MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Iowa pulls away from Gophers in the second half
IOWA CITY, IA -- Aaron White had 18 points, Roy Devyn Marble added 16 and No. 14 Iowa routed Minnesota, 94-73, on Sunday afternoon. Josh Oglesby tallied 17 points off the bench for the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who have won three in a row. Andre Hollins netted 20 points to lead Minnesota (14-5, 3-3), which has dropped two of its last three tilts. Hollins had five points during a 14-1 run that staked Minnesota a 43-33 lead late in the opening half, but Iowa netted eight points in the final 1:06 of the stanza to whittle the gap to 43-41 heading into the break. The Hawkeyes began to pull away over the final 20 minutes. The Gophers next take the floor on Wednesday when they return home to host Wisconsin at the Williams Arena.
The Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team (12-7, 1-4) got a combined 54 points from Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B., but it was not enough as the Gophers lost their second-straight overtime contest, 83-78, at Indiana (15-3, 2-3) Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. Banham notched 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the losing effort, while Zahui added 25 points, which included 20 after the half, seven rebounds and five blocks. Kayla Hirt also scored in double-figures for the Maroon and Gold, as she finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Sari Noga was the team-leader with eight total rebounds. Minnesota outshot Indiana, .467-.380, but lost the battle on the boards, 48-37. The Hoosiers were able to grab 20 offensive rebounds in the game, which led to 20 second-chance points for the home team. The two teams battled back and forth though the majority of overtime, but pair of three-pointers from the Hoosiers, including one with 53 seconds to play, were too much for Minnesota to overcome. The Gophers had a chance to tie the game late in OT, but couldn't get it to fall. Minnesota returns to Williams Arena Thursday, Jan. 23 for an 8:00 p.m. contest against Wisconsin on BTN.
The No. 1 Golden Gophers scored four goals in the last 6:02 of the second period to blow open a 1-0 game and roll to a 5-0 win and series sweep over Minnesota State at All Seasons Arena Sunday afternoon. Senior Kelly Terry scored two goals, including the game-winner, and junior Rachel Ramsey recorded three assists. Sophomore Hannah Brandt also registered a multi-point game with one goal and one assist as Minnesota improved to 22-1-1 on the season. Sophomore Amanda Leveille made 19 saves in her second-consecutive shutout for the Gophers. The Gophers return to Ridder Arena to host St. Cloud State next weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT both Friday and Saturday nights. Minnesota swept the Huskies, 4-1 and 4-3, earlier this season in St. Cloud.
The Minnesota Wild had Sunday off and now return to the ice today for practice before heading to Dallas for Tuesday's game against the Stars. The Wild upended the Stars on Saturday night in the nightcap to Hockey Day Minnesota as Nate Prosser scored the winner in a 3-2 overtime victory in front of the largest crowd of the season. Erik Haula and Ryan Suter had the other Wild tallies while Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves in his fourth straight start. Game time tomorrow night from Dallas is at 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will have part two of their two game set with the Utah Jazz come tomorrow night at Target Center. Minnesota took round one on Saturday night 98-72 as they snapped a three game losing streak. Nikola Pekovic had 27 points in the win while Kevin Love had 18. Kevin Martin put home 20. The rematch is tomorrow night back again at Target Center at 7 p.m.
The roof of the Metrodome was deflated for the final time on Saturday morning. The building housed the Twins from 1982 through 2008 and the Vikings from '82 until the recently completed season. The Vikes will play at TCF Bank Stadium until their new facility is complete.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may have a decision about groin surgery coming up. A "USA Today" report cites a source that says Peterson will have an evaluation next week to determine if surgery is needed. "AP" was kept out of two games this season with groin and foot injuries.
The Vikings have found their new offensive coordinator. Norv Turner will leave the Cleveland Browns to take the same position in Minnesota according to multiple reports. The 61-year-old Turner had been linked to the since-fired head coach of the Browns, Rob Chudzinski.