No. 14 Gophers dominate matinee game, nearly doubling up opponent Incarnate Word
That the Gophers’ women’s basketball team ended a six-game homestand with a one-sided 75-39 victory over Incarnate Word Wednesday afternoon was no surprise.
The Gophers came in undefeated and ranked No. 14, the Cardinals had started the season 0-8, losing by an average of 27.4 points. So it went as expected at Williams Arena, in front of a loud crowd of 7,835 fortified by a number elementary school students. Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen made liberal use of her bench, playing all 11 players, and ten of them scored.
Leading the way was Destiny Pitts, who broke out with 15 points, hitting five of nine three-pointers in the process. Center Annalese Lamke had 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Mercedes Staples had 11 points and four assists.
Angelica Wiggins, sister of Timberwolves player Andrew Wiggins, led Incarnate Word with 13 points.
The Gophers opened the game scoring the first 12 points, with Lamke scoring seven of them. The Gophers shot a combined 20-for-59.
But, as has been the case in every game this season, it was the Gophers defense that led the way. The Cardinals were 15-for-66 from the field.