Minnesota women topple No. 9 Ohio State 76-65

Published 12:00pm Monday, January 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Kiara Buford hadn’t enjoyed a win by Minnesota over a nationally ranked opponent since her freshman year. The up-and-down senior shooting guard got her reward after giving the Gophers one of her best all-around games of the season.

Rachel Banham scored 20 points and made three 3-point attempts, helping Minnesota beat No. 9 Ohio State 76-65 on Sunday.

“Anything I can do to make our team get on a roll and play well, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Buford, who added 15 points and a season-high seven assists for the Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) and frustrated former high school rival Tayler Hill on defense all afternoon.