MORAGA, CALIF. - Jasmine Martin's basket with 1.9 seconds to play lifted Quinnipiac over the Gophers women's basketball team 64-62 on Friday night in the first round of the Concord Hilton tournament.
The loss spoiled a double-double performance from junior Katie Loberg.
She finished with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, the second double-double of her career.
The Gophers (3-3) led by as many as five points in the second half and held a three-point advantage with a little more than a minute to play, but a three-point play by Quinnipiac (2-2) at 40 seconds evened the contest for the 12th time before Martin's game-winner.
Freshman Rachel Banham and senior Kiara Buford also scored in double figures. Banham had 12 points to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Buford's 10 points, all of which came in the second half, extended her streak of double-digit performances to six games.
Sophomore Sari Noga had a good day on the boards with a career-best nine rebounds. Senior Jackie Voigt was the Gophers' most productive player off the bench, scoring eight points, getting four rebounds and drawing a pair of charges in 24 minutes.
Minnesota led 34-31 at the half as Loberg already had registered her double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Banham also added double-digit scoring in the first half with 10 points.
Minnesota got off to a slow start in the second half, not scoring through the first 4:11. Banham finally scored at 15:49 to give the lead back to the Gophers, 36-35, and start a 6-2 run, which included a layup by Micaëlla Riché and a pair of free throws from Leah Cotton.
Quinnipiac once again evened the score, 42-42, with 11:49 to play. From that point on the two teams tied the score six more times before Martin's game-winning jumper closed it out.
Minnesota will play Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game