MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota (12-7, 2-6 B1G) saw its 13-game win streak over Wisconsin (10-9, 2-6) come to an end Wednesday night as the Badgers prevailed at Williams Arena, 72-62.
The streak was the longest active for the Golden Gophers against one team and was the second longest ever for Minnesota against another school. Only a 16-game streak versus Northwestern from Feb. 2000 to Jan. 2009 was longer.
Four players reached double figures for Minnesota with senior Jasmine Brunson and redshirt junior Gadiva Hubbard leading the way with 12 points each.
Brunson added a team-high three assists as she reached double figures for the fourth straight game, the longest stretch of her career. Hubbard’s two made 3-pointers tied her with Sari Noga for seventh in school history with 154 made.
Freshman Jasmine Powell pitched in with 11 points off the bench, scoring at least 10 points for the third time in the last four games and the eighth time overall. She had not made more than one 3-pointer in a game this season, she was 3-of-5 from 3-point range Wednesday.
Fellow freshman Sara Scalia added 10 points, and she matched Brunson with three assists to lead the team.
Senior Taiye Bello was one point away from her ninth double-double of the season as she finished with 13 rebounds and nine points. It was her fifth game this year finishing either one point or one rebound shy of a double-double. Of her 13 rebounds, eight came on the offensive end to tie a season high.
Wisconsin, which was led by Imani Lewis’ 23 points and 16 rebounds, led 20-14 after the first quarter, but the Gophers turned it on in the second and outscored the Badgers 23-14 in the stanza.
Down 30-26 with over 5:30 to play in the quarter, Minnesota embarked on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 37-34 lead into the half. Hubbard made a 3-pointer and after a pair of Badgers free throws, added two of her own from the charity stripe to get the Gophers within one.
A layup from Scalia gave Minnesota its first lead of the night at 33-32, and she added another bucket after a lay-in from Powell, giving the Gophers their biggest lead of the night at 37-32.
Unfortunately Minnesota couldn’t keep the momentum up in the second half as Wisconsin held a 19-8 edge in the third quarter. Tied at 45-45 with 5:18 to play in the frame, Wisconsin closed out the quarter on an 8-0 run and led 53-45 entering the fourth.
Minnesota would get as close as five midway through the final frame.
The Golden Gophers are back on the road Monday as they visit No. 17 Indiana.