U women’s hoops team down to seven players

Gophers women’s basketball player Lynda Hass is out of the lineup indefinitely after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.
Hass, a sophomore, is a reserve forward on the team who averaged 1.4 points and two rebounds per game last season.
In Minnesota’s first game this season, an exhibition against Latvia-Lithuania, Hass scored 12 points in 19 minutes. She was expected to take up some of the slack left by injured teammates Cheri Stafford, Sarah Schieber and Swantreca Taylor, who are all out for the season.
In addition, the Gophers lost Kay Schmidt, who transferred to Minnesota-Morris, and Kelly McNulty, who graduated.
With Hass out, Minnesota is down to seven scholarship players.
Women’s hockey signing
The Gophers women’s hockey team announced the signing of Jenny Schmidgall on Wednesday, making the Edina native the first-ever student-athlete to commit to Minnesota’s program.
Schmidgall led the Minnesota Thoroughbreds to a second-place finish in the 1996 U.S. National Tournament with 90 points from 48 goals and 42 assists.
She was also a member of the U.S. Junior National teams in 1995 and 1996 and has a 3.99 grade point average.
Swimming signings
The Gophers men’s swimming team inked breaststroker Chris Wood and butterflyer Michael Mesenbourg, both from Wisconsin, to national letters of intent Monday.
The women’s swimming team signed Burnsville native Katy Christoferson, who swims the breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley events.
All three swimmers are considered to be among the top nationwide in their particular events.
— Matthew Cross