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NCAA leaves Gophers out in the cold

Published May 5, 2005

Just two days after Minnesota's men's tennis team learned the careers of its full-time coaches were not ending, its season officially did. The Gophers (9-13, 6-6 Big Ten) found out at approximately 4 p.m....

Loss to Ohio State hurts NCAA hopes

Published May 2, 2005

In the immortal words of author Alexandre Dumas, Minnesota's men's tennis team can only wait and hope. The seventh-seeded Gophers (9-13, 6-6 Big Ten) were swept by second-seed Ohio State (19-7, 10-2) 4-0...

Women conclude season; men extend it

Published April 29, 2005

Minnesota's men's and women's tennis teams had two very different days at the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. On one hand, the men's team (9-12, 6-5 Big Ten) had no trouble dispatching Wisconsin 4-1. On...

Minnesota ends another difficult season with one eye trained on the future

Published April 28, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson sat on a bench between courts at Baseline Tennis Center, sweat rolling down his face as he gazed over the courts. Thomson had just finished a personal marathon...

Gophers hope near-miss can spur them at Big Tens

Published April 26, 2005

Minnesota's men's tennis team had a chance to make everyone forget about its trying season Saturday. The Gophers led 3-2 against No. 4 Illinois, a team that was undefeated in the Big Ten and 18-3 overall,...

Gophers gain split after tough loss to fourth-ranked Illini at Baseline

Published April 25, 2005

The weekend was a study in contrast for Minnesota's men's tennis team. On Saturday, the team took on Illinois, the No. 4 team in the country and the Big Ten leader with an undefeated conference record. Then,...

Four wins in two duals? Gophers play host to top and bottom of Big Ten

Published April 22, 2005

Minnesota men's tennis interim coach David Wheaton thinks his team is capable of turning in four wins this weekend. Never mind the fact that the Gophers (7-11, 4-4 Big Ten) play only two duals. "There's...

Gophers face prospect of a third one-win Big Ten finish in four seasons

Published April 20, 2005

For the third time in four years, Minnesota's women's tennis team appears headed for a one-win Big Ten campaign. In both the first and third seasons of coach Tyler Thomson's tenure (2002 and 2004), the...

Women steal first B-10 win

Published April 18, 2005

Just once, Ida Malmberg let loose. In the third set of her three- hour-plus match against Penn State's Andreea Niculescu on Sunday, Malmberg screamed "Bring it!" Three games later, she put the finishing...

Women seek win at home

Published April 15, 2005

It would be an understatement to say Minnesota's women's tennis team is glad to be returning to the Baseline Tennis Center. After all, the Gophers have lost four straight matches without truly being threatening...

Gophers hold off Jackrabbits 8-5

Published April 14, 2005

It was a fairly typical mid-week game for Minnesota's men's baseball team. Pitching changes were abundant, 19 Gophers found their way into the box score and Minnesota won, pushing its record on Wednesdays...

Wilkins travels his own path on and off the court

Published April 13, 2005

Every time Sion Wilkins steps onto a tennis court for Minnesota's men's tennis team, he's making history. Though there's no official statistic saying so, the sophomore said he believes he is the first...

Makeshift lineups struggle to 1-2

Published April 11, 2005

The top player on Minnesota's men's tennis team was the last hope the Gophers had to salvage an otherwise forgettable weekend. With both teams and many fans lining the court, senior Avery Ticer broke the...

Thomson emphasizes a very un-McEnroe style of play as Gophers women seek first Big Ten victory

Published April 8, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis team traded its rackets for a remote control and the hard tennis courts for some cozy chairs Tuesday. For the first half of the team's practice, coach Tyler Thomson showed the...

Minnesota shines outdoors

Published April 4, 2005

It hasn't happened often in the last four years, but Minnesota's men's tennis team might hope for more outdoor matches this spring. Instead of being played inside the Baseline Tennis Center, Sunday's match...

