Minnesota 80

(23-8, 9-7 Big Ten)

Kansas State 61

(25-6, 14-2 Big 12)

    9:30 PM ET, March 23, 2004

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    MINN 43 3780
    KSU 17 4461

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: J. McCarville 15 Pts, 17 Reb

    Kansas St: N. Ohlde 23 Pts, 6 Reb

    Gophers will play Boston College

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Up and down the lineup, at both ends of the court, Minnesota dominated Kansas State from start to finish.

    Janel McCarville had 15 points, seven assists and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the well-balanced Gophers to an unexpectedly easy 80-61 victory Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Lindsay Whalen scored 15 points and Shannon Schonrock added 14 for seventh-seeded Minnesota (23-8), which will play Sunday against No. 3 seed Boston College in the Mideast Regional semifinals in Norfolk, Va.

    "We're a team that can do a lot of damage," said Gophers coach Pam Borton, who was an assistant at BC for five seasons before Minnesota hired her in 2002.

    Nicole Ohlde scrapped her way to 23 points for the second-seeded Wildcats (25-6), who lost last year in the second round at home to Notre Dame as a No. 3 seed. Kendra Wecker (eight points) and Laurie Koehn (three), the rest of Kansas State's talented trio, didn't make an impact.

    With 7:15 remaining, Wecker fouled out and walked to the end of the raised floor next to the Wildcats' bench, staring in disgust with her hands on her hips.

    Megan Mahoney scored 17 points for the Wildcats, who were outscored 17-2 during a stretch of nearly 8{ minutes of the first half.

    "They came out really aggressive," a red-eyed Ohlde said. "We just weren't able to change."

    The Gophers rode the endless energy of a partisan crowd of 13,425 that stayed loud the entire night. It was the sixth-largest first- or second-round attendance in the history of the tournament.

    "It was a very intimidating environment," said Kansas State coach Deb Patterson. "Pick an issue -- we really brought it to the table in the first half."

    McCarville dominated in the middle, overcoming a 3-inch height disadvantage against Ohlde. McCarville continually pushed the 6-foot-5 All-American too far off the blocks to be effective, grabbing nearly every missed shot in sight and finishing her share of soft-touch layups.

    "She's not a very physical player, and I think that kind of got in her head," McCarville said. "She kind of shied away from the basket a little bit. ... The more you bump with them, the less they like it."

    Whalen, playing for the final time at Williams Arena, was her usual self in her second game back since missing more than five weeks with two broken bones in her shooting hand.

    But Minnesota, which lost to Texas in the round of 16 last season as a No. 6 seed, won because everyone else contributed. The Gophers' three-deep, all-freshman bench of Jamie Broback (nine points), Kelly Roysland (five) and Liz Podominick (four) all made clutch shots in the first half, as did starters Shannon Bolden (10) and Kadidja Andersson (eight).

    "Whenever Whalen drives, she gets so much attention," Schonrock said. "You just have to be ready to shoot it. All of our teammates did that."

    Minnesota made plenty of what it threw up, going 7-for-13 from 3-point range and using a 31-8 run over the final 14{ minutes to take a 43-17 halftime lead.

    Kansas State shot 23.1 percent in the first half (6-for-26), missing many layups in heavy traffic. The Gophers played exhausting defense on the perimeter, harassing the Wildcats' guards and making entry passes to the post as difficult as possible. Bolden, especially, did a number on Koehn -- who was held nearly 11 points under her average.

    "She did a great job," Koehn said. "She made it hard to get any good looks or even catch the ball."

    The Wildcats were more competitive after halftime, but the deficit was so big that even some sloppy stretches by Minnesota weren't enough to bring its lead below 17.

    Whalen put the cap on it with a nifty no-look pass to Andersson for an easy layup that made it 78-58 with 1:11 left.

    "We're a third of the way," Whalen said. "We've got two games down, and we have four to go."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 61
    FG Made-Attempted 25-48 (.521) 22-56 (.393)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-27 (.815) 14-17 (.824)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsJ. McCarville 15N. Ohlde 23
    ReboundsJ. McCarville 17M. Mahoney 7


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