Lisa Bluder breaks down Iowa’s 76-70 loss to Purdue. Dargan Southard / The Register
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.
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 three 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.