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Newest Aussie resumes a legacy

Published May 6, 2004

When Brad James became an assistant for Minnesota's men's golf program in 1997, he began an annual trek to his native Australia to recruit. His travels have paid off over the last seven years, even as...

U’s Jacobson led by example

Published May 4, 2004

Facing program elimination two years ago, many Minnesota's women's golfers transferred or gave up the sport. Even the coach at the time, Melissa Arthur-Ringler, quit and took another job. But for Katie...

Third place finish is OK

Published May 3, 2004

It might not have been a first-place finish, but there were enough signs for Minnesota's men's golf coach Brad James to believe his team is ready to defend its Big Ten crown. The Gophers finished third...

Long break benefits Gophers

Published April 29, 2004

Stretching a span of four weeks beginning in late March, Minnesota's men's golf team was on the road - every weekend. The Gophers left town for the Hall of Fame Invitational on March 21 and ended the four-tournament...

Weiss shifts focus to next fall

Published April 27, 2004

It didn't take long for Minnesota's women's golf coach Katie Weiss to answer after being asked about the Gophers' future following an 11th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. "I am ready to close...

U finishes a disappointing 11th at Big Ten meet

Published April 26, 2004

Minnesota's women's golf team talked this season about ending on a positive note, cracking the top six in the standings and setting the foundation for the future. While the future is set - the Gophers...

England native Stubbs gears dreams toward golf

Published April 22, 2004

Known for making fast decisions - and changing her mind just as quickly - Minnesota's women's golfer Sophie Stubbs made a choice in fall 2002 that might have been rash, but one she hasn't regretted. Once...

Big Ten Championships on the horizon

Published April 20, 2004

Despite finishing last among Big Ten teams at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday, Minnesota's women's golf coach Katie Weiss isn't sure where her squad stacks up compared to the rest of the conference. She...

Two players added to thin Gophers playing roster

Published April 19, 2004

After losing three players since the end of the season - and four since January - Minnesota's men's basketball team got some good news Friday as it began formalizing its roster for next season. The Gophers...

U takes 11th in pre-conference meet

Published April 19, 2004

Minnesota women's golf coach Katie Weiss said the Lady Boilermaker Invitational would allow the Gophers to gauge where they stack up against many other Big Ten teams. After finishing 11th in the tournament...

Quarterback dual highlights spring game

Published April 19, 2004

Minnesota quarterback Adam Ernst might have put up more impressive numbers than his counterpart during the Gophers football annual spring scrimmage Saturday at the Metrodome, but Bryan Cupito got the last...

Gaines is next to leave team

Published April 15, 2004

A disappointing season has continued to spiral into the offseason for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The Gophers, who finished tied for last place in the Big Ten this last season with a 3-13 record,...

Butler emerging as leader on the course

Published April 13, 2004

Minnesota's women's golfer Sarah Butler might not be able to identify why her attitude changed, but she sure knows how it has affected her. During competitions last fall, Butler said, she was focused on...

‘Raw’ wide receivers show their stuff

Published April 12, 2004

At a press conference prior to the first practice of the season on March 25, Minnesota football coach Glen Mason cracked a joke about how he could hand off to one of his star running backs. The joke was...

Men’s golf takes third at N.C. meet

Published April 12, 2004

Last weekend, Minnesota's men's golf team searched for a rotation that would give the team a solid score from each player. The Gophers found just that. After finishing in first place last week at the Cleveland...

It’s official: U’s Humphries will go pro

Published April 9, 2004

When Kris Humphries committed to Minnesota's men's basketball team last summer, many people around the program said it was only a matter of time before the power forward declared for the NBA draft. On...

Humphries’ decision today

Published April 8, 2004

It's been a choice he has wanted to make for more than a decade, and today it is expected to become official when Minnesota's men's basketball forward Kris Humphries announces he will leave school for...

Slow progress is trying for an impatient Weiss

Published April 6, 2004

Katie Weiss admits she isn't patient. Minnesota's women's golf coach took the job two years ago, hoping she would turn around the program quickly. While she knew it would be a process, it doesn't make...

Gophers victorious at tourney in Georgia

Published April 5, 2004

Minnesota's men's golf coach Brad James said last week that all the Gophers needed was a solid fifth score to jump from a middle-of-the-pack to a top-of-the-standings team. After finishing eighth on March...

Yes, UConn: Team makes it 5 in a row

Published April 2, 2004

Be careful when throwing the word "dynasty" around Connecticut's women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma. While the Huskies have won the last two NCAA Championships, UConn's 19-year coach is cautious to...

