Gophers' women's team defeats Texas A&M 88-72

The #9 ranked Minnesota women's basketball team jumped out to a 50-25 halftime lead and hung on to capture an 88-72 victory over Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. The Golden Gophers, who improve to 4-0, will face Southern California in the championship game tomorrow at 7:50 p.m. (Central).

The Gophers shot 67.7 percent in the first half, shreading the Aggie press for several easy layups. Both Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville had 13 points by intermission.

The second half was a different story as the fouls mounted for the Gophers and the players tired due to the 80-degree-plus heat. McCarville played only five minutes in the second half before fouling out. Gopher coach Pam Borton also used a variety of lineups in an attempt to keep her charges rested.

Texas A&M (1-2) cut a 32-point second half deficit to 11 points with 1:58 to play but the lead was never seriously threatened. Senior forward Kadidja Andersson paced the Gophers in the second half, scoring 10 of her 18 points in the second half.

Whalen and McCarville added 17 points a piece, with Liz Podominick coming off the bench to contribute nine points.

Toccara Williams led Texas A&M with 22 points.

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