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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Falls at Minnesota, 112-68

Cal Poly Women's Basketball Falls at Minnesota, 112-68

MINNEAPOLIS — Led by a 26-point performance by junior guard Kenisha Bell and a pair of 23-point games from senior guard Carlie Wagner and freshman forward Destiny Pitts, the Minnesota women's basketball team remained undefeated at home Wednesday afternoon, pulling away from Cal Poly for a 112-68 win inside Williams Arena.

Bell — on the Watch List for both the Naismith Trophy and Nancy Lieberman Award — shot 9-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. She added six rebounds and eight assists as the Gophers improved to 10-2.

Minnesota, which entered the game No. 17 nationally in made 3-pointers this year and began the season 7-0 for its best start since its 2004 Final Four squad, went 16-for-38 from behind the arc.

Wagner, a preseason All-Big Ten selection, added six assists and five rebounds, while Pitts, recently the UNLV Lady Rebel Tournament MVP, took all of her shots from long range, going a team-best 7-of-13 from 3-point range.

Minnesota jumped out to a 12-0 lead two-and-a-half minutes in, but the Mustangs cut the deficit to 13-10 on a pair of free throws by redshirt sophomore guard Breezi Holt with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

That was as close as Cal Poly got, however, as the Gophers pulled away for a 27-11 lead entering the second quarter before a 56-27 lead at halftime.

Freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo, the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday, scored a team-high 16 points for the Mustangs, shooting 6-of-13 overall; 2-for-4 from deep.

Senior guard Dynn Leaupepe had 14 points, moving to No. 6 in school history for career scoring (1,158), and senior guard Gabby Grupalo added a season-high nine points.

The Gophers, No. 21 in the country in rebounding average, had a 51-38 advantage on the boards.

The Mustangs were without leading scorer and rebounder Lynn Leaupepe, who left Monday evening's game at Eastern Washington four minutes in with an injury.

Cal Poly (4-5), on its first five-game road swing since 2013-14, will next visit North Dakota State (5-5) at 5 p.m. PST (7 p.m. Central Time) on Saturday at the Scheels Center in Fargo.