Natasha Williams had 26 points and five blocks to spark No. 16 Minnesota after a sluggish start, and the Gophers beat San Francisco, 80-62, in the Subway Classic last night in Minneapolis.
With forward Jamie Broback, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder, on the bench and out of uniform, Williams, a sophomore, moved into the starting lineup and gave the Gophers (1-0) plenty of production in the post against the Dons. She shot 11 for 13.
Minnesota will face No. 11 Stanford today in the championship game of this mini-tournament. San Francisco will play in the consolation game against Long Island, which lost to the Cardinal earlier at Williams Arena.
The Gophers trailed 29-28 with about 41/2 minutes left in the first half until Shannon Schonrock, who finished with 11 points, sank a three-pointer.
* STANFORD 69, LONG ISLAND 28: Brooke Smith had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the No. 11 Cardinal to a season-opening victory in the semifinals of the Subway Classic tournament.
Candice Wiggins added 14 points and six rebounds for Stanford.
Sara Oblak led the Blackbirds with 10 points and nine rebounds. LIU shot a dismal 4 of 31 in the second half.
The Cardinal jumped to a 22-2 lead with only seven minutes gone in the first half. Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer soon rested her starters, with no Cardinal player logging more than 23 minutes.
* VANDERBILT 65, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 51: Caroline Williams scored 13 points to lead the No. 17 Commodores in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Carla Thomas had 11 points and Dee Davis added nine points and four rebounds for Vanderbilt (2-1). The Commodores shot 46 percent en route to a 25-20 halftime lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-1) took its only lead at 35-34 with 12 minutes remaining in the second half before Vanderbilt went on a 14-0 run.
* UTAH 83, JACKSONVILLE STATE 46: Kim Smith had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the No. 22 Utes in Salt Lake City in the season opener for both teams.
Heidi Carlsen shot 3 for 3 from three-point range and scored 11 points for Utah. Joh-Teena Filipe also finished with 11, and Shona Thorburn added 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
* BAYLOR 74, INDIANA 62: Sophia Young had 19 points and 16 rebounds, leading the defending NCAA champion and No. 6 Bears in Bloomington, Ind., to their 23rd straight win. Angela Tisdale also had 19 points and Abiola Wabara added a career-high 17 for Baylor (3-0).
Young had five during a 23-5 run after Indiana's last lead early in the second half. The Hoosiers (0-1) made only two field goals in the first 13 minutes after the break, and after two free throws by Cyndi Valentin, the Bears pulled away and were never threatened.
* TEMPLE 66, DREXEL 54: Candice Dupree had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 21 Owls in Philadelphia. Ten players scored for Temple (3-0). Candice Burrows finished with nine points and Kamesha Hairston scored eight.
* DEPAUL 88, UNLV 72: Khara Smith scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the No. 18 Blue Demons in the championship game of the DePaul Invitational Tournament in Chicago. Smith was 7 for 11 and had five assists for DePaul.
* GEORGE MASON 75, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 64: Jen Daniels scored 19 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead the Patriots in their season opener at home. Moni Akintunde added 17 points and 15 rebounds for George Mason.
* MONMOUTH 88, NAVY 79: Monmouth junior Niamh Dwyer's triple-double led the Hawks in the Florida Atlantic University Tip Off Classic. Navy junior Carly Meyer led the Mids (1-1) with 20 points.