With mental game in mind, Gophers play host to pair of Michigan teams

Published April 1, 2005

You don't have to look very hard to see that interim head coach David Wheaton has made an impact on Minnesota's men's tennis team. First, there's the obvious: All players now wear the same maroon shirts...

Webb’s transfer makes three who won’t be with team

Published March 30, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team announced Tuesday that yet another player would not be with the program next year. Miles Webb, a 6-foot-3-inch freshman guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., said in a statement...

Minnesota copes with the growing pains that come with such a young squad

Published March 30, 2005

In college sports, leadership from upperclassmen is usually a key part in the success of any team. What, then, to make of Minnesota's women's tennis team, with no seniors and just one junior? Though it's...

Pair won’t be with Gophers next year

Published March 29, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team announced Monday that it will not have the services of two players who were expected to contribute next season. Gophers coach Dan Monson said in a statement that 7-foot...

Gophers upbeat after near-miss versus Buckeyes

Published March 28, 2005

Minnesota's women's tennis team did everything but take home a victory Sunday. The Gophers led Ohio State 3-1 after sophomore Lindsay Risebrough put the finishing touches on an inspired comeback victory. But...

Thomson tries to instill toughness in his team

Published March 25, 2005

On an end court at Baseline Tennis Center on Wednesday, Minnesota women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson diligently traded groundstrokes and volleys with junior Megan Steiger for at least an hour. "I'm tired,"...

Doubles spell trouble for Gophers’ chances

Published March 24, 2005

In most cases, two is better than one. But that maxim hasn't been the case for Minnesota's men's tennis team so far. In fact, even though the doubles point is just one out of seven possible in a college...

Four under 80 the key as Minnesota aims for the top half of the Big Ten

Published March 22, 2005

The concept of success is rarely easy to describe. Usually, it hinges on multiple factors, and it's difficult to point to just one thing a team can do to attain it. But in the case of Minnesota's women's...

Cyclones neutralize Grier

Published March 21, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Minnesota men's basketball junior Vincent Grier didn't want to be asked about poor shooting Friday. After the Gophers lost 64-53 to Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament,...

Bag of tricks empty at long last

Published March 21, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Minnesota's men's basketball team has made a habit of falling behind early in most of its games this season. And yet, somehow, the Gophers always found a way to work themselves back into...

Gophers loose entering Big Tens

Published March 11, 2005

With multitudes of college basketball tournaments going on around the country, there are plenty of high-quality games to see. Gophers coach Dan Monson said there might be none better than his team's game...

Grier named All-Big Ten; Hagen, Coleman honored

Published March 9, 2005

Vincent Grier wasn't just speechless. He was wordless. "It's definitely remarkable," Grier said after learning he was named first team All-Big Ten by coaches and second team by the media. "To be known...

Bye arrives not a moment too soon as Gophers ready for Big Ten Tournament

Published March 8, 2005

A two-day weekend simply isn't long enough for most people. But if you heard Minnesota's men's basketball team talk about it, it seemed to view it more as a two-week tropical getaway. "You'd be surprised...

20-win fantasy becomes a reality

Published March 3, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team achieved two impressive milestones in one very unimpressive performance Wednesday. The Gophers picked up their 20th overall win and 10th Big Ten win of the season, making...

Top-five finish done, more awaits

Published March 2, 2005

It seemed absolutely absurd when Minnesota's men's basketball team talked about a top-five Big Ten finish in early December. After all, the team was predicted by some to not even win a conference game...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Published February 28, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - If Minnesota's men's basketball team garners an NCAA bid when the brackets are announced March 13, it can thank senior Aaron Robinson. For the second-straight game, Robinson almost...

Minnesota heads to Purdue for Keady’s farewell

Published February 25, 2005

Purdue men's basketball coach Gene Keady has been around long enough to develop special relationships with every Big Ten school. But Minnesota, in particular, holds a unique place in his heart. Keady gushes,...

Seniors have their night vs. Iowa

Published February 24, 2005

It wasn't a perfect start, but it was a fitting ending for the seniors on Minnesota's men's basketball team. In their last home game, Jeff Hagen, Brent Lawson and Aaron Robinson opened the game shooting...

