Wagner sparks U of M in win

Published 8:56 am Monday, February 6, 2017

Carlie Wagner led the Golden Gophers to their first Big Ten road win in their first overtime game of the season at Nebraska. The junior guard scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers and key baskets late in the 79-69 victory.

Minnesota (12-11, 3-7 Big Ten) led by 11 at one point in the second quarter before the Cornhuskers (5-18, 1-10 Big Ten) trimmed the lead to one at halftime. Neither team held a double-digit advantage for the rest of regulation.

Wagner drove and scored twice late in the fourth quarter, but Jessica Shepard responded with baskets of her own both times. Minnesota’s sideline inbounds pass with 1.9 seconds left went out of bounds, and Nebraska called timeout to advance the ball with 1.2 seconds left. The Huskers’ last shot missed.

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The Gophers controlled the overtime period from Wagner’s first basket, and Nebraska shot 1-for-12 in the extra five minutes. Minnesota dominated the paint overall, outscoring Nebraska 42-22 inside. The Gophers had 46 rebounds to the Huskers’ 44.

Kenisha Bell scored 13 points and Jessie Edwards added 12. Whitney Tinjum had nine rebounds and Wagner and Edwards had eight each.

Allie Havers led Nebraska with 18 points, and Jessica Shepard had 14.