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Minnesota Stops Duke

March 31, 2004|From Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. — Lindsay Whalen and Minnesota ended Duke's championship dreams.

The Golden Gophers got 27 points from Whalen and 20 points and 18 rebounds from Janel McCarville to oust the Blue Devils, 82-75, in the Mideast Regional final Tuesday night.

Minnesota (25-8) was able to answer every Duke (30-4) rally.

"Coach [Pam] Borton said the most aggressive team was going to win and that's the way we've played all year," Whalen said.

The Blue Devils had advanced to the Final Four the last two seasons, but lost in the semifinals both times.

"They hit every big shot," Duke Coach Gail Goestenkors said. "It seemed like every time we made a run and cut it to two or tied it, they'd come back and hit a huge three."

Minnesota, which had never advanced past the round of 16 before this season, will play Connecticut in the Final Four on Sunday.

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