Junior carves out his Stamping grounds

Published February 23, 2005

If there's one player who sums up this year's Minnesota men's basketball team, it's junior college transfer J'son Stamper. On a team that prides itself on being tough and ugly, the 6-foot-6-inch, 233-pound...

Stamper shields Gophers’ bubble

Published February 21, 2005

Minnesota men's basketball junior Vincent Grier leapt onto teammate J'son Stamper's back and raised his arm in triumph after Saturday's game against Ohio State at Williams Arena. It was a rather simple...

Boone given sixth year; Buckeyes come to town

Published February 18, 2005

The long wait is over and it's now official: Adam Boone will be back for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The senior point guard was finally informed that he has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility...

Gophers can’t compete with State

Published February 17, 2005

Dan Monson was more upset Wednesday night than he has been all season. The coach of Minnesota's men's basketball team threw his jacket to the floor early in the first half and ran onto the court screaming,...

Gophers look to synergize offense at Michigan State

Published February 16, 2005

It seems like a long time ago that Minnesota's men's basketball team had 22 assists in its Big Ten opener against Penn State. That game, an 83-62 trouncing of the league's worst team, was a high water...

Twenty wins not quite 20/20 after 71-56 loss at Indiana

Published February 14, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On its first possession of the second half Saturday, Minnesota's men's basketball team had a chance to draw even with - or take the lead from - Indiana. Rico Tucker had an open look...

NCAA berth slipping from Gophers’ grasp

Published February 14, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It was anything but a banner week for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The Gophers blew a 10-point lead at home against a Northwestern team that had not won a road game all season...

Indiana game is a chance to rebound after a letdown

Published February 11, 2005

In every sport and at every level, there are invariably "sandwich" games. These are games that, as the name suggests, are sandwiched between two seemingly more- significant games. For Minnesota's men's...

Northwestern pulls 55-53 upset

Published February 10, 2005

For once, Vincent Grier threw the ball down with a little too much authority Wednesday night. With just more than four minutes to play, Grier collected a loose ball on the baseline, took one step and threw...

NCAA expectations begin to materialize

Published February 9, 2005

No matter what Dan Monson says, nobody is going to be confusing Vincent Grier and Jimmy Chitwood anytime soon. "We were drawing stuff up for Vincent that we've never ran before," the Minnesota men's basketball...

Sheer Grier: Junior pelts Badgers

Published February 7, 2005

In three Big Ten losses for Minnesota's men's basketball team, Vincent Grier has been too quiet for coach Dan Monson's taste. "If this is going to be his team, he's got to be accountable in big games,"...

Rivalry takes back seat to postseason versus Wisconsin

Published February 4, 2005

On Oct. 16, college basketball practices officially began at 12 a.m. all across the country, with many schools holding "Midnight Madness" extravaganzas for fans to meet the new team. Minnesota men's basketball...

Gophers win 71-54 in Ann Arbor

Published February 3, 2005

.It has been even longer since it delivered on such an expectation. The Gophers (15-6, 5-3 Big Ten) did so in dominant fashion Wednesday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., handing the Wolverines (12-10,...

Michigan game pivotal for bracketology equation

Published February 2, 2005

Getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament isn't much different from applying for a job. Just like job applicants, hopeful teams are rigorously reviewed by a committee. There's no true interview process,...

Gophers overwhelmed 89-66 by Illinois’ top-ranked talent

Published January 31, 2005

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With 11:25 left in Saturday's game against Minnesota's men's basketball team, Illinois guard Dee Brown took some time out to toss a promotional T-shirt into the crowd. And why not - No....

No. 1 Illini true test for upstart Minnesota

Published January 28, 2005

Minnesota's men's basketball team members stood facing the student section Wednesday at Williams Arena with wide smiles on their faces, clapping and singing the rouser in their typical post-game tradition. The...

