Minnesota defeated Maryland 93-74 against the Barn. It was the team’s third win against a Top-25 opponent this season and first Top-10 win since February 2016. In addition, yesterday was the first win for the program against the Terrapins. With the win, the Gophers move to 21-6 on the season and 10-4 in conference play with two games remaining.
Destiny Pitts, Kenisha Bell, and Gadiva Hubbard all had 20 point games, and Carlie Wagner added 17 on the night. The Gophers put on a blistering shooting performance, putting up an effective shooting percentage of 63% behind 14-24 shooting from the three point line. Furthermore, in opposition to pregame comments, the Gophers did not allow Maryland to run them off the floor. Rather, Minnesota played defense, a usually foreign quality to games this season.
Pitts continues to lock up her Big Ten Freshman of the year campaign. Besides the 20 points, she had 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Moreover, with six three pointers she now holds the record for three pointers made by a freshman with 73. That number will increase by the end of the season.
Gadiva Hubbard had 22 points on 8-13 shootings, and added 4 rebounds and two assists. Hubbard kept the Gophers in the game early with timely shooting.
Carlie Wagner’s 17 points gave her 108 games in double figures as a Gopher, tying Lindsay Whalen for second all-time.
As it stands right now, the Gophers are projected as a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, with several games left on the season to potentially improve that position. Minnesota hosts Indiana Tuesday night in its final home game of the regular season. It will be senior night, so another reason to go to the game if you are able.