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Gopher women stay unbeaten with win over Syracuse

Orange came in ranked number 12

November 30, 2018 - 4:01 am

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Taiye Bello scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, Kenisha Bell added 24 points and nine rebounds and No. 20 Minnesota beat No. 12 Syracuse 72-68 on Thursday night.

   The Golden Gophers, under first-year head coach Lindsay Whalen, are off to a 6-0 start for the second straight season and fifth time in program history.

   A crowd of 4,178 decked out for a "Gold Out" watched the Gophers pick up the win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

   With Minnesota's win, the Big Ten finished with a 5-9 record in the 14 challenge games.

   Trailing by six, the Gophers went on a 12-0 run on their way to outscoring the Orange 17-7 over the final 3 1/2 minutes.

   Minnesota had led almost the entire game until a 13-0 run by the Orange put them up 61-55, setting the stage for the Gophers' final push.

   Destiny Pitts added 10 points and five assists and Annalese Lamke had 13 rebounds to go with nine points for Minnesota.

   Kiara Lewis scored 14 points, Miranda Drummond 12, Tiana Mangakahia 11 with eight assists and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi had 10 points and five blocks for Syracuse (6-2), which had a five-game win streak end.

   Notes from Gophersports.com: Thursday was the first ever meeting between the schools ... Minnesota is 26-17 all-time against teams from the ACC, including wins in three of the last four matchups ... Bell's 11 points in the fourth quarter were the most by a Gopher in any quarter this season ... Bell was 5-of-7at the line and now has attempted 494 free throws in her Gophers career, passing Ellen Kramer (493) for eighth in team history ... Bello's 10 offensive rebounds give her 228 for her career, jumping her from 11th to ninth in team history, passing Jackie Voigt (219) and Jessie Edwards (227)