Albuquerque, N.M. - Four players scored in double figures as the Gophers edged the New Mexico Lobos 69-65 on Tuesday night at WisePies Arena (aka The Pit) to give their coach her 100th career win.
Marlene Stollings, in her third season at Minnesota, now is 100-67 in six seasons. She started at Winthrop (18-13) and then coached two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth (combined 33-29). She has back-to-back 20-win seasons with the Gophers.
“Gophers WIN on the road!,” Stollings tweeted. “Thank you to everyone for all of the congrats on Win—100. Special to do it with this team.” The tweet ended with an emoji with two hearts for eyes.
Freshman guard Gadiva Hubbard scored 18 points to lead Minnesota (6-3) while Kenisha Bell had 16, Carlie Wagner 14 and Whitney Tinjum 10. Wagner also had 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.
Richelle van der Keijl, a transfer from Wright State, led New Mexico with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Cherise Beynon had 12 points and 14 assists.
The Gophers had a seemingly comfortable 68-54 lead — after Hubbard scored on a three-pointer and a layup — before the Lobos went on an 11-0 run. New Mexico (3-5) took advantage of five turnovers during that run, two on steals by Beynon.
With 21 seconds left, Wagner made one of the game’s biggest plays by calling timeout just before being tied up with the possession arrow in the Lobos’ favor.
With the score 68-65, Bell made one of two free throws with seven seconds left for the final margin. Then Bell pressured Beynon into a turnover, so New Mexico couldn’t get a last-second shot.
Tinjum, a reserve forward, had all 10 of her points in the second quarter, which ended with the Gophers ahead 37-34.
Hubbard scored 16 points in the second half. The native of Virginia Beach, Va., came into the game averaging 14.6 points — the most among Big Ten freshmen. She was 4-for-9 on three-pointers, helping the Gophers shoot 39.1 percent (9-for-23) from behind the arc; the Lobos were 17.9 percent on threes (5-for-28).