EAST LANSING, Mich. — Minnesota women’s basketball (15-11, 5-10 B1G) was tripped up on the road at Michigan State (13-12, 6-8) Monday night, 66-54.
Freshman Jasmine Powell continued her stellar play with a team-high 15 points. It was her ninth straight game in double figures and her 15th overall on the year. Powell added four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Three other Gophers — seniors Masha Adashchyk and Jasmine Brunson and freshman Sara Scalia — all had eight points, while senior Taiye Bello was the team’s top rebounder with eight boards on the night.
It was a tight first quarter as neither team led by more than three, and the frame featured four lead changes and two ties. The Spartans held a slight 14-12 lead after the first 10 minutes and continued to maintain the advantage until the Gophers pulled ahead, 23-22, thanks to a 3-pointer from junior Gadiva Hubbard.
Minnesota had its first lead since 9-8, but Michigan State countered with a 9-0 and would not trail the rest of the way.
Back-to-back baskets from Powell marked the final four points of the first half, cutting the MSU lead to 31-27 at intermission. Unfortunately, the Spartans scored the first five points of the third quarter and 11 of the first 14 to push their lead into double digits.
Michigan State led 50-38 with under two minutes to go in the third quarter but the Gophers ended the frame on a small 7-2 run to trail by seven, 52-45, heading to the fourth.
A 3-pointer from MSU’s Julia Ayrault, who finished with 14 points off the bench, opened the scoring in the fourth and got its lead back to 10, while Powell answered with a field goal and Brunson hit a free throw to get it back to seven with 8:57 to play in the game. That would be as close as Minnesota would get the rest of the way.
Senior Kehinde Bello scored her second bucket of the night to make it an eight-point contest with 6:19 remaining, but Michigan State, who got a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds from Nia Clouden, scored the next six over a span of nearly three and a half minutes to put the game away.
After two straight games on the road, Minnesota is back at Williams Arena Saturday as it hosts Indiana at 5 p.m.
TEMPE, AZ – Minnesota Baseball concluded their season-opening trip to Arizona with a bang on Monday afternoon, upending undefeated Pacific-12 Conference foe Arizona (3-0), 5-2.
Right-hander J.P. Massey was the clear-cut highlight of the day for the Maroon & Gold, starting the game on the mound for the Gophers and lasting 4 2/3 innings. In his second appearance of the young season (first start), Massey baffled Wildcat hitters, allowing just three hits and one walk to go along with an impressive seven strikeouts.
The outing represented career highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts for Massey, topping his previous bests of 4 1/3 innings and five strikeouts.
Striking first in the contest, Minnesota put their first run on the board after a Jordan Kozicky sacrifice fly brought home Ronald Sweeny from third after the transfer junior opened the inning with a triple down the right field line.
The U kept the momentum rolling in the fourth, when Max Meyer produced an RBI single to right-center to score Jack Kelly. Minnesota added a third run in the fifth, as Kozicky came across the plate after a Zack Raabe fly ball was botched in right field.
With a 3-0 lead, things got interesting in the sixth as Arizona stormed back with two runs of their own off Gopher reliever Drake Davis. The Wildcats’ two-run sixth would represent the entirety of the scoring for Arizona, however, who were unable to figure out Minnesota’s Bubba Horton in the contest’s latter innings.
Horton entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. It would be all Horton from that point forward, as the southpaw worked the Gophers out of the bases loaded jam and subsequently tossed a pair of scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth to lock down the game for the U.
In doing so, Horton earned the first save of his college career. The junior ended with a final line of 2 1/3 innings pitched, one hit allowed and three strikeouts.
Before it was all said and done, the Gophers extended their 3-2 lead in the eighth with a Sweeny bases loaded walk and Kozicky RBI single to right. As Horton locked down the save in the ninth, the final score sat at 5-2.
Reliever Drake Davis was credited with the win for Minnesota, throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up two earned runs, three hits and one walk with a pair of strikeouts.
Arizona starter Dawson Netz was saddled with the loss, lasting 4 1/3 innings with three runs allowed (two earned), four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.