Gopher women drop third straight

Despite the heroics of senior Lindsay Whalen, the Gopher women's hoops team lost its third straight game against a ranked team on Sunday at the Barn.

Whalen scored 27 points, hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers, but Michigan State rallied for a 72-69 victory.

The No. 9 Gophers (15-3, 4-3), coming off losses at Purdue and Penn State, led by as much as nine in the second half, but couldn't handle Michigan State's defensive pressure down the stretch.

No. 20 Michigan State (15-3, 5-2) didn't lead until the final three minutes, then got the winning bucket on a putback by 6-foot-4 junior Kelli Roehrig with 19 seconds to play.

Whalen broke the U of M's career scoring record with her first bucket of the game. She surpassed Carol Ann Shudlick's 2,097 points and now has 2,123 points and counting.

Minnesota returns to action Thursday night against Indiana at Williams Arena.

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