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Minnesota women topple 9th-ranked Ohio State 76-65

Ohio State guard Tayler Hill (4) steals the ball from Minnesota guard Sari Noga in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Ohio State guard Tayler Hill (4) steals the ball from Minnesota guard Sari Noga in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy King)
By Dave Campbell
AP Sports Writer / January 29, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS—Rachel Banham scored 20 points and made three 3-pointers, helping Minnesota take down No. 9 Ohio State 76-65 on Sunday.

Kiara Buford added 15 points and seven assists for the Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten), who beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly three years. They did it by dominating the post, outscoring the Buckeyes 36-20 in the paint with Katie Loberg and Micaella Riche taking it to the young Ohio State frontcourt.

Samantha Prahalis, the reigning Big Ten player of the week, snapped to life in the second half with 19 of her 25 points. The Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2) pulled to 63-59 on a 3-pointer by Prahalis but would get no closer in the final 15 minutes.

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