Women’s hoops receive verbal commitment from Eden Prairie’s Collison

First-year Minnesota women’s basketball coach Brenda Oldfield received her third verbal commitment over the weekend.

Eden Prairie’s Christina Collison, a 6-foot-2 senior center who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds last season, will join the team for the 2002-03 season.

Collison said the strong recruiting effort by the Gophers coaching staff and the opportunity to play close to home influenced her decision to attend Minnesota.

“Coach (Oldfield) has a good vision for the future,” Collison said.

The other two recruits already committed to the program are Shannon Bolden of Marshall and Shannon Shonrock of Blue Earth.

– Adam Fink, Staff Reporter

Vasiljeva wins meet

Minnesota sophomore Darja Vasiljeva led the women’s cross country Maroon team to a 25-30 intrasquad victory Saturday at Les Bolstad Cross Country Course. Vasiljeva covered the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 33 seconds. One second later, teammate Lisa Dyer finished. Sophomore Laura Bjork led the Gold team, placing third overall. The Gophers begin the 2001 season Friday when they host the Memorial “Oz” Run.