Women’s hoops team falls 75-57; Whalen hurt

Senior Lindsay Whalen fell on her wrist in the first half and did not return in the loss.

Dan Miller

Minnesota’s women’s basketball senior Lindsay Whalen went down hard Thursday night and so did her team.

The 10th-ranked Gophers (18-4, 7-4 Big Ten) ended their three-game winning streak falling 75-57 to Ohio State (14-8, 6-5).

Whalen left the game in the first half and did not return after she jumped for a rebound and came down on her right wrist. She will undergo X-rays today.

But Minnesota dug itself a hole before Whalen went down.

Caity Motter out-scored the entire Minnesota team in the first half on her way to a career-high 28 points for the Buckeyes.

She scored 21 points in the first half on nine-for-10 shooting from the field.

“She did a great job in transition,” Minnesota coach Pam Borton said of Motter. “It seemed like she didn’t miss.”

Minnesota and Ohio State came into the game ranked first and second in the nation in field goal percentage. In the end, it was the Buckeyes who backed up their national leading spot, shooting 59.1 percent from the field.

The Buckeyes set the tone early in the first half racking up six blocked shots before halftime.

After the Gophers scored the first four points of the game, Motter and the Buckeyes took over. With the score tied at nine, the Buckeyes went on a 14-2 run in which Motter and Jessica Davenport combined for 12 points.

Motter went three-for-three from behind the arc in the first half scoring at will inside and out.

She hit a three-pointer with 1:52 left in the half putting the Buckeyes ahead 37-16.

Teammate Brandie Hoskins hit her own three-pointer on the following possession and the Buckeyes went into the locker room leading 43-18.

“We forced some things early and our turnovers turned into their points and things snowballed from there,” Borton said.

Ohio State turned to its inside game in the second half.

LaToya Turner scored eight consecutive points in a stretch of 4:25 putting the Buckeyes up 65-42 with 5:13 left in the game.

Minnesota went inside in the second half and scored points, but it was too little too late as the Buckeyes outscored the Gophers 39-32 in the half.

Janel McCarville led the Gophers with 16 points and eight assists

Despite upsetting then-No. 5 Penn State last Sunday, the Gophers remain winless at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.

The Gophers continue their three-game road swing Sunday traveling to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Illini.

“We need start our next game ready to play,” Borton said. “We need to be ready from the opening tip.”