Gophers do it again, down Indiana 70-65

Published January 27, 2005

It wasn't a good night to be at Williams Arena for two of the leading scorers in the Big Ten on Wednesday. Indiana's Bracey Wright and Minnesota's Vincent Grier, the conference's top- and sixth-ranked...

Seniors get theirs at last

Published January 26, 2005

Dan Monson loves this year's Minnesota's men's basketball team so much that he even relished getting up early Monday for a 6 a.m. workout. "I told them that the best thing about working out this morning...

Michigan State controls Grier, Minnesota 69-55

Published January 24, 2005

You might not have recognized Vincent Grier on Saturday if you didn't know his number. The junior forward on Minnesota's men's basketball team looked like a completely different person against Michigan...

Swagger returns as Gophers play host to Spartans on Saturday

Published January 21, 2005

After losing Saturday at Iowa, Minnesota's men's basketball team was more reserved than usual. For a few days, there was no longer any talk of a possible NCAA Tournament appearance or even of a top-five...

Gophers persevere 60-56 over Ohio State

Published January 20, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nobody knows quite what to expect from Minnesota's men's basketball team each time it takes the court. Sure, the squad was 10-3 in nonconference play and even won its first two Big Ten...

Gophers look to rectify offensive woes at Ohio State

Published January 19, 2005

Minnesota men's basketball junior Vincent Grier stood in a back hallway of Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday without his typical postgame enthusiasm, shying away from eye contact. "I'm not going...

Gophers squander chances at Iowa

Published January 18, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Minnesota's men's basketball team had a genuine opportunity Saturday. The Gophers could have won their first nonvacated road game over a ranked team since 1985. They could have pushed...

Minnesota focusing on focusing vs. Chicago St.

Published December 15, 2004

Believe it or not, athletes have finals too. And because Minnesota's men's basketball team plays tonight, on the eve of many final exams, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson said he's concerned...

Gophers talking about a top-five Big Ten finish after hanging tough early on

Published December 14, 2004

Just more than a quarter of the way through its season, Minnesota's men's basketball team thinks it's time to raise its expectations. Even though the team has professed to being downright ugly in most...

Gophers wait until late yet again

Published December 13, 2004

It was yet another slow start from a team that knows it can't afford them, but Minnesota's men's basketball team left Williams Arena on Saturday with another comeback win. In a back-and-forth game in which...

Gophers grasping ‘mindset’ as Central Michigan visits

Published December 10, 2004

Mindset: it's on the wrist of every Minnesota men's basketball player. Each letter on the maroon rubber band (similar to the popular "Live Strong" bands) has its own meaning - "M," for Minnesota; "I,"...

Minnesota shucks Cornhuskers 57-48

Published December 9, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team simply would not give up Wednesday night. No matter the 17-2 run the team surrendered to Nebraska in the first half, allowing itself to fall into a 13-point hole. No matter...

Minnesota to play Nebraska on the road

Published December 8, 2004

When Minnesota's men's basketball team takes on Nebraska tonight, it will be the biggest game it'll play for an entire month. With the likes of Central Michigan (6-24 last year) and Chicago State (12-20)...

Gophers waver, but hold on 72-56

Published December 6, 2004

It seemed like a bad dream for Minnesota's men's basketball team Saturday; it couldn't be happening again. Just four days after the team blew a 14-point lead to Florida State and lost 70-69, it looked...

Holy Cross visits leaderless Gophers

Published December 3, 2004

Cars veered all over the Williams Arena parking lot Thursday, facing all different directions and trying to communicate who would lead the way. Minnesota's men's basketball team was departing for practice...

Seminoles steal one at the Barn

Published December 1, 2004

It was going so well for Minnesota's men's basketball team Tuesday night that coach Dan Monson felt comfortable exchanging a chest bump with junior Vincent Grier with just more than eight minutes gone...

Florida State comes to Williams Arena

Published November 30, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team plays Florida State on national television tonight. But it's a big game for different reasons. When the Gophers (2-2) take on the Seminoles (2-3) at 6:30 p.m. today at...

