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Updated: November 4th, 2012 5:35pm
Gophers women overcome turnover issues to beat Minnesota State

Gophers women overcome turnover issues to beat Minnesota State

MINNEAPOLIS -- Micaëlla Riché had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Rachel Banham added a team-high 20 points with five assists and four rebounds to lead the Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team to a 66-56 exhibition victory over Minnesota State, Mankato on Sunday at Williams Arena.

Sari Noga and Kayla Hirt each finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds apiece. Noga also had five steals and four assists.

The Gophers, who led 41-28 at halftime, shot 47 percent from the field but had 25 turnovers.

Minnesota State had five blocks and seven steals in the opening half, and forced the Gophers to turn over the ball 10 times.

The Gophers led by as many as 22 points early in the second half but then went 7:23 without a field goal. That enabled the Mavericks to pull within eight points (64-56) with 1:17 left.

The Gophers defense than shut down Minnesota State as freshman Mikayla Bailey had a block on a three-point attempt and Hirt had a defensive rebound to end the game.

The Gophers will open the season against Washington State at noon Saturday in the Best Buy Classic at Williams Arena.