Iowa City – Carlie Wagner became the fifth player in program history to score 2,000 points in her career and Kenisha Bell had a career-high 35 points, but the Gophers women’s basketball team lost 92-84 to Iowa on Sunday afternoon in the Big Ten.
Megan Gustafson, a 6-3 junior center, led the Hawkeyes (18-6, 6-5 Big Ten) with 25 points and 15 rebounds. It was her 22nd double-double this season, and two Gophers fouled out trying to guard her. Gustafson was 11-for-14 at the free-throw line.
“We let them shoot 33 free throws,” Gophers coach Marlene Stollings said in a postgame radio interview. “That’s a huge amount, and they had a lot of points in the paint.
“[But] we put ourselves in a position to try to have a shot at the end.”
The Gophers (17-6, 6-4) trailed by as many as 17 early in the third quarter, but they used a 12-3 run to cut the lead to 88-84 with 21 seconds left.
Wagner, a senior guard, finished with 20 points. She reached 2,000 points on a three-pointer with 5:48 left in the third quarter.
“There is a lot of emotions going on — we had never won here,” Wagner said on radio. “We wanted to be the team that broke that. … We didn’t get the big stops down the stretch we really needed.”
The Gophers’ last victory in Iowa City was on Jan. 25, 2007. The home team has won the past six games in this rivalry; Minnesota won 77-72 at home on Jan. 21.
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