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2nd-half collapse sinks Lady Lions

From Mirror, wire reports

INDIANAPOLIS — Jasmine Brunson scored a career-high 20 points, Taiye Bello had her 12th double-double of the season, and Minnesota beat Penn State 85-65 in the Big Ten tournament Wednesday.

Brunson hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and added six assists. Bello finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, becoming the fifth player in program history to crack the 1,000-rebound plateau with 1,001.

The Nittany Lions fell behind 16-3 in the first quarter before a comeback cut the deficit to to three, 22-19, heading into the second quarter. At one point in the second quarter, a 7-0 Penn State run put the Lady Lions in front at 26-24, with 7:39 remaining in the first half. The Lady Lions finished the half strong enough for a 42-37 halftime lead.

It continued at the outset of the second half. Siyeh Frazier’s short jumper gave Penn State (7-23) a seven-point lead 20 seconds into the second half but the Nittany Lions made just 2 of 9 from the field and committed five turnovers as Minnesota used a 28-7 run to take a 65-51 lead with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The Golden Gophers led by double figures the rest of the way.

Gadiva Hubbard and Jasmine Powell each scored 16 points for No. 11 seed Minnesota (16-14). The Gophers play sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round Thursday.

Kamaria McDaniel led No. 14 seed Penn State with 22 points and Frazier finished with 15.

PENN STATE (7-23): Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Frazier 6-18 2-3 15, Hagans 2-8 0-0 5, Marisa 2-5 0-0 5, McDaniel 6-16 9-13 22, Camden 4-5 0-0 12, Ebo 0-1 0-0 0, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Bembry 1-3 0-0 2, James 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-61 11-16 65

MINNESOTA (16-14): Taiye Bello 7-12 2-4 16, Brunson 7-12 2-3 20, Hubbard 6-8 0-0 16, Powell 6-16 3-4 16, Scalia 1-6 2-2 5, Kehinde Bello 0-0 1-2 1, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Tomancova 0-0 0-0 0, Sconiers 0-1 0-0 0, Adashchyk 5-11 0-0 11, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 32-66 10-15 85

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn St……….19 23 13 10 — 65

Minnesota……22 15 30 18 — 85

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 8-16 (Frazier 1-4, Hagans 1-2, Marisa 1-2, McDaniel 1-3, Camden 4-5), Minnesota 11-23 (Brunson 4-7, Hubbard 4-6, Powell 1-4, Scalia 1-4, Adashchyk 1-2). Assists–Penn St. 10 (McDaniel 3), Minnesota 20 (Brunson 6). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 41 (Team 4-5), Minnesota 37 (Bello 5-13). Total Fouls–Penn St. 16, Minnesota 14. Technical Fouls–None. A–3,793.

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