Banham and Wagner Lead Gophers in Win at Wisconsin
Madison, WI (GopherSports.com) - The Golden Gophers (13-6, 5-3 Big Ten) earned their eighth straight win over Wisconsin (6-12, 2-6 Big Ten), 84-77. Rachel Banham and Carlie Wagner each scored 20 points, and Allina Starr turned in Minnesota’s first double-double in conference play this season.
Minnesota led by up to 23 points before Wisconsin got back into the game in the fourth. But 18 second-half points from Banham helped the Gophers hold on for their third consecutive conference victory.
Starr scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Joanna Hedstrom also notched 12 rebounds to go with her nine points. The dozen caroms marked career highs for both.
Wisconsin made 10 3-pointers to Minnesota’s six, but the Gophers had a 38-28 advantage in the paint. The Gophers outrebounded the Badgers 47-42 and scored 24 second-chance points to the Badgers’ 12. Nicole Bauman led Wisconsin with 24 points.