Ohio State uses second-half run to upend Gophers women
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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Guard Rachel Banham scored 20 points and Micaëlla Riché matched a career high with 15 rebounds, but the eighth-seeded Minnesota Gophers could not recover from an early second-half run by the ninth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes and lost 58-47 in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
Banham and Riché combined to score the Gophers' first 12 points of the game. The Gophers jumped to an early 10-4 lead behind the duo's offense and team defense that forced two shot clock violations in the opening six minutes.
Tayler Hill, Ohio State's All-Big Ten selection, gave the Buckeyes a 13-12 lead at the 8:32 mark during a six-minute Gophers field goal drought. The Gophers kept the score close and regained the lead with free throws.
Banham's third three-pointer of the game ended the drought at the 7 minute mark. Katie Loberg scored two consecutive baskets to put the Gophers ahead 22-15 during a five-minute field goal drought for Ohio State.
The Gophers held a 25-24 lead at halftime. But Ohio State went on a 19-4 run in the second half to build a 43-29 advantage.