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2008-09 season review Game 22 Minnesota Penn State

63 61

Game 23 Minnesota Iowa

64 58

Game 24 Purdue Minnesota

55 40

February 5, 2009 • Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, Pa.• Attendance: 3,851

February 8, 2009 • Williams Arena • Minneapolis, Minn.• Attendance: 7,848

February 12, 2009 • Williams Arena • Minneapolis, Minn.• Attendance: 5,051

Recap: Emily Fox scored 22 points to lead Minnesota to a 63-61 victory at Penn State. With 16 seconds to play, Fox made one of two free throws to give Minnesota a two-point cushion (63-61). Penn State’s Brianne O’Rourke pushed the ball up-court and everyone in the arena knew the ball was going to Lady Lions and Big Ten leading scorer Tyra Grant. Grant missed a 10-foot jumper in heavy traffic on the left baseline. The ball rimmed out and in a scramble for the rebound the ball ended up back in Grant’s head, but she didn’t have time to gather herself for a shot. She did get the ball off but the shot was far short of the rim. Ashley Ellis-Milan also contributed several big plays down the stretch. She hit a free throw to tie the score at 57-57, then grabbed a steal that resulted in a Fox basket to put the Gophers up 5957. The Gopher defense came up with a big stop, but Minnesota’s 22nd turnover of the game, this time a traveling call on Kiara Buford, put the ball back in Penn State’s court. Grant banked in a short jumper, giving her a team-high 21 points, to tie the game at 59-all. Ellis-Milan drew a foul on the Gophers’ next possession and hit one free throw. Fox knocked away a Penn State pass and darted down the court but missed a layup with plenty of Penn State pressure. Ellis-Milan was rewarded for her hustle as she snatched the rebound and banked home a huge bucket to put the Gophers up by three points at 6259 with 1:17 remaining. With 1:04 remaining, Penn State’s Janessa Wolff was fouled and went to the line. Her first free throw bounced high off the rim, but then found the bottom of the net. Wolff converted the second much easier to bring the Lady Lions to within a point at 62-61. The Gophers looked to run off time, but they ran off too much time and the Penn State defense forced a 30-second violation. Penn State looked to Grant whose jumper was off the front of the rim. Jackie Voigt grabbed the rebound before she was tied up by Wolff for a jump ball. Luckily, the possession arrow was aimed in Minnesota’s direction. Fox took the foul and made the one free throw setting up the game’s final play.

Recap: Minnesota owned the last four minutes of the game, outscoring Iowa by a 13-2 margin, to pull off an important 64-58 victory on Feb. 8. Iowa (14-9, 7-5) used a 7-0 run to take a 49-42 with 4:22 remaining. After a media timeout at the 3:58 mark, the Gophers went to work. Jackie Voigt hit a free throw to start the Gophers’ rally. The Gopher defense came up with a big stop with Voigt then collecting the rebound on a missed Kachine Alexander jumper. The Gophers were successful feeding the ball in to the low block on several possessions, but on this particular one Ellis-Milan found herself wide open at the top of the key. She first looked to pass, but then gathered herself for the three-pointer, swishing the shot to notch only her second career triple. The teams exchanged turnovers and missed shots before the Gophers looked inside to EllisMilan, who faked to the left then exploded to the right for a tough shot in the lane. She banked home the shot and drew the foul on Iowa’s Megan Skouby. Ellis-Milan hit the free throw to score back-to-back three-point plays. Skouby hit a jumper with defenders in her face to give Iowa its final lead at 58-56. The Gophers ran through their offense with Brittany McCoy missing a jumper. Voigt snatched the ball under the rim and found Emily Fox open on the right baseline for a 12-foot jumper to tie the score at 58-58 with 1:19 left to play. Ellis-Milan was the obvious choice to take the big shot in this game. McCoy found her in the lane, then Ellis-Milan quickly spun to her left, hitting a left-handed lay-in over Skouby to put the Gophers on top to stay. Hawkeye Kamile Wahlin had an open look at a three-pointer, but the shot rimmed out and Voigt grabbed the rebound knowing she would be fouled. The rookie stepped to the line with 30 seconds left and calmly iced the game with a pair of free throws. The scene repeated itself in the next Iowa possession. After Voigt snagged her seventh rebound of the game, she added two more free throws with seven ticks remaining.

Recap: One thing about basketball, no matter how good of defense a team has, they need to at some point put some numbers on the scoreboard to win. The game was a defensive battle with Purdue ending Minnesota’s four-game winning streak with a 55-40 victory. The loss was the Gophers’ first Big Ten loss at home. Minnesota (17-7, 9-4) was led by Ashley EllisMilan and Brittany McCoy with 10 points a piece. Lakisha Freeman scored all of her 12 points in the second half to share Purdue scoring honors with teammate FahKara Malone. Through the first 15 minutes of the second half, Minnesota had managed to score just eight points. The Boilermaker Malone’s three-pointer from deep in the right corner was on its way to the bottom of the net as the shot clock buzzer sounded. That’s how the second half went for the Gophers – even 29 seconds of great defense wasn’t good enough. The triple gave Purdue a 10-point lead at 45-35. Brittany McCoy answered with a three-pointer field goal of her own but the Boilermakers would continue to hold the Gophers down on the offensive end. With four minutes left in the game, the Gophers trailed only by seven at 47-40, but the Gophers failed to score the rest of the way and scored just 16 points in the second half. The Boilermakers owned a 27-24 lead at halftime thanks to three baskets on offensive putbacks. Minnesota, who shot 47.8 percent in the half, had a chance to tie the score at the end of the half, but Buford’s three-pointer from the left baseline was long. Malone drove in for a lay-up in the game’s opening possession. The Gopher defense turned up the pressure as Purdue missed their next five shots from the field. Brittany McCoy and Jackie Voigt hit basket as Minnesota took a 4-2 lead. WisdomHylton’s first offensive putback tied the score at 44, one of five ties in the half. Minnesota took its biggest lead at 18-13 on a Fox bucket at the 6:24 mark. Purdue answered with an 8-2 run that included three-pointers by Jodi Howell and Malone.

