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

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

"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."