MINNEAPOLIS -- UCLA earned its second straight road win and its ninth-consecutive road victory over an unranked opponent with a 58-55 come-from-behind win at Minnesota at Williams Arena on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Subway Classic.
Minnesota took a 55-47 lead at the 5:27 mark on a pair of free throws by Rachel Banham. But that would be the last points the Golden Gophers would score as the Bruins engineered an 11-0 run to steal a victory. Thea Lemberger drained a three-pointer (5:03) to make it 55-50. Then Atonye Nyingifa sank a pair of free throws to trim the lead to 55-52 with 4:07 to go. Luiana Livulo grabbed an offensive rebound off a Lemberger miss and scored to pull UCLA to within 55-54 (1:44). After another defensive stop, Lemberger scored on a pull-up jumper in the lane to give the Bruins a 56-55 lead. Lemberger and Madeline Brooks both went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe in the final minute while the Bruins got three more defensive stops in that stretch to seal the victory.
Nirra Fields tied her career-high in three-pointers with four for the second straight game and finished with 19 points to lead UCLA. Lemberger added 17 points in the win. Nyingifa, who was playing with flu-like symptoms, saw her 14-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end on 2-for-13 shooting. She finished with nine points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block.
With the victory, UCLA improves to 5-5 on the year while Minnesota drops to 9-3. The win by the Bruins snapped Minnesota's modest six-game home winning streak.
The Bruins led 29-28 at the break. For the game, there were six ties and 13 lead changes. The Bruins outrebounded the bigger Minnesota squad, 47-38. The Golden Gophers entered the game leading the nation as a team in three-point shooting (45.1%). The Bruins held Minnesota to 35.7% (5-for-14) from long range.
UCLA was outshot from the field, 36.8% to 31.7%. But the Bruins hauled in a season-best 21 offensive rebounds to hold a 20-4 edge in second-chance points.
Banham led all scorers with 24 points. Amanda Zahui B. was the only other Golden Gopher to score in double figures, completing a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Redshirt junior Corinne Costa played in her first game in over a year and had four points, six rebounds, one assist and one block, but fouled out in 21 minutes of action (at 5:36 of the second half).
Freshman guard Savanna Trapp (Esko, Minn.), who is redshirting the season, had a lot of friends, family and former coaches in attendance, which was announced at 5,065 for the game.
The Bruins return to action for their final game of the Subway Classic tomorrow against Auburn (8-3). Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. (PT) at Williams Arena.
UCLA at Minnesota