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    Default B1G Game 13: Gophers Host Northwestern (2-10-19)

    Closing in on the Wildcats

    Just over a week ago, Minnesota (5-7) left Evanston after defeating Northwestern (7-5), kicking off a three game Gopher winning streak and putting the Gophers in sight of the B1G’s muddle in the middle of the conference standings. Since that night, the Wildcats are 1-1 after defeating Ohio State at Welsh-Ryan and losing meekly at Maryland last night.

    Unlike the last Gopher/Wildcat match-up, Northwestern enters Sunday’s game with their starting lineup healthy. Forward Abi Scheid has returned to the court and to the starting lineup after missing six consecutive games. Guard Jordan Hamilton, whom, returning from injury, came off the bench in the last game (17 minutes) is back in the starting lineup. These aren’t last week’s Wildcats.

    That said, Hamilton’s last two starts played to mixed reviews. Versus Ohio State She posted 12 points (2-3 from three) with 4 assists in 20 minutes. Against Maryland, in 24 minutes Hamilton had 1 point and 2 turnovers. Abi Scheid went from 7 points in 28 minutes versus Ohio State to 16 points in 36 minutes at College Park. The remainder of the starters continue attracting attention: Lindsay Pulliam continues her solid season (23 points against Ohio State and 18 at Maryland). Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, of course, continues to be troublesome with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Ohio State. Howver, Maryland held her in check limiting her to 5 points and 13 rebounds.

    Last night, at Maryland, Abi Scheid scored Northwestern’s first bucket with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter making the score 15-5 Terps. It only got worse for the Wildcats. It was 22-8 at the end of one and 41-20 at the half. Maryland's press and man defense took Northwestern out of the game in the first half. During the same time, Northwestern’s 2-3 zone was nothing more than a speed bump to the Terps.

    Against Ohio State earlier in the week, Northwestern forced 9 turnovers in the first quarter, took a 34-27 halftime lead despite some poor shooting and then pulled away with a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter. Ohio State committed 20 turnovers to Northwestern’s 9.

    In the first match-up with the Wildcats, Taiye Bello’s four fouls limited her playing time to 19 minutes and increased my frustration exponentially. Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpana, who often faces foul trouble herself (she’s had one B1G DQ), only picked up three fouls and played 29 minutes. It will be a less stressful game for Minnesota and the rest of us if Taiye plays 29 and PKA 19.

    B1G Wins: Illinois 68-45, Michigan State 70-62, @ Indiana 75-69, Wisconsin 72-46, @ Nebraska 58-54, @ Illinois 64-46, Ohio State 76-59

    B1G Losses: @ Rutgers 41-45, @ Michigan 78-79 OT, Purdue 54-57, Minnesota 61-54, @ Maryland 57-72

    Starters (B1G Stats):

    5’10” G So Lindsay Pulliam (3rd in scoring 18.5/game; K Bell is 4th at 18.1) Pulliam is also 7th in FT% at 78.7%
    6’2” F Sr Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah (3rd in rebounds per game at 12.1; T Bello is 2nd at 12.6)
    6’2” F Jr Abi Scheid (11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds in 30.5 minutes)
    5’8” G So Jordan Hamilton (7.1 points, (13-36 from three (.361 %) in 29.5 minutes)
    5’9” G Fr Veronica Burton (3rd in steals/game 2.3 and 6th in assist/turnover % at 2.4)


    6’4” F Jr Abbi Wolf (5.5 points, 4.3 rebounds in 16.3 minutes)
    5’11” G Fr Sydney Wood (2.8 points in 16.4 minutes)
    6’2” F Jr Bryana Hopkins (3.5 points, 3.0 rebounds in 19.9 minutes)
    5’8” G Jr Byrdy Galernik (2.2 points in 8.8 minutes)

    *I've just noticed that the B1G stats (3rd in the B1G for example) are updated through game 12; but that Northwestern's conference stats (2.6 points in 10 minutes for example) have not been updated.
    Last edited by Ignatius L Hoops; 02-09-2019 at 08:19 AM. Reason: Updated Northwestern's conference stats.

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    Akpanah and T. Bello are similar players with similar numbers, both occasionally prone to foul trouble. Whoever can stay on the floor the longest in this game might well see their team come away with a W.

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    Gophers G Mercedes Staples was wearing a boot on her sprained ankle as late as Friday; she missed the Indiana game

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    37-24 MIN at the half

    Pitts 12 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl
    Bell 10 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl

    Scheid 10 pts, 4 reb, 1 reb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    37-24 MIN at the half

    Pitts 12 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl
    Bell 10 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl

    Scheid 10 pts, 4 reb, 1 reb
    OK Keke, we need 3 reb and 6 ast out of you in the second half!

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    NW really struggling with the press. That foul call on Bello was a head scratcher.

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    Quite a few marginal calls today. Having our slump in the 3rd and now need to regroup. Only up by 3.

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    Execution down the stretch once again poor. They stop going with gets them the lead.

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    Can the Gophers get this win?

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    Scheid misses two FT's with about 5 sec left.

    Tied 58-58

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    This is trending towards an OT loss. Hopefully the offense wakes up.

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    Waking up in OT ! C'mon - finish this .

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    Finally some good things happening in OT.

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    Cmon ladies seal the deal!

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    Now we are moving into the log jam @ 6 wins in the conference. Nice W !

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