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Gopher women beat Virginia Tech in ACC-Big Ten Challenge, men play tonight

MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota junior guard Kiara Buford of St. Paul scored a career-high 27 points to lead the University of Minnesota women past Virginia Tech 63-58 last night at Williams Arena.

Burford was 10-for-18 from the floor and cashed in on six free throw attempts. She was the lone Gopher who scored in double figures. Minnesota jumped out to a 23-6 lead to start the game, but the Hokies cut the Minnesota lead to six by halftime and trimmed it to one during the second half.

The Gophers never trailed in the second half and hung on to win. The contest was part of the Women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Gophers are now 5-3 and will play at No. 3 Baylor on Sunday at 1 p.m.


The 13th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as they host Cornell at Williams Arena. The Gophers snapped a six-game winning streak to start the season with an 87-79 loss to Virginia on Monday. The setback dropped them to 6-1 overall.