|MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Chrissy Givens scored 18 first-half points and helped MTSU build a 25-point lead early in the second half en route to a 79-61 victory over host Minnesota in the championship game of the Subway Classic Sunday at Williams Arena.
Givens, voted the tournament's most valuable player, was almost unstoppable in the first half, going 9-of-14 from the field, leading the Blue Raiders to a 14-point halftime lead.
Givens and teammate Starr Orr were both selected to the Subway Classic All-Tournament team.
Freshman Chelsia Lymon came off the bench in the opening minutes of the second half and provided an offensive spark, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and a lay-up to help extend the lead to 57-34. Orr followed with eight consecutive points of her own, including another pair of trifectas, stretching the MTSU advantage to 65-38.
Minnesota made a run during the half when MTSU went without a bucket for more than six minutes, but the Golden Gophers never got closer than 14 after the break.
Givens led all scorers with 25 points while adding seven rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes of action. Orr, in one of her best games as a Blue Raider, added 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Senior Krystle Horton scored the first three baskets of the game for the Blue Raiders, and Johnna Abney knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, as MTSU quieted the crowd of 5,639 en route to an early 12-6 lead. Givens scored the next eight on a host of short jumpers and lay-ups for a 20-12 MTSU advantage with 7:51 to go in the half.