Women’s basketball: Gophers rally, beat Lehigh on Maura Braun buzzer-beater

Maura Braun’s 3-pointer with less than a second on the clock capped a furious comeback by Minnesota as the Gophers improved to 2-0 with a 101-99 women’s basketball victory over Lehigh on Sunday at Williams Arena.

The Gophers had taken a 98-97 lead on Katie Borowicz’s half-court steal and layup with 9 seconds left, only to watch Lehigh’s Mackenzie Kramer, with Braun draped all over her, bank in a shot with 1.7 seconds left for a 99-98 lead.

But after a 30-second timeout by Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen, the Gophers found Braun beyond the arc in the right-hand corner and she swished in the game-winner just before the buzzer sounded.

Braun scored a game-high 34 points and added three rebounds and four steals for Minnesota, which railed 82-72, with 7:07 remaining but steadily chipped.

Amaya Battle was instrumental down the stretch, scoring several big baskets on drives to keep Minnesota within spitting distance, and scored 17 points. Borowicz, a sophomore who missed all of last season after surgery to relieve pressure on her spine, had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals for Minnesota.

Kramer, who attended St. Michael-Albertville, was one of several Minnesotans to lead the Mountain Hawks (1-2), shooting 4 of 5 from beyond the arc to score a team-high 26 points. Frannie Hottinger, a senior wing from Inver Grove Heights, added 25 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

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