Minnesota hands No. 20 Iowa its third-straight loss

MINNEAPOLIS — Kenisha Bell scored 21 points, Carlie Wagner added 15, combining for six free throws in the final 25 seconds, and Minnesota handed No. 20 Iowa its third straight loss 77-72 on Sunday at Williams Arena.

Taiye Bello had 12 points, and Destiny Pitts and Bryanna Fernstrom 11 each for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten Conference). Bell also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Kathleen Doyle had 21 points for Iowa (15-5, 3-4) and Megan Gustafson had 20 and 10 rebounds.

Doyle’s jumper with 2:53 to play capped a 9-0 run and gave Iowa its last lead, 67-66. Bell followed with two free throws. Doyle’s 3 with 19 seconds left made it a one-point game but Bell and Wagner secured the win from the line in the last nine seconds.

Iowa finished 2 of 14 from 3-point range and is now 5 of 47 during the losing streak.

MINNESOTA 77, No. 20 IOWA 72

At Minneapolis

IOWA (15-5, 3-4) — Coley 4-7 0-1 8, Gustafson 8-16 4-5 20, Doyle 7-14 5-7 21, Meyer 1-8 2-2 4, Sevillian 0-3 2-2 2, Mohns 0-1 0-0 0, Ollinger 2-3 1-2 5, Stewart 6-11 0-0 12. TOTALS 28-63 14-19 72.

MINNESOTA (16-5, 5-3) — Pitts 4-8 0-0 11, Edwards 1-8 0-0 2, Bell 7-17 7-8 21, Hubbard 0-9 2-2 2, Wagner 6-19 2-2 15, Bello 5-5 2-3 12, Kaposi 1-1 0-0 2, Fernstrom 5-7 1-2 11, Brunson 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS 29-74 15-19 77.

Iowa 20 18 14 20 — 72

Minnesota 19 18 19 21 — 77

3-Point Goals–Iowa 2-14 (Doyle 2-6, Meyer 0-5, Sevillian 0-2, Ollinger 0-1), Minnesota 4-15 (Pitts 3-7, Bell 0-1, Hubbard 0-2, Wagner 1-5). Assists–Iowa 20 (Doyle 4), Minnesota 15 (Bell 7). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Iowa 40 (Gustafson 10), Minnesota 45 (Bell 11). Total Fouls–Iowa 16, Minnesota 17. A–4,182.