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Minnesota (5-1) dominated inside and led for the final 30 minutes as the Gophers posted an 80-62 win over James Madison University (2-3) in women's basketball action in the Cancun Challenge on Friday at Moon Palace Resort.
Minnesota shot 49 percent (29-59) from the floor, outscored the Dukes 38-22 in the paint and outrebounded JMU 51-37. The Dukes shot a season-low 28.2 percent (20-71) from the field after shooting a season-high 50 percent in its overtime win over Green Bay on Thursday.
The Gophers' Rachel Banham and Kionna Kellogg tied for game-high scoring honors with 20 apiece, and Kellogg grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Micaella Riche added 15 points and nine rebounds.
JMU was led in scoring by junior guard Kirby Burkholder with 19 points. Also in double figures in scoring were senior guard Tarik Hislop with 12 and redshirt senior guard Jasmine Gill, who scored 11 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Dukes took an early 12-8 lead at the 16:01 mark of the first half, but Minnesota outscored JMU 12-2 over a six-minute span to go up 20-14 with 9:58 left.
After a 3-pointer by JMU senior forward Nikki Newman cut the margin to 20-17, the Gophers held JMU without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. During that stretch Minnesota outscored the Dukes 16-3 to go ahead 36-20 with 3:15 left in the half.