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Women’s basketball: Katalinich’s double-double leads Gophers past Northwestern

Laura Bagwell Katalinich had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota held off the Wildcats, 74-68

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MINNEAPOLIS — Laura Bagwell Katalinich finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, and Gadiva Hubbard was 7 for 10 from behind the arc as Minnesota held off a late charge to beat Northwestern, 74-68, at Williams Arena on Friday afternoon.

Hubbard finished with 19 points four rebounds and four assists in a makeup date for a game postponed by COVID in Northwestern’s program on Dec. 31.

The 19 points were the most for Katalinich, a graduate student from Minneapolis who played at Holy Angels, since she transferred to Minnesota after two seasons at Cornell. But she scored a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds against Delaware State on Nov. 23, 2019.

Minnesota (12-14 overall, 5-9 Big Ten) led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but Northwestern roared back to trail by six when Veronica Burton hit a transition jump shot with 20 seconds left.

Northwestern (13-9, 5-6) used a press to help get them back in the game — Minnesota finished with 17 turnovers — but the Gophers beat it with a long pass from Alexia Smith to Deja Winters and the Wildcats opted not to foul as the final seconds drained off the clock.

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Burton played all 40 minutes and finished with a game-high 27 points and four steals for Northwestern, which was coming off of wins at Purdue and Penn State.

The Gophers have won three of their past five games, all at home, and are 3-2 since starting point guard Jasmine Powell left the team on Jan. 28. They have three regular-season games remaining — vs. Rutgers, at Nebraska and vs. Illinois — before the Big Ten Conference tournament March 2-6 in Indianapolis.

Leading scorer Sara Scalia finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. She made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 34 seconds to keep the Wildcats at arm’s reach.

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