beaten Michigan in three of their past four meetings.

  • gophers women 85, michigan 69

    gophers women 85, michigan 69

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