LAS VEGAS – Four starters scored in double figures as the Gophers women’s basketball team defeated Wake Forest 93-81 on Saturday afternoon in the Lady Rebel Roundup to improve to 6-0 this season. It’s their best start since opening with six wins in 2007-08.
Gadiva Hubbard had a season-high 25 points and Kenisha Bell 23 to lead Minnesota. Bell also had nine assists.
Freshman Destiny Pitts added 18 points and had 13 rebounds for the Gophers — her third double-double in the past four games — while Carlie Wagner had 16 points. Wagner moved into third place on the Gophers’ all-time three-point field goal list with 218 by making two of nine shots from behind the arc. She needs three more points to tie Molly Tadich (1983-87) for seventh place on the school’s career scoring list.
Wake Forest (2-3), which came into the game averaging 66.5 points, actually had more players in double figures than Minnesota with five. Ariel Stephenson led the Demon Deacons with 20 points.
The Gophers led 47-41 at halftime behind Bell’s 14 points and Pitts’ 12.
The Demon Deacons went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter to take a 55-54 lead on Gina Conti’s jumper midway through the quarter.
Pitts made two free throws to tie the score at 58-all with 3:23 left in the period to start a 10-0 run.
Wagner followed with a three, Bell with a jumper, Pitts with one free throw and Hubbard with two to make it 66-58 Gophers.
Wake Forest never got closer than six points after that.