Women’s basketball: Rose Micheaux scores career-high 31 as Gophers beat Penn State
Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with their first Big Ten road victory.
Rose Micheaux’s seventh double-double of the season was the best of her career. The Minnesota post posted a career-high 31 points and tied her best with 14 rebounds in a 75-67 victory over Penn State on Wednesday in State College, Pa.
Micheaux was 14 of 18 from the field and hit all three of her free throws as the Gophers (9-10 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak and beat the Nittany Lions for the second time this season.
Mara Braun scored 12 of her 15 points after intermission, including a pair of transition baskets during a 12-2 run that gave the Gophers a 66-57 lead on Mallory Heyer’s jumper with 1:50 remaining.
The Gophers made 9 of 10 free throws in the final 45.1 seconds, including six straight by Braun, to seal their first victory since they beat Eastern Illinois on Dec. 22. Heyer added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Makenna Marisa scored a team-high 25 points, and Shay Ciezki added 17 for Penn State (11-8, 2-6), which also got three points and 13 boards from Alexa Williamson.
The Lions forced 27 Minnesota turnovers leading to 23 points, but the Gophers won the rebounding battle, 40-31.
Micheaux finished the first half with 22 points and five rebounds, giving the Gophers a 33-26 lead with a mid-range jump shot with 7 seconds left in the second quarter. Her three-point play with 3 seconds remaining in the third quarter tied the game, 48-48, and gave her 26 points, surpassing the 25 she scored in a tight loss to North Carolina last season.
Next up for the Gophers is a 1 p.m. tip against Purdue on Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.
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