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Down 4 late, Gopher women rally and win in overtime

Extra session belongs to the Gophers

February 11, 2019 - 5:10 am

The Gophers staged a late rally to force overtime, then scored the first nine points of the extra session and held on to beat Northwestern 73-64 on Sunday at Williams Arena.

It was the fourth straight win for the Gophers under first-year coach Lindsay Whalen in a game that saw Northwestern fight back from several hefty deficits.

The Gophers led by 14 in the first half, and by five with late in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats surged to a four-point lead with under a minute left.

Kenisha Bell's basket with 7.8 second left forced the extra session, which the Gophers dominated early to pick up the victory, much to the delight of the 5,475 fans who came out in blizzard conditions for the game.

The win was the 700th in Gopher women's basketball history, and gave them a sweep of their season series with the Wildcats.

Bell led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, with Destiny Pitts adding 21 points and Jasmine Brunson scoring 14. Jordan Hamilton led three Northwestern players in double figures with 20 points.

The Gophers' surge on the court comes after the team stumbled out of the gate in Big Ten play, losing seven of their first nine league games. 

They are now 6-7 in the Big Ten and 17-7 overall going into Thursday's game at Purdue.

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