Rutgers women’s basketball falls to Minnesota in first round of Big Ten Tournament

On Wednesday night, Rutgers women’s basketball’s Big Ten Tournament hopes ended against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat Rutgers 77-69 as Amaya Battle had one of the best games of her career. It was Minnesota’s first win in the Big Ten Conference Tournament since 2020.

The Golden Gophers built a big lead early on, partly due to Battle’s play. The talented guard scored a career-high 32 points and had seven assists. She also got some help from Grace Grocholski, who scored 12 points.

While Rutgers season came to a disappointing end, Destiny Adams continued to be a points machine. The Lakehurst, New Jersey, native had one of her best games this season, scoring 31 points. She also made an impact on the boards with 24 rebounds.


In this game, one of Rutgers most significant issues was taking care of the ball. They committed 16 turnovers, while Minnesota only committed seven. That made it hard for Rutgers to take control of the game. Their biggest lead of the night was two points.

Although Rutgers will now shift its focus to the 2024-2025 campaign, Minnesota will be back in action on Thursday night. They are set to take on Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire