Women’s hoops wins second Big Ten game

Minnesota should be in a good frame of mind for its weekend matchup with Iowa, thanks to a win Thursday over Northwestern.
Tied at 64 at the end of regulation, the Gophers outscored Northwestern 12-3 in overtime for a 76-67 win last night at Welsh Ryan Arena.
Minnesota (9-15, 2-11 Big Ten) got all but four points from four people: Cassie VanderHeyden (26), Erin Olson (19), Kim Prince (16) and Lindsay Lieser (11). The Gophers shot 51 percent for the game, the Wildcats (6-18, 3-11) shot just 38 percent.
Led by VanderHeyden and Lieser, Minnesota made 7-for-15 from behind the arc. Olson also had seven assists and VanderHeyden had six. The Gophers also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Wildcats 34-18.
Minnesota hopes to erase memories of a painful loss in Iowa City on Jan. 13 when the Hawkeyes visit the Sports Pavilion on Sunday for round two. Not to mention the Gophers have a chance to pull out of dead last for the first time in five years.
Iowa (7-15, 4-8 Big Ten) used a 16-2 first half run to propel its 80-51 win over Minnesota (8-15, 1-11 Big Ten) in the border rivals’ first meeting.
The Gophers were unable to recover from a first half in which they committed 16 turnovers, while the Hawkeyes shot 64 percent from the field. Iowa led by 22 at the break.
Sophomore Lindsey Meder and Junior Cara Consuerga led the way for Iowa, scoring 20 and 19 points respectively.
The Gophers’ leading scorer was VanderHeyden, who finished with 13 points. Senior Moneeke Bowden added 11 points for Minnesota.
Sunday’s game could also be a tough for Minnesota as Iowa played their best game of the year last Sunday, upsetting No. 25 Illinois 80-73 in Iowa City.
Consuerga was named co-Big Ten player of the week for her 23-point effort in the Hawkeyes’ win. She also added six assists and is second in the conference in that category.
Minnesota has continued to struggle at home against Big Ten schools. Their 66-55 loss against Wisconsin on Feb. 10 was their 23rd consecutive conference home loss.

Jason J. Iacovino covers women’s basketball and welcomes comments at [email protected]