Gophers Drop Road Matchup with No. 16/17 Maryland
In total the Gophers had four that reached double figures Mara Brown (10) and Katie Borowicz (10) joining Micheaux and Czinano. Freshman guard Amaya Battle had one of her best all-around performances with eight points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and one block while shooting 4-of-9 from the floor.
The opening quarter was a back and forth affair for the first five minutes with neither team holding more than a two-point lead before Maryland scored six straight to take a six-point advantage with 3:06 remaining. That 6-0 run extended into a 15-6 to end the quarter, giving the hosts a nine-point after 10 minutes of play.
The second quarter was where Braun came alive for the Gophers, scoring all 10 of her first half points in less than four minutes to pull the Gophers back to within seven after falling behind early in the quarter by 19. Minnesota’s run in the middle of the The second turned into a 15-2 run, pulling the Gophers to within six with 2:46 to go in the half. Maryland didn’t stay quiet the remaining portion of the half, and evened the scoring in the quarter at 24 for both teams with a three with just two seconds remaining to take a nine-point lead, 48-39, into the locker room.
The third quarter proved to be the biggest difference maker for Maryland, the Terps scored 35 in the quarter, outscoring Minnesota by 13 to grow their lead to 22 heading into the fourth. In the final quarter Minnesota once again matched Maryland with 24 points with Czinano scoring nine of her 16 in the quarter and Micheaux scoring seven of her 22.
As a team the Gophers shot 47.9 percent (34-of-71) from the floor, which is the best the team has shot in Big Ten play this season. Maryland shot 53.2 percent (42-of-79) from the floor. On the glass the Gophers dominated with a nine-figure advantage, including grabbing 14 offensive rebounds to Maryland’s 10. A key difference in the game ended up being turnovers with Maryland turning 23 Minnesota turnovers into 30 points with the Gophers only forcing six turnovers that led to two points.
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