Whalen's 30 leads Gophers over Iowa

Lindsay Whalen scored 30 points to help the No. 6 Gopher women's basketball team knock off Iowa 75-61 before a school-record crowd at Williams Arena on Sunday.

When a team is struggling, it usually looks to its leader for direction, and that's exactly what Lindsay Whalen provided for the Gophers on Sunday.

Minnesota struggled early as Iowa (7-7, 1-2 Big Ten) hung tough in front of a school-record crowd of 13,817. However, Whalen came to the rescue, scoring 16 of Minnesota's first 24 points and helped the Gophers take a 33-29 halftime lead.

Senior forward Kadidja Andersson had a big day, scoring 15 points and dishing out a team-high five assists in 38 solid minutes of action.

Junior center Janel McCarville came to life after a shaky first half, hitting 6 of 12 shots and scoring 15 points as Minnesota pulled away late in the second half for the victory.

Whalen, who hit 11 of 19 shots on the day, moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,055. She needs 43 points to bypass Carol Ann Shudlick for first place. Meanwhile, McCarville scored her 1,000th career point on Sunday, making her the 14th Gopher to reach that mark.

Minnesota (14-0, 3-0) hosts Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m.

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