Washington, D.C. – Senior guard Carlie Wagner scored a season-high 31 points, including 15 in a game-turning third quarter, as the Gophers defeated Big East opponent Georgetown 73-63 on Thursday night.
"Wags played like I know she can play every night," Gophers coach Marlene Stollings said in a postgame radio interview. "It didn't matter what they threw at her. … She made the proper reads."
Wagner was 7-for-8 on three-pointers, tying a career high for threes made in a single game. She has 232 threes in her career, which puts her second on the program's all-time list — two ahead of Shannon Schonrock. Rachel Banham made 354.
This season Wagner, who was averaging 17 points, has struggled with her shooting at times.
"We met a few days ago and we talked about that," Stollings said. "She wanted to improve her efficiency."
She did that against Georgetown, making her first five shots of the game and 12 of 14 overall.
"I came into this game with a whole new mentality after having some off shooting nights," Wagner said. "After making a couple of shots [tonight] I just kept being aggressive and taking my shots."
Minnesota (9-1) trailed the Hoyas 31-30 at halftime before outscoring the home team 24-12 in the third to take a double-digit lead into the fourth. A 14-0 run, with Wagner scoring 10 of those points, enabled the Gophers to pull away.
Kenisha Bell added 21 points and four steals for the Gophers. Dionna White led the Hoyas (4-4) with 23 points and 10 rebounds
Both teams committed 18 turnovers, but those mistakes hurt Georgetown more. The Gophers scored 28 points off turnovers, the Hoyas 17.
The Gophers shot a season-high 52.6 percent.
U women 73, georgetown 63
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. at San Diego