Women's basketball: Gophers drop second straight
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Tyler Scaife scored a season-high 28 points, on 12-of-21 shooting, to lead No. 25 Rutgers women’s basketball team past the No. 21 Gophers 66-61 on Sunday night.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Tyler Scaife scored a season-high 28 points, on 12-of-21 shooting, to lead No. 25 Rutgers women's basketball team past the No. 21 Gophers 66-61 on Sunday night.
After Betnijah Laney missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Gophers' Mikayla Bailey hit a three-pointer on the other end to pull within 64-61 with 16 seconds left. But Briyona Canty hit a streaking Kahleah Copper with a full-court pass for a layup to seal the victory.
Scaife scored 13 during a 25-2 run that gave Rutgers (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten) its biggest lead, 25-5, midway through the first half.
Amanda Zahui B. led the Gophers (16-4, 5-3) back into the game, scoring 20 of her career-high 36 before halftime and pulling the Gophers within 37-31 at the break.
An 8-0 run by the Gophers made it 58-54 with less than two minutes remaining.
Laney scored 15 and Copper added 13 for Rutgers.
Zahui finished with 15 rebounds, Carlie Wagner scored 12 and Shayne Mullaney had 11 assists for the Gophers, who lost their second game in a row. They lost to Purdue in overtime on Thursday.