Gilbert undergoes second knee surgery, may be lost for season

Sophomore guard/forward Tanisha Gilbert underwent knee surgery last Wednesday to repair a partial ACL tear in her reconstructed right knee. Gilbert’s first ACL surgery dated back to her sophomore year in high school.

Gilbert missed most of last season because of academic ineligibility, and could possibly miss next season depending on how quickly she recovers.

Gilbert started 13 of the 14 games she played last year, averaging 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per outing.

Floyd hired on

University of Minnesota women’s basketball coach Brenda Oldfield announced last week the hiring of Erica Floyd as assistant coach.

Floyd played at Ohio State from 1988-92, and graduated in 1993.

“Her experience and leadership is just what our team needs to compete in he Big Ten,” Oldfield said. “She is enthusiastic, hard-working and a proven winner.”

Floyd’s coaching career began at Kent State in 1994 where she stayed until 1998. She then joined the staff at Cleveland State where she has served as an assistant coach the past three seasons.

Floyd began her duties as assistant coach on Monday.

Women make it a decade

The University of Minnesota Women’s Athletics Department has completed 27 consecutive academic terms with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In the 2001 spring semester, the departmental grade point average was 3.14, accomplishing the feat for the 10th year in a row.

“This reflects the student-athletes commitment to academics, the coaches’ guidance and the department’s support of the mission of the University,” women’s athletic director Chris Voelz said.

Sixty-two percent of Gopher women student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or better, with 16 receiving a perfect 4.0.

Ten of the 12 department sports posted a 3.0 GPA for the semester, with cross country earning a department-high 3.5 GPA.