ASU loses to Minnesota in OT
by: Doug Seagrave/Excel H Sports West
The ASU Sun Devils Women’s basketball team welcomed the Minnesota Golden Gophers to Desert Financial Arena in Tempe on Friday. The Sun Devils were coming off a big win over Northern Colorado while the Gophers were looking to recover from a loss to Jacksonville. ASU fans were hyped for the opportunity to start the season 2-0. They were also excited to welcome Briann January back to Tempe. The ASU alum had her jersey raised to the rafters at halftime. The fans were then given 5 extra minutes as the Golden Gophers defeated the host Sun Devils 66-59 in overtime.
Both teams struggled offensively. ASU ended the night shooting 24-72, 33.3%. Minnesota did not fare much better, shooting 26-72 from the field, 36.1%. The Gophers did hit 7-20 3-point field goals compared to the Sun Devils 4-22. Both teams were icy at the free throw line as well. ASU shot 7-12 and Minnesota was 7-14.
Minnesota led 12-11 after the 1st quarter. ASU outscored the Gophers 16-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-24 halftime lead. The second half saw each team go on their own run. The Gophers outscored the Sun Devils 22-13 in the 3rd quarter before ASU was able to respond with a 4th quarter advantage of 14-8. Strong defense held the Gophers scoreless for the last four minutes to keep the home team in the game.
The overtime period started with a Jasmine Powell layup followed by a steal and a Sara Scalia layup to put the Gophers up 58-54. Mael Gilles scored a layup for ASU with 3:43 left in OT, 58-56. Powell followed with a dagger 3-pointer with 3:25 left, 61-56. Neither team scored until Powell made a jumper with 1:52 left. Kadi Sissoko added a layup at the 1:25 mark to up the Gopher lead to 65-56. Game over.
Jasmine Powell, a 5-6 sophomore guard out of Detroit Country Day High School, had a great 2nd half to lead the Gophers. After going scoreless in the 1st half, she scored 21 points, including 7 points in the overtime period. She also added 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Kadi Sissoko, a 6-2 sophomore from France, added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sara Scalia, a 5-10 Sophomore, added 13 points for the Gophers.
The Sun Devils were led in scoring by Junior guard Taya Henson with 16 points. Junior Jade Loville struggled to find her shot but did score 15 points. 6-3 Frosh Maggie Besselink added 7 points and an impressive 15 rebounds.
The Sun Devils (1-1) travel to Provo to play BYU on November 17. The Gophers (1-1) are back in Williams Arena on Sunday to play George Washington.
Credit Source: University of Minnesota Athletics
Minnesota (1-1, 0-0 B1G) bounced back with a overtime road win over Arizona State (1-1, 0-0 PAC-12) by a score of 66-59 on Friday night at Desert Financial Arena. Jasmine Powell scored 21 points, including seven in overtime, to lead the Gophers to their first victory of the 2021-22 season.
Overall Powell finished 9-of-22, but shot 9-of17 in the second half and overtime. Powell was a factor on the boards for the Golden Gophers, she collected nine rebounds and added five assists. Also getting into double figures was Kadi Sissoko who scored 14 points in the victory and shot 6-of-11 from the floor and came down with six rebounds. Sara Scalia rounded out Minnesota’s double figure scorers as the junior scored 13 points, extending her double figures scoring streak to 15 games dating back to last season.
The victory moves Lindsay Whalen to 4-0 in overtime games in her coaching career and pushes her impressive non-conference regular season record to 23-3 since she took over as head coach.
Other notables included Edina, Minn., native Bailey Helgren scoring her first bucket as a Golden Gopher. The graduate transfer played nearly 30 minutes and was a major factor on the boards collecting eight rebounds which included four on the offensive end. In total Minnesota won the rebound battle with 53 in total, including 19 on the offensive glass. Minnesota’s 53 rebounds are the second most under head coach Lindsay Whalen, just missing the mark of 54 the team had against Air Force back on Dec. 2, 2018.
The 51st season of Golden Gopher women’s basketball continues on Nov. 14, when the team returns to Williams Arena for a matchup with George Washington. The game is set for a 2 p.m. CT start time and can be streamed on B1G+. Keep up with the University of Minnesota women’s basketball on Twitter and Instagram (@GopherWBB) and on Facebook, so you do not miss any content during the 2021-22 season.