Minnesota Will Face Stanford On Monday, After Defeating Tulane
March 22, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Lindsay Whalen scored all of her 18 points in thesecond half as Minnesota defeated Tulane 68-48 in the first round of the NCAAtournament on Saturday night.
Whalen, the Golden Gophers' leading scorer at 21 points per game, was0-for-3 in the first half, then scored 14 of her team's 23 points during onespurt in the second half as Minnesota took control for good. The junior guardalso had six assists and five rebounds for sixth-seeded Minnesota (24-5), whichneeded a big offensive effort in the second half to win. The Golden Gophersshot 54.3 percent, including 58.3 (14-for-24) in the second half.
Kelly Nadeau was the lone Tulane player in double figures with 11 points,while Teana McKiver added nine points and five rebounds for the No. 11 seedGreen Wave, who ended their season 19-10.
Minnesota will play Stanford in the second round.
Whalen hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half as the Gophersregained the lead, 38-35, with 15:56 remaining.
Whalen's 3s started an 11-0 run as Minnesota took control for good. FreshmanD'Aundra Henry played point guard for Tulane most of the second half, butstruggled to get the offense going. She committed five turnovers and Nadeau hadsix, and Tulane was held to 38 percent shooting.
The Green Wave were effective double-teaming 6-foot-2 Minnesota center JanelMcCarville almost every time she touched the ball in the first half, but wentaway from that defense in the final 20 minutes.
McCarville struggled to get off shots and often forced things early, butwound up with nine points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
After Tanisha Gilbert gave Minnesota a 22-15 lead with a three-point play at5:09 in the first half, Tulane scored seven straight points to tie the game at22. Lakethia Hampton gave the Green Wave their first lead of the game, 26-24,with a basket 1:45 before halftime and led 28-27 at the break.
Tulane used a 13-2 run to get back in it in the first half.
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer