Indiana snaps women’s hoops win streak, 73-63

Minnesota’s women’s basketball team struggled on both ends of the court Sunday in its 73-63 loss at Indiana.

The loss ended the Gophers six-game winning streak.

No. 15 Minnesota (20-5, 10-4 Big Ten), the third-highest-scoring offense in the nation, struggled scoring its second-lowest point total of the season.

The Gophers shot 40 percent from the field, 10 below their season average, and only 33 percent in the decisive second half.

“We didn’t play well on either end of the court,” coach Brenda Oldfield said. “It’s very disappointing. A lot of players didn’t show up for us.”

Indiana (12-13, 6-8) used an 11-2 run early in the second half to open up a 29-28 halftime lead. The difference in the game came at the charity stripe. The Hoosiers made 18 free throws, compared to the Gophers’ nine.

Sophomore Lindsay Whalen, coming off a career-high 41 points Thursday, was held to 16 points before fouling out with 1:30 remaining.

Center Janel McCarville led Minnesota with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting but was limited to 24 minutes because of early foul trouble.

“Janel is our main low post presence,” Oldfield said. “We didn’t respond with her not in the game. We have got to find an answer to that.”

Senior Jill Chapman compiled a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Indiana assistant coach Trish Betthauser was in charge and won her first game since replacing Kathi Bennett.

Bennett broke a bone in her neck Feb. 8 in a car accident.

Minnesota is tied for second place in the conference with Penn State (18-9, 10-4) and concludes the Big Ten schedule this week with home games against Wisconsin on Thursday and Michigan State on Sunday.

“(Sunday) we didn’t show like we were playing for anything,” Oldfield said. “We will see how tough this team is this week. Hopefully this was a reality check for everyone.”

– Adam Fink, Staff Reporter

Baseball swept

Minnesota’s baseball team kicked off its season over the weekend being swept by defending national champion Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Gophers (0-3) were dealt a tough loss Sunday when the Hurricanes (5-4) scored in the bottom of the ninth to win, 7-6.

Minnesota scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead, but Miami responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

On Saturday, the Gophers came up short in an offensive dual with the Hurricanes. In a game of numbers, Miami outperformed Minnesota in the one that counts – runs – by a margin of 21-17.

The contest saw both teams combine to score 38 runs on 37 hits, including two grand slams and totaling nine home runs.

Friday’s game was Minnesota’s first of the season but the seventh for the Hurricanes. The Gophers showed their inexperience in a 10-4 loss.

Minnesota hitters struck out 10 times and Miami jumped to a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the third.

Starting pitcher C.J. Woodrow lasted only four innings.

Next up for the Gophers is a three-game series with Northwestern State University, which begins Friday.

Men’s tennis upset

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team, ranked 15th in the nation, was upset 5-2 Saturday by Wake Forest.

The Gophers (4-1) played their third match without Harsh Mankad, the nation’s second-ranked singles player, who is recovering from a wrist injury.

The Deacons took control of the match in the singles competition, winning five of six sets.

Softball wins Triangle Classic

Minnesota’s softball team defeated host North Carolina on Sunday 7-0 to win the Triangle Classic.

Angie Recknor got the win for Minnesota, allowing just three hits. The Gophers defeated Tennessee earlier in the day to advance to the championship game.

Piper Marten upped her record to 7-0 Saturday with a 4-1 win over Virginia. Marten gave up just her second run of the season in the first inning,

On Friday, Gophers pitchers Marten and Angie Recknor combined to allow just two hits in a pair of victories over Boston University and UNC-Charlotte.

Marten threw Minnesota’s eighth no-hitter in school history, striking out 15 Boston batters in a 2-0 victory.

In Game 2, the Gophers scored two runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 2-0 victory.

Gymnastics beats Iowa

Minnesota’s women’s gymnastics team defeated Iowa on Sunday to cap a successful weekend.

The No. 12 Gophers (5-2) recorded a season-high score of 196.725 in the win.

Senior MaryAnne Kelley was the leading scorer for Minnesota, recording a career-high 9.95 on the floor exercises.

On Friday, the Gophers upset No. 8 Iowa State 195.175 to 195.00 in Ames, Iowa.

The Cyclones outscored the Gophers on three events, but Kelley led Minnesota back with a first-place finish on the beam.

Next up for the Gophers is a home contest with Iowa State on Saturday.