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Minnesota sets record for scoring

©Associated Press
November 24, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after her team set a school scoring record, Minnesota coach Pam Borton had her doubts about the Golden Gophers.

Lindsay Whalen had 23 points and nine assists, and Corrin Von Wald added 21 points Saturday as No. 16 Minnesota set a school record in a 116-73 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in the Subway Basketball Classic in both teams' season openers.

"We can still score a lot of points," Borton said, "but we don't know if we can play any defense yet."

Minnesota faces Radford in today's championship game. Radford beat Savannah State 86-57.

Kadidja Andersson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Kim Prince added 16 points for the Golden Gophers, who broke the scoring record of 115 set in March 1983 against Purdue.

Borton replaced Brenda Oldfield (now known by her maiden name, Frese), the national coach of the year in her only season at Minnesota who's now at Maryland.

The Gophers allowed an average of more than 71 points last season, and Borton's first priority is to get the team playing effective man-to-man pressure defense.

"It's a work in progress," said Whalen, the Big Ten Player of the Year last season.

Minnesota held the Mastodons without a point for the first four minutes, but the Gophers seemed soft in some stretches. Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne had 20 offensive rebounds.

"The players were talking about it on the bench," Von Wald said. "Once we got to 112, we were like, 'Let's get a bucket. Let's get a bucket.'

"It's a great accomplishment, but we have to look back on our defense. It's a little frustrating from the players' standpoint."

Amy Gearlds scored 18, Lindy Carey 17 and Hillary O'Connell 12 for the Mastodons, who have three players back from last season's 4-23 team and are playing in Division I for the first time. They have eight freshman on the roster.

"We're a very young basketball team trying to learn to play," coach Bruce Patterson said.

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W. KY. 71, NO. 10 LA. TECH 57: Leslie Logsdon had 18 points and Shala Reese added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the host Hilltoppers. Erica Smith had 10 points and three rebounds to lead the cold-shooting Techsters, who opened with an upset victory over then-No. 7 Texas Tech.

NO. 11 VANDERBILT 68, BOSTON U. 51: Jenni Benningfield had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Commodores and new coach Melanie Balcomb in their season opener. Vanderbilt outscored the Terriers 46-28 in the second half after trailing 23-22 at halftime.

NO. 17 ARKANSAS 78, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 54: India Lewis scored 19 points and Shameka Christon added 18 as the host Razorbacks won the opener for both teams. Ruby Vaden came off the bench to score 15 for Arkansas.

NO. 23 OKLAHOMA 70, ORAL ROBERTS 42: Caton Hill had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Sooners in the Bertha Teague Classic. Maria Villarroel added 12 points for the Sooners and Dionnah Jackson nine. Stephanie Clark and Leah Cannon led Oral Roberts with 11 each.


FSU 73, GEORGIA STATE 60: FSU outscored Georgia State 41-29 in the second half to win the Seminole Classic. Florida International beat Alabama State 70-44 to win the consolation bracket.

UCF 77, EASTERN ILLINOIS 47: Sophomore Takira Allen scored 16 as Central Florida earned the win in the Golden Knights Classic at Kissimmee Civic Center. The Golden Knights hit 56.3 percent of their 3-point shots and outrebounded Eastern Illinois 50-23.

TAMPA 60, WEST GEORGIA 39: Tampa earned new coach Tom Jessee his first victory at the Columbus State Classic. Yushanda Morse led the Spartans with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jessie McDowell added 17 points and eight boards.

JACKSONVILLE 80, MORRIS BROWN 54: Senior forward Kat Sungy had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and junior guard Katie McDonald posted 18 points with seven assists to lead the host Dolphins. Jacksonville shot 65 percent from the field and was led by McDonald, who set a school record by going 8-for-8.

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