Near-upset of Tide highlights tournament

Published November 29, 2004

Though Minnesota's men's basketball team lost more games than it won over the holiday weekend at the Great Alaska Shootout, the Gophers showed they might be better than previously advertised. Finishing...

Gophers looking at cleaning the glass as key to progress

Published November 24, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team will readily admit it is not going to win a shootout-style game. That is why the Gophers have placed such an emphasis on rebounding early this season. Along with preaching...

Minnesota downs Lipscomb 83-66 to open season

Published November 22, 2004

It wasn't pretty, but Minnesota's men's basketball team put a tally in the right column Sunday. The Gophers (1-0) defeated Lipscomb 83-66 by holding the Bisons (0-1) to just 45.1 percent shooting despite...

Minnesota opens season Sunday vs. Lipscomb

Published November 19, 2004

The building process continues as the regular season commences for Minnesota's men's basketball team Sunday. But the quality competition is still to come. The Gophers open their nonconference schedule...

Freshman Tollackson packs it in for Gophers’ new-look inside game

Published November 18, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team is well aware it can't replace Kris Humphries, so coach Dan Monson said the Gophers' inside play will be a "sum of the parts." But with senior center Jeff Hagen limited...

Women swimmers looking to move up one spot at a time

Published November 16, 2004

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team has gotten off to a strong 2-0 start, and coach Kelly Kremer said the Gophers are planning on more success the rest of the season. "We're looking for a lot...

Gophers molding identities

Published November 16, 2004

After two games, Minnesota's men's basketball team is exactly where it was two games ago - winless, with a record of 0-0. The games were against Division II St. Cloud State and Division III St. Thomas,...

Minnesota beats Huskies 81-58 in final exhibition

Published November 15, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball senior guard Aaron Robinson took only three shots the entire game Friday. But he made them count. Robinson hit three three-pointers in as many minutes early in the second half...

Huskies are final tune-up

Published November 12, 2004

For a group as young as Minnesota's men's basketball team, every game is invaluable to building experience. That's why junior guard/forward Vincent Grier said even exhibitions, such as the one the Gophers...

Coleman turning up the volume as Gophers’ leader

Published November 9, 2004

Minnesota men's basketball redshirt freshman Dan Coleman doesn't say much - it's just not his style. But don't think the 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound forward doesn't care just because he's more reserved than...

Gophers makes quick and easy work of D-III Tommies

Published November 8, 2004

From the very beginning Saturday, Minnesota's men's basketball team played with the defensive energy and offensive spark that was nonexistent for much of last year. Of course, these things become easier...

Gophers open exhibition season Saturday versus Tommies

Published November 5, 2004

Though Minnesota's men's basketball team's Saturday exhibition game against St. Thomas won't count on the official record of either team, Gophers players said it's important to get their season started...

Looking for something to (re)build on

Published November 4, 2004

Just 12 months ago, Minnesota's men's basketball team was celebrating the arrival of Kris Humphries - one of the most talented recruits in program history. The team was starting four upperclassmen around...

Soccer beats SDSU to end season 8-10

Published November 1, 2004

Wrapping up a season that was striking in its absence of goal-scoring, Minnesota's soccer team got a boost from an unexpected source Friday. Senior goalkeeper Marni Prall scored the first goal of her career...

Winning end would give Gophers a kick

Published October 29, 2004

While a win tonight wouldn't get Minnesota's soccer team into the Big Ten Tournament, it would allow them to come back next year on a winning streak. "One positive thing about not making the Big Ten Tournament...

Men’s swimming and diving attempts to exact revenge in Gainesville

Published October 29, 2004

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team heads to Florida to take on the Gators at 7 p.m. tonight in an early-season matchup of two of the nation's top teams. Last year, the Gators narrowly defeated...

Punchless offense short-circuits season

Published October 26, 2004

One play appropriately sums up the entire year for Minnesota's soccer team. Early in their 4-0 loss to Ohio State on Oct. 15, the Gophers had a chance to bring the game within one, and turn the momentum...