Tired of waiting: Kane to leave Gophers

Published April 1, 2004

Aliou Kane kept hearing from fans and coaches that his time would come. But that didn't make it any easier for the Minnesota men's basketball center to play sparingly this last season. On Wednesday, Kane,...

Gophers slip to eighth on day 3

Published March 31, 2004

Minnesota's men's golf coach Brad James felt the Gophers were within striking distance of the lead after two rounds of the National Invitational Tournament wrapped up Monday. Instead, he watched his team...

Wind wreaks havoc on day two in Ariz.

Published March 30, 2004

Strong winds hurt Minnesota's men's golf team's scores on the second day of the National Invitational Tournament on Monday. However, it also damaged nearly every other team's scores in the tournament,...

U in 5th after day one in Ariz.

Published March 29, 2004

The short game struggled, as Minnesota's men's golf coach Brad James expected. But despite the Gophers' disappointment over their performance on the greens, No. 11 Minnesota shot a 2-under-par and finished...

Men’s golf looks to improve its short game

Published March 26, 2004

With the starting rotation essentially set, Minnesota's men's golf team has one main goal this weekend: to improve on its short game. Because of the uncooperative weather in Minnesota during the winter...

Mason outlines season plan

Published March 26, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason was quick to state how happy he was with last year's 10-win season Thursday afternoon. But as spring practice began, the many new objectives Mason laid out showed he...

Women’s team still looking for niche

Published March 23, 2004

Minnesota's women's second-year golf coach Katie Weiss uses the terms "rebuilding" or "transition" to describe this year's squad. But considering how far the program has come over the last two years, that...

Sub-par season comes to a close

Published March 22, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS ñ- Even after Wisconsin had pulled its starters with more than one minute remaining March 12 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota's men's basketball team kept double-teaming...

Third time’s a charm: Gophers win

Published March 12, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - All season, Minnesota's men's basketball coach Dan Monson has witnessed his team not make the most of their opportunities. From a lack of effort to blowing big leads to missing shots, the...

Win four or out the door

Published March 11, 2004

Earlier this week, Kris Humphries pretty much summed up what everyone outside of Minnesota's men's basketball team already knew. "It's the NCAA (Tournament) or we're coming home," Humphries said. The Gophers...

Humphries nabs honors

Published March 10, 2004

When Kris Humphries joined Minnesota's men's basketball team last summer, he knew there would be differences between playing at the college and high school level. While the freshman hasn't had the team...

Refreshed Gophers look to Big Ten tourney

Published March 9, 2004

In the last two games, Minnesota's men's basketball forward Stan Gaines said he has noticed the Gophers have been a little more relaxed and refreshed. This has translated into better play on the court....

Gophers seeded 10th for tourney

Published March 8, 2004

While all five of Minnesota's men's basketball seniors started Saturday's game against Penn State, it was two of them - Michael Bauer and Ben Johnson - who secured a Gophers victory. Bauer and Johnson...

Waning minutes have plagued men’s hoops

Published March 5, 2004

To say not much has gone right for Minnesota's men's basketball team this season would be an understatement. But when the Gophers look back on the year, they can pinpoint one area where many games were...

Humphries nears return

Published March 4, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball forward Kris Humphries participated in practice Wednesday and said he hopes to play Saturday against Penn State. Humphries, speaking to the media for the first time since straining...

Gophers will use their bye week to prepare for Big Ten finale

Published March 3, 2004

After 15 Big Ten games - 13 of which were losses - Minnesota's men's basketball team finally gets a day off. Actually, three days off. The Gophers do not play until Saturday and after losing to Iowa last...

Young leader nears records

Published March 2, 2004

Kris Humphries has been slowly etching himself into Minnesota's men's basketball's record book all season. Heading into the final week of the conference season, Humphries is in position to put his name...

Second-half run not enough for men’s hoops

Published March 1, 2004

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The lights dimmed as Iowa ran onto the court Saturday afternoon for its game against Minnesota's men's basketball team. For the Gophers, it appeared the lights went out earlier in the...

Iowa’s struggles similar to Gophers’

Published February 27, 2004

For the last two seasons, Minnesota's men's basketball team has gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show only to find their bubble burst. Iowa, the Gophers' opponent Saturday in Iowa City,...

Minnesota bucked by Ohio State

Published February 26, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team has talked all season about playing with confidence down the stretch and making those few extra plays to grind out a win. After 11 Big Ten losses - many in the final few...

With three games left, U looking for momentum

Published February 25, 2004

Whether it's a big gust of wind for a sailboat or being unable to stop moving on an icy Minnesota ground, momentum plays a large role in how far you go - and where you end up. For Minnesota's men's basketball...

