Dec. 16, 2009
Final Stats | Action Photos
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota improved to 7-1 on the raised floor at Williams Arena, beating visiting Santa Clara 91-51 Wednesday.
The Golden Gophers received a game-high 19 points from Kiara Buford and Minnesota's press defense forced SCU into 30 turnovers. Five players finished with double-figures in scoring for Minnesota (8-4).
Santa Clara (2-8) is in the midst of playing 7-of-9 on the road. The Broncos face Boise State Saturday afternoon at BSU's Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos led 10-7 at the first media timeout, getting a pair of early jumpers from Maggie Goldenberger, then went without a basket for five minutes.
Turnovers and a decisive rebounding edge fueled an 11-2 Minnesota run in the first half. A layup by Buford made it 31-16 at the 4:28 mark and Katie Ohm's triple before halftime gave the Gophers a 45-23 lead at the break.
Goldenberger left the game with injury late in the first half and watched the second half from the SCU bench icing her right ankle.
5-foot 3-inch junior guard China Antoine dropped-in three 3s for Minnesota and helped the Gophers build an insurmountable lead in the second half. Antoine was 6-for-8 from the field and had 15 points to complement Buford's 19.