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Lindsay Whalen's Gophers upset 12th-ranked Syracuse

Gophers should continue their climb in the top 25.

The Gophers women's basketball team put the rest of the country on notice Thursday night with an upset win over 12th-ranked Syracuse. 

Minnesota, ranked 20th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, won 72-68 at Williams Arena in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in what should be enough to start getting respect from voters in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll, of which Minnesota is not in the top 25. 

The Gophers led most of the game before a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Syracuse a 61-55 lead with 3:36 to play. Minnesota responded with a 12-0 run of their own with eight of the points coming from senior guard Kenisha Bell. 

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Bell led all scorers with 24 points while Taiye Bello had a huge double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds. 

The victory is Minnesota's first in a top-25 matchup since Jan. 15, 2006. 

The 6-0 Gophers are back in action Sunday at 3 p.m. when they host Air Force. 

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