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    Default B1G Game 2: Gophers Visit Michigan (12-31-18)

    Road Test

    Until last night’s 56-70 B1G opener loss to Nebraska (1-0) in Lincoln, Michigan (0-1) had only lost to ranked teams on the road-NC State #9, Texas #13 and Marquette #22. Last night, Nebraska took the simplest route to victory over the Wolverines-get Hallie Thome in foul trouble.

    From the Michigan Daily about the turning point in the Michigan/Nebraska game:

    “When Hallie picked up her fourth foul in the fourth quarter that really hurt us,” Barnes Arico said. “I think that was a turning point for them in the game. Hallie was playing really well for us, whether that was scoring or screening or rebounding, and when she’s not in the game, obviously we’re a different team.

    “It was questionable. The call was a moving screen, way away from the ball, so I have to go back and look at that.”

    “I think the foul trouble really hurt us,” Barnes-Arico said. “They went to the foul line 14 times in the fourth quarter. They got in the bonus early. That definitely hurts. We’ve kinda been in this situation, being on the road in the fourth quarter, and I think with our inexperience, especially with (Thome) not in the game, that is an area where we need to continue to work and continue to improve.”

    Editor note: the moving screen was not questionable.

    Last season, in Minneapolis, the Gophers took a different tack in their 93-87 late season victory over Michigan. Hallie Thome played 40 minutes; however, Minnesota limited Thome to 4-12 from the field and 12 points. It was since graduated Katelynn Flaherty who went 6-11 from three for 26 points that was a thorn in the Minnesota’s defense. But, Carlie Wagner mirrored Flaherty with 26 points on 6-11 shooting from three. Other Gopher scorers were Hubbard 17, Bell 16, Edwards 13 and Pitts with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    For the Wolverines, Akienreh Johnson scored 19 and Deja Church 10 points in 38 minutes before fouling out. Speaking of the Church, Kim Barnes-Arico, after the win over Southern had this to say about the former Gopher commit (again from the Michigan Daily):

    “I think Deja — she’s obviously the personality of our team — but I think her confidence is growing and growing,” Barnes Arico said. “And she’s a kid that can impact the game for us in so many ways. … I’m just proud of the player that she’s becoming.”

    Against Nebraska the Wolverines utilized both a man and a 1-2-2 zone. Michigan pressed somewhat effectively out of the zone early in the game and I’m assuming they will use it against the Gophers since Wisconsin had some success with the 1-2-2 in the half court. Thome was called for her third foul when she bumped the offensive player while hedging on defense. It’s a foul that Bell should be able to force. It should also be noted that Thome’s court time also has been limited this season because of back spasms. When Thome left the game Nebraska had a front court of 6’5” and 6’3” which cut off Michigan inside. That’s not something Minnesota can do. Hopefully we’ve saved some three pointers for the trip to Ann Arbor. Unless Lamke’s going to the line, a free throw shooting contest between these Minnesota and Michigan would be nerve racking.

    Some Numbers:

    Three point shooting: Michigan 59-204 (.289); Minnesota 56-176 (.318)
    Free Throw Shooting: Michigan 149-214 (.696); Minnesota 218-324 (.673)

    Wins: Mt. St. Mary’s 88-40, @ Western Michigan 79-43, Detroit Mercy 95-62, (N) Missouri 70-54, (N) Washington 80-73, LIU Brooklyn 83-38, @ Oakland 85-59, Morgan State 70-47, Southern 76-35.

    Losses: (N) Texas 53-69, @ NC State 55-66, @ Marquette 74-85, @ Nebraska 56-70.


    6’5” C Sr Hallie Thome 12.3 ppg and 21.4 mpg
    5’11” G Sr Nicole Munger 10.7 ppg and 28. 4 mpg
    5’10” G So Deja Church 9.4 ppg and 25.8 mpg
    6’0” G Fr Amy Dilk 28.3 mpg
    6’1” F So Hailey Brown 19.5 mpg


    6’2” F Fr Naz Hillmon 11.9 ppg and 19.8 minutes per game
    6’0” G Jr Ahkienreh Johnson 14 mpg

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    2017-2018 Minnesota won 93-87 in the only meeting
    2016-2017 Michigan won the only meeting 84-69

    Overall Minnesota leads the All-Time series 35-28
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    Looks like it is on BTN Plus if you want video according to Gopher and Michigan websites.

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    Staples can't guard anybody.

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    Nov 2008
    Duluth, MN


    Absolutely awful performance in the second quarter on both ends. Total mess. Could (and should) be down by even more. Back-court play was completely atrocious. Gonna have to learn how to break a half-court trap is they even want to make it competitive before the end.

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    Brunson with a terrible first half. Nothing from Pitts either.

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    15-13 after first quarter. Maybe they will settle down and take the lead and control of the game.

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    15-13 MICH end of first

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    MN down 40-22 at half. Doesn't look like our first B1G road win will be happening today.

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    Staples playing like a freshman....overmatched.

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    Nov 2008
    Duluth, MN


    Michigan playing with a lot more fire and energy than the ladies, who are sleepwalking on both ends...

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    Well, this is going the wrong way....down by 10 in 2nd quarter.

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    Why doesn't Whalen call timeout?
    She had two of them.

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    Guess I'll just accomplish something at work today then.

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