The Gophers women’s basketball team stayed winless in Big Ten games, losing to Indiana 78-62 on Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.
The loss dropped Minnesota’s conference record to 0-3. The Gophers earlier fell to Ohio State and Maryland, ranked No. 11 and No. 3 in the nation, respectively. The Hoosiers were picked to finish third in the Big Ten behind those two powers in a preseason coaches’ poll.
Sophomore guard Kenisha Bell scored 23 points — on 8-for-23 shooting — to lead Minnesota (9-7, 0-3), and Carlie Wagner added 11 on 4-for-12 shooting, but none of the other starters had more than nine points and the bench combined for six.
Bell also had nine rebounds and four steals but struggled against the Hoosiers’ defense, committing 11 turnovers.
Bryanna Fernstrom, a 6-5 transfer from Iowa State, made her second start for the Gophers since becoming eligible late last month. She had seven points, a game-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. She has 10 blocks in three games.
Whitney Tinjum, who took only four shots, had nine points and nine rebounds for for the Gophers.
Guard Alexis Gassion paced the Hoosiers (12-4, 2-1) with 26 points and was 3-for-4 on three-pointers. That’s two more threes than the Gophers made. They were 1-for-12 behind the arc while Indiana was 10-for-23.
Tyra Buss added 13 points and seven assists and Amanda Cahill 12 points and nine rebounds for Indiana.
The Hoosiers took an 11-3 lead 4:20 into game and led 17-6 after one quarter and 42-23 at halftime.
The Gophers outrebounded Indiana 47-40 but shot only 37.3 percent to Indiana’s 42.5. And Minnesota committed 22 turnovers, the third consecutive game they have had more than 20, while Indiana made 10.
Minnesota did outperform the Hoosiers in one shooting category. The Gophers were 17 of 24 on free throws — Bell was 7-for-9 — Indiana was only six of 16.
The Gophers had beaten the Hoosiers in six of their past eight meetings.