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Gophers hit a bump in the road

By Michael Marot

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana knew its fate Sunday afternoon would be dictated by its defense.

So they forced 19 turnovers, shut down the nation's third-ranked offense and kept the Big Ten's second-leading scorer in check as they defeated No. 15 Minnesota 73-63.

"It goes to the whole team," senior guard Heather Cassady said. "We just followed the game plan."

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The game plan was simple: Slow down Minnesota and make them work for baskets.

Cassady, who scored 14 points, led the Hoosiers' charge.

She spent much of the day matched up with Lindsay Whalen, who had scored 41 points in her last game against Purdue and was averaging 24.1 points against Big Ten opponents. Cassady limited Whalen to 16 points, while freshman Janel McCarville scored 19 to lead the Golden Gophers (20-5, 10-4 Big Ten).

While Cassady was busy doing her part, her teammates took care of the rest. Jill Chapman scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tara Jones added 17 points, and the Hoosiers defense ripped apart Minnesota's high-scoring offense.

"In the first game, we thought Lindsay got too much penetration, so we used our post players to gap it up," assistant coach Trish Betthauser said. "In the second half, we wanted to trap out high and it seemed like she didn't have as many options."

Minnesota, which entered the game averaging 82 points per game and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, respondead poorly.

The Gophers shot just 40.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent in the second half, and finished with their second-fewest points of the season.

For Betthauser, it was an emotional first victory since replacing the injured Kathi Bennett as coach last week. Bennett broke a bone in her neck in an automobile accident Feb. 8 and hasn't coached since.

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"It's just an incredible win for the program, and I mean everybody involved," Betthauser said. "Everybody just stuck to the gameplan."

MINNESOTA (20-5)

Von Wald 1-6 0-0 2, Andersson 4-12 2-2 10, McCarville 8-11 3-5 19, Whalen 6-12 2-2 16, Lieser 4-10 2-2 12, Hemberg 0-0 0-0 0, Prince 1-7 0-0 2, Hill 1-3 0-0 2, Bell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 9-11 63.

INDIANA (12-13)

McGinnis 2-7 1-2 6, Jones 6-16 4-5 17, Chapman 9-15 1-2 19, Cassady 3-9 6-7 14, DeMuth 1-5 1-2 3, Hartman 2-5 3-5 8, Skapin 0-3 0-0 0, Gathing 2-3 2-3 6. Totals 25-63 18-26 73.

Halftime--Indiana 29-28. 3-point goals--Minnesota 4-13 (Whalen 2-4, Lieser 2-7, Von Wald 0-1, Hill 0-1), Indiana 5-18 (Cassady 2-5, McGinnis 1-3, Hartman 1-4, Jones 1-5, DeMuth 0-1). Fouled out--DeMuth, Whalen. Rebounds--Minnesota 43 (Von Wald 11), Indiana 38 (Chapman 11). Assists--Minnesota 15 (Whalen 5), Indiana 15 (Cassady 9). Total fouls--Minnesota 22, Indiana 15. A--1,359.

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