Gophers women's basketball falls at Purdue
Minnesota has lost four straight games and five of its past six
Purdue held Minnesota’s leading scorer Sara Scalia to 10 points, and Purdue guard Jeanae Terry finished with her second triple-double of the season as the Boilermakers beat Minnesota 80-66 on Thursday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Scalia, a junior guard from Stillwater who came into the game averaging 21.3 points in her past eight games, shot 3 of 13 from the field and finished with 10 points, her lowest total since she scored five in an 82-76 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 1.
Deja Winters scored a game-high 17 points, and Jasmine Powell added 13 and five assists as the Gophers lost for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six games. They’re host to Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.
The Gophers tried to mount a late run, whittling a 70-55 deficit to nine on a Winters’ 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 18 seconds remaining, but the Boilermakers scored the next seven points to go up 80-63 with 1:32 left.
Winters’ 3-pointer with 30 seconds left accounted for the final score.
Terry, a junior guard, finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for Purdue, which improved to 13-7 overall, 4-5 in the Big Ten. The Gophers fell to 9-12 overall, 2-7 in conference play.
Minnesota trailed by only four at halftime, 30-26, despite getting zero points from Scalia, who was coming off a 31-point night at Michigan State is the team’s leading scorer with a 16.4-point average. The off guard was 0 for 6 from the field before intermission.
Still, the Gophers were hanging in there, cutting a nine-point deficit to four on Winters’ last-second 3-pointer.
But as it has in most of its losses this season, Minnesota got behind early and spent all its energy trying to catch up. After Kadi Sissoko gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead with a layup, Purdue scored the next 10 points. Powell’s layup with 5:01 remaining in the first quarter ended a 4-minute, 20-second scoring drought for Minnesota. It wasn’t their last.
The Gophers used a 10-run to take a one-point lead, 19-18, after a three-point play from Powell and a short jumper from Laura Bagwell Katalinich with 7:10 left in the half, then didn’t score again until Powell made 1 of 2 free throws with 1:34 left. Gadiva Hubbard made a short jumper in transition — making the Gophers 1 for their last 11 shots — before Winters’ 3-pointer ended the half.