Home wins tough to come by this season

Published February 24, 2004

In one of his final post-game comments following his team's win over Minnesota's men's basketball team last month, Indiana coach Mike Davis said playing at Williams Arena is difficult. Since opening in...

Gaffes plague Gophers at home

Published February 23, 2004

Prior to Saturday's men's basketball game against Minnesota at Williams Arena, Purdue coach Gene Keady wrote two messages to his team on its locker room board: have a fast start and play with a high energy...

Men’s hoops gelling

Published February 20, 2004

Minnesota men's basketball forward Kris Humphries admits that earlier this season he might have rushed a quick shot. Or was too impatient that he passed to a covered teammate. On Wednesday night, Humphries...

Humphries’ heroics sink Hoosiers

Published February 19, 2004

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ñ All season long, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson has stressed two "F" words with his players: focus and fun. Before Wednesday night's game against Indiana, he added a third:...

Gophers begin final Big Ten push

Published February 18, 2004

Following an 83-68 shellacking by Iowa on Jan. 24, Minnesota's men's basketball team knew something needed to change on the defensive end of the court. The Hawkeyes shot 53.5 percent, shredded the Gophers'...

Gophers’ second half foes familiar ones

Published February 17, 2004

The message Minnesota's men's basketball coach Dan Monson told his players late last week was simple. They've seen them all. Despite having lost to all of the Big Ten teams except Michigan this year, Minnesota...

U fizzles, falls to Spartans

Published February 16, 2004

Sitting with one conference win and staring up at the rest of the Big Ten, Minnesota's men's basketball team knew it would likely take a perfectly executed game to sideswipe conference contender Michigan...

Boone developing into consistent player most expected

Published February 13, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball coach Dan Monson has tried several different combinations for his starting lineup this season. But against Michigan on Wednesday night, Monson pulled a first for the season:...

Gophers finally crack the win column with 81-78 victory

Published February 12, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team has seen it all before. There have been miracle three-pointers, historic comebacks and epic collapses. And they've been on the short end of them all during the Big Ten...

Lack of winning takes its toll on Gophers

Published February 11, 2004

Since Jeff Hagen joined Minnesota's men's basketball team three years ago, the Gophers have always been in the hunt for the Big Ten title in early February. In 2001, the team started 4-6. In 2002, the...

Men’s basketball players able to reunite with friends

Published February 10, 2004

Sunday's game against Illinois had special meaning for two Minnesota men's basketball team members. Aaron Robinson and Stan Gaines, both Illinois natives, got a chance to play against some of their childhood...

Big Ten losing streak continues for men’s hoops team, now 0-9

Published February 9, 2004

During his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon, Illinois coach Bruce Weber said he noticed Minnesota's men's basketball team reaches a point in the second half where it loses confidence - and, ultimately,...

Gophers bench players chip in

Published February 6, 2004

Less than 10 minutes remained in the game against Wisconsin on Wednesday night when Minnesota's men's basketball forward Michael Bauer received a bounce pass and slammed home a dunk. While the Gophers...

Gophers can’t shake the habit, lose again 80-66

Published February 5, 2004

As Devin Harris walked toward the Wisconsin bench with 1:37 remaining Wednesday night, the Badgers faithful rose to their feet in appreciation of his 38-point effort. Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan...

Tall test awaits Gophers in Madison

Published February 4, 2004

After blowing a 23-point lead to Michigan State on Wednesday, Minnesota's men's basketball team talked about doing a few more little things to get a win. A defensive stop here or one more basket there...

Men’s hoops team sticks together despite losses

Published February 3, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball critics are slowly carrying a louder voice. The boos - once unheard of at home games - can be faintly made out at Williams Arena. And the message boards are lighting up with...

Men’s hoops drops to 0-7 in Big Ten play

Published February 2, 2004

In its last three games, Minnesota's men's basketball team found a variety of ways to lose. There were comebacks that fell just short (Purdue), double-digit leads that turned into losses (Michigan State)...

Gophers blow 23-point lead, lose 79-78 in OT

Published January 29, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team looked around stunned moments after the final buzzer sounded on the team's 79-78 overtime loss Wednesday evening at Williams Arena. Michigan State's bench, on the other...

Gaines’ prowess fills a void on men’s hoops team

Published January 28, 2004

Stan Gaines didn't want to put pressure on himself. He knew his time would come and, when it did, he wanted to be ready. So this past summer, the Minnesota men's basketball forward worked on his midrange...

Gophers show their versatility on defense

Published January 27, 2004

Earlier in the season, Minnesota's men's basketball team found itself bombarded with questions about its defense. Could they contain perimeter shooters? Would post players tear apart the Gophers' interior...

