Women’s hoops wins at St. Louis

Tanisha Gilbert posted her second collegiate double-double with a career high 20 points and 10 rebounds, moving the Gophers women’s basketball team to 6-3 on the season after a 77-71 win over St. Louis University.
Gilbert was named co-Big Ten player of the week for her efforts. She was the biggest reason Minnesota went 3-0 last week, defeating Virginia Commonwealth, Ohio and St. Louis. She averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in those three games, shooting a blistering 70 percent from the field.
Against the Bilkens, the Gophers shot 55 percent from the field and outrebounded St. Louis 42-27.
Kim Prince added 17 points and Lindsay Whalen chipped in with 14.
The Gophers are off until Dec. 23 when they travel to Marist College.
The top-ranked Minnesota wrestling team (5-0) routed 19th-ranked Hofstra 33-3 in one of three dual meets over the weekend. Minnesota also rolled 45-0 over Princeton and 37-2 against Seton Hall.
Against Hofstra, the Gophers opened at 165 points. Brad Pike defeated Noel Thompson 7-3. At 174, Minnesota’s Matt Kraft beat Rob Anspach 8-3.
In the featured match, No. 5 Jared Lawerence of Minnesota beat third-ranked Eric Schmiesing 3-2 to remain undefeated. Luke Becker and Leroy Vega also posted wins.
Vega was also one of four Gophers to post pins against Princeton and Seton Hall. The Gophers won nine of ten matches, and their lone loss came at 133 pounds. Ryan Lewis, filled in for Brett Lawerence, and lost David Ilaria 7-6.
Brett and Jared Lawerence won their matches for Minnesota, as did Kraft, Trent Hatlevig (149 pounds), Pike at 165 and Damion Hahn (184 pounds).
Minnesota next competes at the Midlands Tournament on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill. before hosting No. 2 Oklahoma State on Jan. 7 at Williams Arena. The Big Ten season begins Jan. 26.