Lindsay Whalen scores 32 in win over Michigan

All-America guard Lindsay Whalen scored 32 points, half of her team's points, to lead the #6 ranked Minnesota women's basketball team to a 64-44 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Golden Gophers improved to 11-0 (1-0 Big Ten) on the season, one win from tying last year's school-record 12-0 start. Michigan falls to 7-7 overall (0-1 Big Ten).

Minnesota held a 36-20 lead at halftime. Whalen scored 21 points in the first half, more than Michigan's total output. She hit a personal-best five of five from three-point range and eight of nine from the field.
After a layup by Michigan 's Jennifer Smith made the score 15-12 Minnesota, the Wolverines went over six minutes without scoring while the Golden Gophers went on a 9-0 run to take control. Minnesota built a 16-point lead when Whalen ended the half on a layup.
Minnesota shot just 38.1 percent (8-21) in the second half, despite maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the half. Michigan made just seven field goals and shot a lowly 28.0%.
The 32-point outing was the second consecutive 30-plus scoring game for Whalen and the 11th of her career. The senior guard now needs just 20 points to hit the 2,000 career point plateau.
The Wolverines sagged three players around Gophers center Janel McCarville throughout the game, yet the 6-2 center set a career high with five blocks and tied another with six assists. She also added four steals. The Big Ten leader in double-doubles tallied season-lows with six points and six rebounds.
The 44 points scored allowed by the Minnesota defense tied the fourth lowest scoring output by a Gopher opponent in Big Ten history and the lowest since Indiana scored 44 points on Feb. 20, 1987.
The crowd of 10,917 was the fifth largest in Minnesota history.
Minnesota concludes a streak of four games in seven days on Saturday when the Golden Gophers play host to South Carolina in a 3 p.m. game televised on CBS.

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