ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The Gophers women’s basketball team dropped to 1-4 in the Big Ten after an 84-69 loss to Michigan on Sunday.
Carlie Wagner scored a career-high 38 points, but 28 of those were the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter. By then, the Gophers were in too deep a hole. Their largest deficit was 29 points.
The Gophers (10-8) committed 22 turnovers and gave up 48 points in the paint. Of the Wolverines’ 40 rebounds, 19 were on the offensive end.
Michigan led 47-22 at halftime after outscoring Minnesota 22-6 in the second quarter when the Gophers were held scoreless for the first 6 ½ minutes.
Katelynn Flaherty scored 22 points and was 6-for-13 from beyond the arc for one of the nation’s top three-point shooting teams. Hallie Thome, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and rebounder in conference play, had 20 points and a career-high 17 boards.
Michigan (15-4, 4-1 Big Ten), which improved to 10-0 at Crisler Center this season, had 81 field-goal attempts, compared with 56 for the Gophers. It shot only five free throws — none in the first half.
Wagner’s previous career high was 32. Her 13 field goals (in 20 attempts) and seven threes (in nine attempts) were also career bests. The junior moved up to 13th on the Gophers’ all-time scoring list.
Joanna Hedstrom was the only other Gophers player to score in double figures. She had 13. Gadiva Hubbard returned to the starting lineup after missing five games because of mononucleosis.