The bench gets shorter (minutes played):If Notre Dame could’ve closed out this comeback as well, it would’ve tied the second-greatest in program history. The Gophers, though, were having none of it.
Seemingly unfazed, they hit six of their next seven shots after calling a timeout following Brunelle’s bucket, and got a second-chance basket on the only one they missed.
“I said this is what we came here for,” Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen shared of what she told her team during the timeout. “No matter what had happened (in losing the large lead), we were here to be (within one possession at) five minutes to go in a game with them.”
Added Whalen, “Our kids were just tremendous that last five minutes.”
Update:At the moment, the NCAA stats pages have not yet been updated with the Gopher win over the Irish. But when they are updated, Taiye Bello should move up on the double-doubles leader-board from a tie for 13th place to a tie for 8th place (with 5 in 7 games). She may not rank much higher than that, even if she gets double-doubles for every remaining game of the season, simply because other teams have had more games and may remain ahead in games played. The three-way tie for 1st place in that category all have 7 double-doubles in 7, 8 and 9 games respectively.
With 5 blocks against Notre Dame (and 20 for the season thus far), Taiye should rocket up to about a tie for 15th place (minus adjustments from other unreported game outcomes) from a former tie for 37th place. 1st place in blocks (28 in 5 games) currently goes to one of Marlene’s players, Brittany Brewer.
In rebounds per game she will move up to about 21st place from 47th place. She should move from 20th place to about 15th place in offensive rebounds per game.
Before the Notre Dame game, Taiye was shooting a field-goal percentage of .718, but that actually went down to a .667 with the win over the Irish. But for some strange reason she is missing from the NCAA leader-board for field goal percentage. This must be a mistake. After updating with the Notre Dame results she should be in 9th place (plus or minus any other unreported results). Before that game (and now since that result is as-yet unreported) she should (have been) in 5th place (right behind Ruthy Hebard), yet she’s totally missing on that NCAA stats page. Does somebody want to get on that and inform the NCAA of the error in their statistical ways?
Thanks for posting this video. I watched ND win their last 2 Natty's so always cheer for them unless they play the Gophers. This will be a long season for Muffet and I wonder how the loss of Niele Ivey will hurt long term recruitment.
A frustrated Muffet McGraw post game
Yes, it was a fun time at the viewing party! We made lots of noise and the folks at the bar outside the back room had the funniest looks on their faces as we cheered on our Gophers!We went out to watch the game @ Senser's last night and the fast break club did a nice job. They had a back room reserved and even gave away some neat door prizes ! Blanket lady made her usual appearance and nice for the Gophers to get the W.