As season closes, so do Gophers

Published October 25, 2004

Minnesota's soccer team is doing something now that it has struggled to do all year - finish. The Gophers (7-10-0, 2-8-0 Big Ten) beat North Dakota State 3-1 Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium and...

Women’s golf team finishes 20th out of 23 at Lady Paladin Invitational in S.C.

Published October 25, 2004

Minnesota's women's golf team wrapped up its fall season this weekend, finishing 20th out of 23 teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C. Despite a tied-for-18th-place individual finish...

Women’s golf resumes tune-ups in South Carolina

Published October 22, 2004

Minnesota's women's golf team closes out its fall season this weekend at the Furman Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. But the 34th annual Lady Paladin Invitational, from today to Sunday, will be anything...

Gophers wrap up another trying conference season

Published October 22, 2004

For nearly six years, the road has been anything but pleasant for Minnesota's soccer team. The Gophers (5-10-0, 1-8-0 Big Ten) have not finished at or above .500 on the road since the 2000 season and haven't...

Injury issue compounds depth issue for Gophers

Published October 20, 2004

During warmups before Minnesota's soccer team took on Penn State on Sunday, there were nearly as many Gophers players on the bench as there were on the field. The reason for this apparent lack of participation?...

Gophers see positives in defeat

Published October 18, 2004

While Minnesota's soccer team showed how far it still has to come in Friday night's loss to Ohio State, the team showed the potential coach Mikki Denney Wright has seen all season in a hard-fought loss...

Team welcomes two elites

Published October 15, 2004

The good news: Minnesota's soccer team is on a two-game winning streak and has a chance to win three consecutive matches for the first time since September 2002. The bad news: They're facing back-to-back...

Gophers’ Moench a one-year sparkplug

Published October 12, 2004

You might say that soccer isn't a contact sport. But then you haven't seen Regina Moench play the game. "I love it when the refs just let the game go," Moench said. "When they get whistle-happy, it's just...

Pair of wins breaks pair of streaks

Published October 11, 2004

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Minnesota's soccer team hasn't had a weekend like this in more than four years. The Gophers (5-8-0, 1-6-0 Big Ten) swept two games in a weekend road trip for the first time since October...

Gophers travel to Wisconsin for a pair

Published October 8, 2004

Wins have been scarce for Minnesota's soccer team, but there has certainly been no shortage of positive attitude. Staying true to form, the Gophers said they are excited more than ever to get back on the...

Minnesota will face a talented field at Head of the Rock regatta

Published October 8, 2004

After strong first- and second-place finishes by its top two boats last weekend, Minnesota's rowing team faces a tougher challenge Sunday at the Head of the Rock regatta in Rockford, Ill. "Some of the...

Freshmen are bright spot in Gophers’ ongoing skid

Published October 5, 2004

You'd think it would be tough to stay positive after seven straight losses, but Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright has found a way. It's all about the freshmen, she said. "We're on a four-year...

Gophers wrap up tuneup weekend at 3-1

Published October 4, 2004

After finishing the fall season with a 3-1 record, Minnesota's softball team members said they think there's reason to be optimistic heading into the spring. "This year's team is ahead of last year's at...

Gophers kick off fall season in style with doubleheader romp

Published October 1, 2004

Minnesota's softball team got the fall season started right Thursday, shutting out Wisconsin-Superior in back-to-back games by scores of 9-0 and 7-0. "We had great pitching - what else can you say about...

Gophers bring host of bad streaks into weekend road trip

Published October 1, 2004

After a brief two-game home stint, Minnesota's soccer team is back on the road again, looking to break a few streaks. The Gophers are currently in the midst of a school-record five-match losing streak...

Denney Wright: blast from the past

Published September 30, 2004

Most of her players use just one word to describe Minnesota's first-year soccer coach: intense. Of course, depending on whom you talk to, that might be an understatement. "Extremely intense," junior midfielder...

Gophers stumble in weekend losses

Published September 27, 2004

After its third straight 1-0 loss, Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright said her team has to work on just one thing this week: rest. "We worked on finishing and finishing (offensively) all last week,"...