Minnesota used a balanced offense and dominated the paint beating Stony Brook 66-54 at the Barn on Sunday afternoon. Sophie Hart and Mallory Heyer each had 17 points, followed Mara Braun’s 12 then Amaya Battle flirted with a triple-double while running the point
The Stony Brook Wolves came into the Barn to face the Gopher women with a 5-0 record and a much higher current RPI than Minnesota’s. The Gophers led throughout most of the game and were up by as much as 12 in the 2nd quarter. But the Wolves battled in the 3rd and slowly closed the gap until the game was tied with 5 minutes left.
Then it was a combination of Hart and Heyer to lead the Gophers on an 18-0 run and effectively put this game away. Heyer with 3 threes in this stretch, often set up by the assist or a big rebound from Battle. The Gopher point guard finished with 7 points, 9 assists and led the team with 12 rebounds.
Really a balanced offensive attack and a good defensive effort. The Wolves’ leading scorer is Khari Clark who has been averaging 18 ppg this season. The Gopher defense held her to just 4 points on 2/7 shooting but was limited in minutes due to foul trouble. Minnesota’s leading scorer, Braun, also struggled from the field, making only 4 of 14 shots. But the rest of the starting lineup picked up the slack.
Coach P’s women are now 5-1, with their only loss coming to #8 UConn. Up next is Norfolk State on Wednesday.