Minnesota Ellis-Milan, F Voigt, F Fox, G McCoy, G Ohm, G Sylva Harper Buford TEAM Totals

Minnesota Ellis-Milan, F Voigt, F Fox, G McCoy, G Ohm, G Sylva Harper Buford TEAM Totals

Minnesota Ellis-Milan, F Voigt, F Fox, G McCoy, G Ohm, G Sylva Harper Buford TEAM Totals

Min FG-A 34 3-6 28 1-4 32 10-14 39 1-5 11 1-4 9 2-5 18 1-3 29 2-4

FT-A 6-8 0-0 1-2 1-2 2-2 1-2 0-0 3-4

R 4 7 2 3 3 2 6 1 5 200 21-45 14-20 33

A Pt 1 12 0 3 2 22 5 4 1 5 0 6 1 2 0 9 10 63

Penn State Min FG-A FT-A R A Pt Grant, G 39 8-20 0-0 3 3 21 O’Rourke, G 34 3-9 2-2 2 5 8 Williams, G 37 4-11 2-2 4 1 10 Lewis 34 2-3 1-6 7 0 5 Wolff 29 4-8 3-4 5 2 11 Womack 11 0-4 0-0 1 1 0 Monroe 16 3-4 0-2 4 0 6 TEAM 5 Totals 200 25-59 8-16 31 12 61 Halftime: Penn State 34, Minnesota 28 3-Pt Goals: Minnesota: 7-17 (Fox 1-2, McCoy 1-2, Ohm 1-4, Voigt 1-2, Sylva 1-3, Buford 2-4); Penn State: 3-11 (Grant 3-8, O’Rourke 0-3) Turnovers: Minnesota 23, Penn State 17 Personal Fouls: Minnesota 17, Penn State 15 Technicals: none Fouled Out: none

110 * Minnesota Basketball

Min FG-A 36 9-16 33 2-4 30 2-14 38 1-3 14 1-6 12 3-3 11 1-3 26 3-9

FT-A 2-2 5-6 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 3-4

R 7 7 2 1 4 0 4 2 4 200 22-58 14-16 31

A Pt 2 21 1 9 4 5 3 4 1 3 1 8 2 4 2 10 16 64

Iowa Min FG-A FT-A R A Pt Alexander, F 30 0-1 2-2 5 3 2 Ausdemore, F 36 6-13 0-0 5 4 13 Skouby, C 36 10-14 1-1 11 2 21 Wahlin, G 37 2-10 2-2 7 6 8 Smith, G 38 6-13 0-0 3 4 14 Draxten 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 0 Kei 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 TEAM 6 Totals 200 24-55 5-5 38 20 58 Halftime: Iowa 29, Minnesota 23 3-Pt Goals: Minnesota: 6-23 (Ohm 1-4, Voigt 0-1, Ellis-Milan 1-1, Fox 1-8, McCoy 0-1, Buford 1-6, Sylva 2-2); Iowa Ausdemore 1-6, Wahlin 2-6, Smith 2-6, Draxten 0-2) Turnovers: Minnesota 9, Iowa 16 Personal Fouls: Minnesota 10, Iowa 13 Technicals: none Fouled Out: none

Min FG-A 40- 4-7 24 1-7 33 4-15 36 4-8 15 1-3 12 2-5 16 1-3 24 0-4

FT-A 2-6 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

200 17-52

2-7

R 6 3 5 2 1 1 0 4 7 29

Brittany McCoy

A Pt 2 10 0 2 3 9 1 10 0 3 0 4 1 2 1 0 8 40

Purdue Min FG-A FT-A R A Pt Bogdanova, F 7 0-1 0-0 3 0 0 Wisdom-Hylton, F 36 4-11 3-4 11 3 11 Howell, G 22 3-5 0-0 2 0 8 Malone, G 38 5-10 0-2 1 5 12 Freeman, G 28 4-9 4-4 1 2 12 Rayburn 28 2-5 2-2 1 1 6 Campbell 32 1-4 2-2 11 1 4 Poston 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 2 Mioton 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Guyton 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 TEAM 7 Totals 200 20-47 11-14 38 12 55 Halftime: Purdue 27, Minnesota 24 3-Pt Goals: Minnesota: 4-17 (Ohm 1-3, Voigt 0-2, Fox 1-5, McCoy 2-4, Buford 0-2, Harper 0-1); Purdue 4-10 (Howell 2-4, Malone 2-4, Rayburn 0-2) Turnovers: Minnesota 18, Purdue 19 Personal Fouls: Minnesota 17, Purdue 13 Technicals: none Fouled Out: McCoy (M)

Kiara Buford

2009-10 Minnesota Women's Basketball Media Guide  

The official media and recruiting guide for the 2009-10 University of Minnesota women's basketball team

2009-10 Minnesota Women's Basketball Media Guide  

The official media and recruiting guide for the 2009-10 University of Minnesota women's basketball team