Another slow start plagues men’s basketball team, leads to OT loss

Published January 26, 2004

There is a fine line to winning, and Minnesota's men's basketball team is finding that barrier difficult to cross. After making a 15-point comeback at Purdue last Wednesday before losing, the Gophers again...

Hargrow’s sudden exit surprises players

Published January 26, 2004

The news that Minnesota men's basketball guard Moe Hargrow had left the team sent shockwaves through the Gophers locker room over the weekend. Hargrow, a junior averaging 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per...

Men’s hoops team hopes for more offense against Hoosiers

Published January 23, 2004

When it comes to offense, Minnesota's men's basketball team usually has little to worry about. For the past two years, the Gophers have finished in first or second place in overall Big Ten offense and...

Hargrow leaves men’s basketball team

Published January 23, 2004

Moe Hargrow, a guard on Minnesota's men's basketball team, announced Friday he has left the Gophers and will transfer. "Moe is talented," Gophers coach Dan Monson said. "We are going to miss him." The...

Gophers give Purdue a scare, but fall 72-65

Published January 22, 2004

Earlier this week, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson said starting strong on the road was even more important with the team sitting alone at the bottom of the Big Ten conference. And with the...

Gophers head to Purdue in search of a victory

Published January 21, 2004

Two years ago this month, Minnesota's men's basketball team pulled out a win at an arena in which the team had historically struggled. In defeating Purdue 87-71 in 2002 at Mackey Arena, the Gophers used...

Men’s hoops team falls to 0-3 in Big Ten

Published January 20, 2004

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson recently told his players the past three weeks has been one of his most difficult stretches as a coach. The Gophers fifth-year coach said this probably also...

Minnesota men’s basketball team gets back on winning track

Published January 2, 2004

On the first possession of the second half, Minnesota's men's basketball guard Adam Boone lobbed the ball to Kris Humphries for an emphatic slam dunk. The basket pulled the Gophers to within one point...

Gophers win 63-53 over South Carolina

Published January 2, 2004

Clinging to a six-point lead on national television with 1:29 remaining, Minnesota's women's basketball team needed some defensive stops Saturday afternoon. Having struggled to defend South Carolina's...

Women’s hoops victorious in Big Ten opener

Published January 2, 2004

Minnesota women's basketball guard Lindsay Whalen was "a little surprised" at how open she was to shoot from beyond the three-point line Thursday night. "You just get into rhythm," the senior said. It...

Gophers shown up by Nebraska, lose 77-60

Published December 30, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team's collapse - and subsequent 77-60 loss - Monday night against Nebraska started just as it appeared the Gophers were going to take over the game. When the Cornhuskers'...

Men’s hoops needs overtime win

Published December 23, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball guard Moe Hargrow pointed towards the crowd. Kris Humphries pumped his fists in celebration. And there were smiles on the rest of the Gophers players' faces following an overtime...

Humphries not your average freshman

Published December 12, 2003

Most freshmen play small roles their rookie seasons, and are usually relegated to sparse playing time while being told to watch and learn. If they're lucky, they will make a small impact. Nothing could...

U scores early, often in Long Beach Street rout

Published December 10, 2003

With less than three minutes remaining and a commanding 33-point lead, Minnesota's men's basketball coach Dan Monson was able to perform a task he hasn't done much this season: He cleared his bench. After...

Turnovers concern men’s hoops team

Published December 9, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball forward Kris Humphries was in the low post during Saturday's win over Western Illinois when he found himself surrounded by three defenders. In an attempt to get the ball out...

Following suit: U loses in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Published December 4, 2003

After tying the game at 61-61 with just over eight minutes remaining, Minnesota's men's basketball team fell apart Wednesday night. Virginia dissected the Gophers defense, caused three turnovers and scored...

Hargrow frustrated; Monson says to be patient

Published December 3, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball guard Moe Hargrow called Sunday's game against Furman his most frustrating as a basketball player. He finished with six points on 2-for-10 shooting. In addition, Hargrow played...

Bauer is slowly getting it done for men’s hoops

Published December 2, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball forward Michael Bauer does not judge himself on numbers. But even he isn't happy with Sunday's game against Furman. Bauer scored six points, tallied six rebounds and had two...

Gophers win, let Furman ‘hang around too long’

Published December 1, 2003

Two seconds remained in a tied game Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena and Minnesota's men's basketball team appeared to be headed toward a loss at the hands of an upstart Furman squad. Paladins star forward...

Men’s hoops eager to get back on winning track come Sunday

Published November 26, 2003

No amount of mouthwash that can take away the sour taste lingering in the mouth of Minnesota's men's basketball team after its loss Nov. 19. "Any time you take a tough loss," guard Adam Boone said, "you...

