Gophers' women BB struggles in tourney continue

The Gophers' women's basketball team's struggles in the Big Ten Tournament continued as they fell to #22 Ohio State 58-50 in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis. The loss caused Minnesota's record to fall in 2-11 in the event. Janel McCarville shined in defeat as she posted a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals. McCarville became the first Minnesota player in 20 years and just the third in Gopher women's basketball history to record this feat.

Minnesota held the lead just five times, with the last being at 16-14 on a McCarville jumper with 8:27 left in the first half. Ohio State's Caity Matter scored the next six points on a pair of three-pointers to give the Buckeyes the lead that they would never relinquish. The Buckeyes finished the half on a 13-4 run to lead 27-20 at halftime. The Gophers were held scoreless over the final 3:55 of the half, missing their last six shots and turning the ball over three times.

McCarville scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to three points. Minnesota would close to within three points several times in the second half, but could never get closer.

Ohio State's leading scorer, Caity Matter, led the Buckeyes with 24 points, scoring nine of Ohio State's final 11 points.

Kadidja Andersson scored 10 points for the Gophers. Minnesota outrebounded Ohio State by a 36-19, but the Buckeye shot 53.7% from the floor.

McCarville also led the team with six assists. The other triple-doubles in Gophers' history were Carol Peterka (32 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) versus Michigan on March 4, 1984, and Debbie Hunter (21 points, 10 assists, 12 steals) against Northwestern on Jan. 31, 1981.

Minnesota will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on March 14 when the 64-team field is announced. The Gophers will play host to the first and second rounds of the tourney on March 21 and 23 in Williams Arena.

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