Women’s hoops opens with wins

The Minnesota women’s basketball team won their home ivitational with victories over SUNY Binghamton and Providence over the weekend.
The Gophers started the season 2-0 for the first time in nine years with an 88-60 victory over Providence.
Lindsay Whalen turned in a standout performance for Minnesota, scoring 27 points.
The Gophers began the weekend with a 85-74 win against the Binghamton Bearcats on Saturday.
Freshmen guard Ozlem Piroglu paced Minnesota, scoring 20 points. All-American Bess Greenberg led all scorers with 29 for the Bearcats.
Eight freshmen made their debut in maroon and gold and Minnesota coach Cheryl Littlejohn said the newcomers brought hustle and enthusiasm to the court.
“I don’t want to keep them calm. They play (better) when they’re hyped up,” Littlejohn said.
The Gophers next host Denver at the Sports Pavilion on Nov. 25.

Sarah Dornan and Anthony Maggio cover women’s basketball and welcome comments at [email protected]