MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kenisha Bell scored 18 points with nine rebounds, Destiny Pitts added 11 points with a trio of 3-pointers and No. 23 Minnesota led all the way to defeat Cornell 65-45 Friday, winning a fifth straight to open the season.
The Golden Gophers scored 25 points off 22 Cornell turnovers, added 19 more points from the free-throw line and six players combined for 10 steals. Palma Kaposi and Irene Garrido Perez had three steals each.
Annalese Lamke added eight points and nine rebounds and the Golden Gophers led 20-9 even before the first quarter ended.
Minnesota led 40-16 at the break, holding Cornell to 6-of-21 shooting in the first two quarters. The halftime score was the fewest points the Golden Gophers have allowed in a half this season.
Halley Miklos scored 10 points with four rebounds and Samantha Clement nine points, all from 3-point distance, for Cornell (2-2).
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Kelly Pannek scored her third career hat trick and Sophie Skarzynski added two goals of her own to lead the No. 2 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team to an 8-2 win over No. 8 St. Lawrence in game one of the Windjammer Classic hosted by Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday.
Along with multi-goal games from Pannek (3g-1a) and Skarzynski (2g), Minnesota (12-2-1, 9-2-1 WCHA) received multi-point efforts from Olivia Knowles (1g-2a), Sarah Potomak (2a), Patti Marshall (2a), and Gracie Ostertag (2a) in the win. Alex Gulstene made 16 saves, and the Gophers outshot the Saints, 43-18.
St. Lawrence (8-6-1, 3-0-0 ECAC) received goals from Nadine Edney and Rachael Smith along with 35 saves from netminder Grace Harrison.
Taylor Wente opened the scoring for the Gophers at the 16:54 mark of the first period, scoring an unassisted shorthanded goal with Minnesota on a 5-on-3 penalty kill. The Gophers extended their lead to two when Alex Woken scored her fifth goal of the season off a feed from Taylor Williamson with 1:20 remaining in the period.
The second period saw the teams combine for four goals. Skarzynski extended the Gophers’ lead to three, scoring the eventual game-winner, when she buried a feed from Ostertag at the 4:48 mark of the second period. Abigail Boreen picked up the second assist on the play when she started the play by winning a faceoff back to Ostertag.
SLU’s Edney put the Saints on the board at the 11:52 mark of the second stanza, but Knowles pushed Minnesota’s lead back to three 59 seconds later. Pannek scored her first of the game, and the Gophers’ second shorthanded goal of the game, with 1:15 remaining in the period, and the Gophers took a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.
Minnesota outscored the Saints 3-1 over the final 20 minutes to clinch the 8-2 win. Pannek and Skarzynski scored in the opening five minutes of the third period before Smith scored for the Saints at the 7:39 mark of the third period. Pannek completed her third career hat trick with 4:15 remaining to seal the win.
Minnesota was 0-for-2 on the power play while holding St. Lawrence to 1-for-6 with the skater advantage along with scoring two shorthanded goals.
The Gophers will face host Vermont in the Windjammer Classic championship game at 6 p.m. CT Saturday night after St. Lawrence and Syracuse meet in the third place game at 3 p.m. CT. Vermont topped Syracuse by a score of 2-0 in Friday’s second semifinal.
The No. 3 University of Minnesota volleyball team fell for the first time in conference action when the Golden Gophers lost, 3-2, to No. 7 Penn State, tonight in University Park, Pa. Minnesota won the first set, 25-20, lost the next two, 21-25, 28-30, won the fourth 26-24, and fell in the fifth, 12-15.
The loss snapped Minnesota’s unbeaten Big Ten record and a 19-match win streak. The Gophers are now 18-1 overall and 24-3 this season, the first loss for the Gophers since Sept. 9. Penn State, who hasn’t lost to the Gophers since 2004 on their home court, improved to 23-6 this season and 14-5 in the Big Ten.
Minnesota was led by Stephanie Samedy has she had 24 kills and hit .357. Alexis Hart had 16 kills, followed by Taylor Morgan and Regan Pittman, who each had 12 kills. Morgan hit .545 in the match, while Pittman added a .360 hitting clip. Samantha Seliger-Swenson had a season-best 63 assists, while CC McGraw had 24 digs. Pittman also led the Gophers with seven blocks.
As a team, Minnesota hit .279, had 82 digs and 12 blocks. Penn State added a .245 hitting clip, had 78 kills, added 80 digs and 13 blocks.