BLOOMINGTON, IND. - Indiana made only one basket in the fourth quarter but thrived at the free-throw line — 15-for-18 — to defeat the Gophers 65-52 on Monday night in Big Ten women’s basketball.
Minnesota is 2-7 halfway through the conference season — just as it was a year ago.
Grace Berger, a sophomore guard, scored a career-high 25 points and had 11 rebounds for her first double-double to lead the No. 20 Hoosiers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten).
Freshman guard Jasmine Powell tied her season high of 15 points for the Gophers, 12-8 overall, while Taiye Bello had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Jasmine Brunson added 11 points.
“I was really excited at first and I wanted to do everything right,” Powell said on the Gopher Radio Network, referring to first her first start.
The Gophers shot only 32.8% from the field and 26.3% (5-for-19) on threes. Indiana shot 42.3% — Berger was 10 of 13 — and outscored the Gophers 20-9 at the foul line.
“It came down to Grace Berger,” coach Lindsay Whalen said on the radio postgame show. “… Do we [the Big Ten]have an award like the most improved player? She was the difference in the game.”
Whalen also said the Hoosiers played great defense while her team played hard but struggled to score: “They laid it all out there. We didn’t get the shots to fall.”
“We have to get back to us,” Powell said, asked about how the Gophers can recover. “After adversity, we have held out heads down.”