Gopher senior forward Janel McCarville made life difficult for Wisconsin (10-14 overall, 4-10 Big Ten), as she had a career-high 33 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. The Stevens Point, Wis., native, who picked up her 44th career double-double, was 14 of 20 from the field (.700) for the Gophers, who move to 20-6 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten.
"Janel is a tremendous player," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "We forced her to take shots from past the block area, but she kept making all of them. When the ball is in her hands, she is a dangerous player."
"The script could not have been written better against Wisconsin on senior day with Janel McCarville recording her career-high 33 points," Minnesota head coach Pam Borton said. "It was great for her to end on a great note."
Banks had 10 points and two steals during the first half for the Badgers, who were 10 of 32 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Banks hit two free throws at 13:35 in the second half to narrow Minnesota's lead to 53-35 but Wisconsin suffered a seven-minute scoring drought, giving Minnesota the opportunity to build up to a 67-35 lead. UW freshman guard Jolene Anderson ended the drought with a jumper with 7:31 left. She finished with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers. Anderson and Banks were the only Badgers to finish in double-figure scoring.
"Wisconsin is all about getting the ball to Janese Banks," Borton said. "I thought that (Gopher junior forward) Shannon Bolden did a great job guarding her defensively. Their game plan is to give her shots off of transition and our job was to make her game more difficult."
Wisconsin will celebrate its senior day Wednesday as it faces Northwestern in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.