Washington ends Gophers’ streak 72-67

Minnesota’s 31-game nonconference winning streak came to a halt in overtime.

David McCoy

It took Washington overtime, but the Huskies finally ended Minnesota’s women’s basketball team’s 31-game nonconference winning streak Monday in Seattle.

Washington beat the Gophers 72-67 in the final game of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Classic held Sunday and Monday at Bank of America Arena.

Cameo Hicks led the way for the Huskies, scoring 14 points.

Minnesota (1-1) led throughout the entire first half, taking a 30-27 lead into the locker room.

Washington (2-0) took its first lead of the game 14:32 into the second half at 35-34 after Maggie O’Hara converted a Lauren Lacy turnover into two points.

That came during what ended up a 10-4 run by Washington to start the second half.

Washington got its next six points from Hicks to start an 8-3 run that would put the team ahead 46-40 with just more than nine minutes remaining.

But with 7 1/2 minutes left in the game, Minnesota tied the game 46-46 after a basket by Liz Podominick, a free throw by Jamie Broback and a three-pointer by Shannon Schonrock.

A three-pointer by April Calhoun just before the shot clock expired gave Minnesota a 49-46 lead with just less than seven minutes left.

Lacy’s six points in the game’s final 5 1/2 minutes helped Minnesota cling to a 55-51 lead with four minutes left.

But with two minutes left, a three-pointer by Kristen O’Neill put the Huskies ahead 56-55.

Schonrock answered with a three of her own, putting Minnesota back on top 58-56.

Two free throws by Washington’s Breanne Watson with 1:20 left tied the game 58-58, and the game went to overtime.

Washington opened overtime on a 6-2 run, taking a 64-60 lead after 2 1/2 minutes.

The Huskies then extended their lead to 69-63 with 1:11 to go.

With 18 seconds left, Shannon Bolden was undercut going up for a rebound and hit two free throws to move the Gophers within two at 69-67.

But the Huskies controlled the clock the rest of the way, getting three free throws at the end to put a halt to the Gophers’ streak.

It is the first game Minnesota has lost in November under coach Pam Borton.

Broback, who was named Big Ten player of the week earlier in the day for her 28-point performance against UNLV on Sunday, again led Minnesota, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

Schonrock added 12 for the Gophers, and Podominick contributed 10.