Gophers' NCAA Bubble Likely Burst With Big Ten Tourney Ouster

Created: 03/07/2013 9:13 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

ESPN's women's college basketball "Bracketologist" had th Minnesota Gophers just outside the cutoff to make the NCAA Tournament. Their first round loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tourney likely leaves them outside looking in.

Minneapolis South grad Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
    
Ashley Adams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (18-12), who advanced to face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals Friday.
    
Rachel Banham had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Golden Gophers (18-13) but didn't get much help. Banham was 7 of 16 from the floor; her teammates were a combined 11 of 45.
    
Ohio State trailed by as many as nine in the first half and was down 27-24 early in the second. But the Buckeyes took control after that, going on a 19-2 run, capped by Amber Stokes' fast-break layup, to lead 43-29. The eighth-seeded Gophers could get no closer than nine points down the rest of the way.
    
The Buckeyes scored 19 points off 16 Minnesota turnovers.

(Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.)