Three athletes honored

Published November 25, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball forward Kris Humphries has already notched one award. The freshman was named the Big Ten player of the week on Monday. Humphries averaged 23 points and 12.5 rebounds in the Gophers'...

Men win, women 2nd in home swimming tourney

Published November 24, 2003

After Saturday's finals, Minnesota's men's swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale found out only one other team would remain in the Twin Cities for Sunday's conclusion to the Minnesota Invite. The rest...

Utes too much as Gophers lose in preseason NIT

Published November 20, 2003

It was billed as a battle of the freshmen Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. In a game of highly touted forwards, Minnesota men's basketball rookie Kris Humphries and Utah's first year star Andrew Bogut...

Gophers one win away from the Big Apple

Published November 19, 2003

Despite only playing one game, Minnesota's men's basketball team already has a short-term goal: earn a trip to New York. If the Gophers (1-0) beat Utah tonight in Salt Lake City, Minnesota will advance...

Men’s hoops to open season

Published November 17, 2003

In many sports, offensive plays draw the fans' focus and make the highlight reel. And when points start adding up, weaknesses tend to get overlooked. Minnesota's men's basketball team finds itself in a...

Basketball shows ‘no emotion’ in 84-71 win

Published November 13, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson stood with his arms crossed as the finals seconds ticked away in the Gophers' 84-71 win Wednesday night against Howard Pulley. The fans remaining from the announced...

U looks to emphasize passing in exhibition finale

Published November 12, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team is not happy settling for good shots this year. It goes beyond that. The Gophers want to attempt great shots. This means solid ball movement and selfless play. "We have...

Gophers shore up in second half, pound Concordia

Published November 10, 2003

It's a start - or at least the second half was a building block. After dismantling Concordia-St. Paul by a 95-59 score in a tale of two halves Friday night, Minnesota's men's basketball team reviewed film...

Offensive execution and defense on exhibition menu

Published November 7, 2003

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson said the score doesn't matter. No, Monson said, he wants to evaluate the team on offensive execution and the ability to play defense when the Gophers face Concordia-St....

Wickstrand will not go for another coaching job

Published November 6, 2003

When Minnesota women's soccer coach Barbara Wickstrand was told to meet with two athletics administrators Monday morning, she had a gut feeling her four-year tenure as coach had ended. Following the meeting...

Center of attention: Kane and Hagen filling the void

Published November 4, 2003

Minutes into Minnesota's men's basketball scrimmage Saturday, Aliou Kane reached up to the glass and pulled down a strong rebound. While players and coaches said the overall rebounding performance was...

Season-ending win provides a degree of solace for soccer

Published November 3, 2003

The frustration had been building. A season of Big Ten aspirations came crumbling down weeks ago, and the taste of victory eluded Minnesota's soccer team for almost one month. But for at least one afternoon,...

Indiana QB thrust into game with little warning

Published November 3, 2003

It's just like practice. It's just like practice. It's just like practice. Those are the words Indiana quarterback Graeme McFarland uttered prior to taking the field for the Hoosiers' football team Saturday. McFarland,...

Humphries drops 34 on teammates in scrimmage

Published November 3, 2003

There were the positives - such as Kris Humphries abusing any defensive player attempting to guard him - for Minnesota's men's basketball team. There also were areas that immediately drew concern from...

TV future cloudy for men’s hoops

Published October 31, 2003

Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi has already heard from about 12 concerned fans via e-mail, telephone and letters, and he only expects the number of complaints and concerns to mount. Today marks...

Men’s basketball team led by four key players

Published October 28, 2003

Two didn't play in a single game. One was only a sophomore. And the final player was already the team's emotional source last year. But already, Adam Boone, Ben Johnson, Moe Hargrow and Michael Bauer have...

Gophers end Big Ten soccer season with a 4-3 home loss to Wisconsin

Published October 27, 2003

There was a pregame ceremony honoring the seniors. There was the natural border rivalry. And there was a message to send. While it appeared Minnesota's soccer team was finally clicking on offense, the...

Soccer can finish 8th, but tourney chances gone

Published October 24, 2003

Oh, so close. Minnesota's soccer team will not make the Big Ten conference tournament for the third consecutive year, and the Gophers don't have to look far for reasons why. Oct. 12, the Gophers tied last-place...

Soccer team can still make Big Ten field

Published October 21, 2003

Minnesota soccer coaches and players gathered Saturday night to reassess their goals following an 8-1 rout by Penn State one night earlier. The talk centered around winning the final two Big Ten games,...