Lindsay Whalen's return from a broken hand clearly has sparked the Gophers in their NCAA Tournament run, but Janel McCarville's inside presence was the difference against the Eagles on Sunday.
McCarville scored 25 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots on Sunday, posting her seventh consecutive double-double. She was the best player on the court all day, and it wasn't even close.
Whalen was held to 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field, but she got her teammates involved with 10 assists and grabbed six boards. Forwards Shannon Bolden and Kadidja Andersson scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, with Andersson topping the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Minnesota (24-8) trailed 10-2 against the third-seeded Eagles, but McCarville and Co. quickly erased that deficit and took a two-point lead into the halftime intermission. A 12-0 run helped build their lead to as much as 16 in the second half and gave Borton a victory against her mentor, BC coach Cathy Inglese, who hired Borton at Vermont and brought her along to BC to serve as associate head coach before the U of M hired her in 2002.
Up next for Minnesota is a battle against No. 1 seed Duke in the Mideast Regional final Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Central. The winner will head to the Final Four in New Orleans next weekend.
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