Bell, Wagner lead Minnesota women past No. 20 Iowa 77-72
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.
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.
The question is what type of coordinator Vrabel will tap to help guide Mariota into the next stage of his growth. Developing the quarterback became the focal point behind the coaching change from Mike Mularkey (who didn’t want to switch offensive coordinators) to Vrabel.
Vrabel said Monday he wants to run a diverse offense that takes advantage of Mariota’s strengths.
I believe in screens, I believe in play-action — things that he does well. … He’s averaging 17 or 18 yards a completion in play-action. Those things scare you as a defensive coordinator, those are big plays that change field position. Those are things we believe in, but we’re going to run the football and do it a few different ways.
And that’s not all.
On top of her astounding 70.83 percent 3-point shooting percentage, the eighth-grader dropped 70 points in her team’s 115-31 victory over Discovery High School (Alfred, Florida). That’s right, people — 70 POINTS. The 5-foot-1 sharpshooter knew it was going to be a special game from the opening minutes.
Right when the game started, I knew I was in the zone, she said during her lunch break on Wednesday. Right off the bat, to start the game, I made an and-one 3. That was the first play of the game. That built my confidence, and I knew I should just keep shooting.