DE MOINE, Iowa – The Gophers had a bad start Thursday afternoon when striker Cadi Sissoko was called for his second foul just 85 seconds after Minnesota’s women’s basketball game against Drake.
Minnesota’s domestic presence was weakened immediately after Sissoko, a 6’2 “junior from France, was forced out of the game. And things never seemed to get better for the Gophers, who lost 77-63 to the Bulldogs in front of a crowd of 2,183 at the Knapp Center to complete the non-conference portion of their 2021-22 schedule.
Minnesota, overall 7-7 after starting 0-2 in the Big Ten, finished 7-5 in non-conference games. Drake improved to 8-3.
The Gophers will resume their Big Ten vs. Northwest game next Friday at Williams Arena.
Sarah Scalia, a junior defender from Stillwater, did everything she could to keep Minnesota on Thursday with 22 points on 8/16 shots. She made six three-pointers in 12 attempts.
This was the second time that Scalia has produced games in a row with over 20 points. She scored 37 points in the victory over Ohio (99-93) on December 15, making nine of 13 three-pointers.
Leading 29-27 at half-time, Drake edged ahead of the Gophers with 80 percent of the shots in the third quarter, eight of 10 shots and a 41-33 lead on reaching the final.
Minnesota cut the deficit to two points from 7:09 to the end of the game, but Drake took control again with 11-0 and 8-0 streaks, a whopping 19 points ahead.
Jasmine Powell added 10 points and five assists to the Gophers, who netted 41 percent per game, making 25 of 61 shots. Gadiva Hubbard added eight points to Minnesota.