Ohm helps Minnesota battle back from big deficit

Junior guard Brittany McCoy scrambles for the ball during Minnesota’s win over Boston College in the Gophers’ Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.

Paul Bangasser

Junior guard Brittany McCoy scrambles for the ball during Minnesota’s win over Boston College in the Gophers’ Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.

The Gophers hosted the Eagles of Boston College on Thursday night in another heated contest of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and with Minnesota down by 15 at one point, it looked as if the ACC opponent would provide a challenge. And they did âÄî at least through the first half, before junior guard Katie Ohm caught fire and helped Minnesota to a 80-60 win. The EaglesâÄô fast-paced offense appeared to be too much for the Gophers, led by guards Jaclyn Thoman and Mickel Picco. Checking the accomplishments of Eagles guards, however, was Ohm. Ohm led the Gophers offense through the first half, finishing with 14 when the buzzer sounded. âÄúThey were throwing punches at us first and we werenâÄôt fighting back,âÄù Ohm said. It was a half almost completely controlled by the Eagles, who at a time, extended the lead to 15. Minnesota pushed harder and brought fans to their feet in the final five minutes of play to cut that lead to five. Minnesota, however, didnâÄôt have doubts about what had to be done in the second half. âÄúWe were in this situation before a couple of times when we were down at halftime and I felt like our players were not worried and were always confident that we were going to win the basketball game,âÄù coach Pam Borton said. âÄúI still saw they had a lot of confidence, I really did. I thought we just had to keep chipping away.âÄù The second half was a completely different story, with Ohm hitting virtually everything from the floor and three other Minnesota players in double-figures. âÄúI thought we came out and were a tougher team in the second half. We came out a lot more aggressive and really set the tone at the beginning of the second half,âÄù Borton said. Starting in those first minutes of the second half, Gophers guards Emily Fox and Brittany McCoy took over. The two combined for 22 points on the night. âÄúI think that Brittany and [Emily] really held it down for us today,âÄù junior forward Ashley Ellis-Milan said. Ohm continued to play the threes game in the second half, adding three more to bring her total to seven for the night âÄî a career high. This comes after a total of 11 three-pointers in her past two games. Ohm finished with 23, barely surpassing another career high of 21 points, which she set Monday in a dominant St. MaryâÄôs win. That win brought the win streak to seven for Minnesota. On Thursday night, the Gophers extended that streak to eight. âÄúThis is a great win for this team and eight in a row,âÄù Borton said.