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Brendan O'Brien, Sports Reporter

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Gophers Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman carries the ball at the 2020 Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  The Gophers went on to take the game 31-24 over the Auburn Tigers.

Bateman goes No. 27 to the Baltimore Ravens in NFL draft

Published April 29, 2021
After a season filled with twists and turns, the Gophers standout saw his NFL dreams come to fruition late Thursday night.
Gophers Defensiveback Benjamin St-Juste leaps for an Auburn pass at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers.

NFL draft Q&A with Daniel House

Published April 28, 2021
As former Gophers Rashod Bateman and Benjamin St-Juste are preparing to hear their names called in the NFL draft, read House’s thoughts on the two prospects.
Episode 38: Gophers volleyball looks to make another NCAA tournament run

Episode 38: Gophers volleyball looks to make another NCAA tournament run

Published April 16, 2021
Description: In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the ebb and flow of the Gophers volleyball team's season, the team's return to the NCAA tournament and what team's the Gophers could face on their side of the bracket.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball back to NCAA championships

Published April 15, 2021
As Minnesota looks to make a run at a national championship, take a look at some of the most interesting news and notes ahead of this season’s tournament.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball earns third seed in NCAA Tournament

Published April 4, 2021
Minnesota’s first match in the 2021 tournament will be the second round against either Lipscomb or Georgia Tech.
Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

Gophers volleyball picks up two wins against Northwestern

Published March 28, 2021
All-American Stephanie Samedy and the Gophers dominated to get back on track in their final road trip of the season.
Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Women’s cross country finds success and optimism in odd season

Published March 26, 2021
Minnesota’s women’s cross country team finished second in the Big Ten and fifth at the NCAA Championships in 2021.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball suffers second loss of season to top-ranked Wisconsin

Published March 22, 2021
Minnesota was short-handed coming into the match and could not overcome the undefeated Badgers.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

‘It’s a weird time’: Gophers volleyball season hindered by pandemic and injuries

Published March 20, 2021
Minnesota saw its fifth postponed match in four weeks come against Wisconsin this week.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Another match postponed for Gophers volleyball

Published March 17, 2021
Minnesota will not play at Wisconsin Thursday, marking its fifth postponed match of the season.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball takes down Illinois in return to play

Published March 15, 2021
The Minnesota volleyball team hasn’t played a match since Feb. 21, but got back on track with a couple of wins against Illinois.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Postponed matches are recent problem for Gopher volleyball

Published March 12, 2021
After playing 10 consecutive matches without any issues, Minnesota has missed the last two weeks of play.
Shea Rubright

Rubright finding time in Gophers volleyball lineup

Published March 4, 2021
After not seeing the court in Minnesota’s first four matches, middle blocker Shea Rubright has continued to contribute to the Gophers’ success.
Bethany Hasz runs in the Jack Johnson Womens Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Amid a season of uncertainty, Bethany Hasz caps a long journey with Big Ten cross country title

Published February 25, 2021
After not knowing if there would be a cross country season this year, Bethany Hasz won the individual Big Ten championship in January, the second to do so in women’s program history.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers’ matches against Michigan postponed

Published February 24, 2021
These matches are the first two to be postponed for Minnesota in the 2021 season.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Samedy, Rollins, Landfair power Gophers volleyball offense

Published February 22, 2021
Minnesota heads to Nebraska 8-0 and the production from its hitters has powered the team’s success.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball swept by Nebraska, suffer first loss of the season

Published February 22, 2021
Minnesota struggled to get in a rhythm early and dropped its first match of the 2021 season.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers start off strong, move to 9-0

Published February 20, 2021
After dominating the opening set, Minnesota beat the fourth-ranked Huskers to remain undefeated.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball outlasts Penn State in five

Published February 15, 2021
Behind Taylor Landfair and Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota completed the series sweep of the Nittany Lions to move to 8-0 in 2021.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Samedy shines, Gophers volleyball beats Penn State to remain undefeated

Published February 14, 2021
All-American Stephanie Samedy finished with 23 kills to help Minnesota move to 7-0 in the 2021 season.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers’ grit shows in wins without McGraw

Published February 11, 2021
After the libero left the match Friday at Purdue, Minnesota continued to show its talent and toughness on the volleyball court.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball fight off Boilermakers, extend winning streak

Published February 6, 2021
After winning twelve consecutive sets to open the season, Minnesota was forced to five sets twice against Purdue over the weekend.
The Gopher celebrate a sweep over Indiana at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Shaffmaster adds depth, promising future to Gophers volleyball

Published February 6, 2021
The freshman setter is making an impact early on for a deep Minnesota team looking to make it back to the Final Four.
Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Published February 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers volleyball team's start to the season, the team's top-ranked recruiting class and what to expect from the team this weekend against Purdue.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball dominant at service line, take down Terps

Published February 1, 2021
Minnesota has won every set played thus far, as the team moved to 4-0 in the second weekend of play.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball take series with Michigan State

Published January 24, 2021
Led by opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota swept the Spartans to open up the season 2-0.
Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

Gophers volleyball sweeps Spartans in season opener

Published January 23, 2021
After a 401-day hiatus, Minnesota took down Michigan State to open up the Big Ten season opener in three sets.
Outside hitter Alexis Hart jumps to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 7, 2019. The Gophers were upset by Oregon, losing 3 sets to 1. 

An unusual spring season awaits Gophers volleyball

Published January 18, 2021
After not playing a fall season, Minnesota and the rest of the Big Ten will begin a conference-only spring season in January.
Gophers linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin follows the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers fall in overtime matchup to Badgers

Published December 19, 2020
In a game of both teams throwing punches, it was Wisconsin who did just enough to secure the win and keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison.
Thomas Barber and Coney Durr tackle Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10.

Gophers’ finale highlights 2020 oddity more than closure

Published December 11, 2020
Minnesota has been faced with several challenges it never saw before during this shortened football season.
The Gopher and Wolverine lines clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Canceled Gophers games loom large as championship week approaches

Published December 2, 2020
Minnesota was not in contention for the Big Ten championship game, but the cancellation against Wisconsin significantly changed the outlook for the championship.
Thomas Barber and Coney Durr tackle Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10.

Gophers football canceled against Northwestern

Published November 30, 2020
Minnesota will not play in two consecutive weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases, but still hopes to play in the final week of the season at Nebraska.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13. The Gophers fell to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 35-7.

Gophers survive against Purdue after questionable penalty

Published November 20, 2020
Minnesota almost blew an 11-point lead but were saved by an offensive pass interference penalty followed by an interception.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Penalties, ‘inconsistency’ quickly halts Gophers

Published November 13, 2020
Minnesota falls to 0-4 against Iowa under Fleck.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers notch first win behind Ibrahim’s second straight 4 TD game

Published November 7, 2020
The Gophers have finally earned a win, playing much improved defense and balanced offense in a 41-14 route of Illinois.
Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Published November 5, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers early season defensive woes, special team's struggles and how the team can get back on track Saturday against Illinois.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers look to improve execution against Maryland

Published October 30, 2020
After struggling in its first game of the season against Michigan, the Gophers are looking to execute better on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.
Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Published October 30, 2020
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers first game of the season against Maryland, the team's defensive struggles and what to expect this weekend against Maryland.
A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Gophers’ defensive back Sapp decides to transfer

Published October 29, 2020
The junior cornerback has already gained interest from Northern Iowa and UNC-Charlotte.
Gophers head coach PJ Fleck walks the sidelines at TCF Bank stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Miscues, defensive inexperience costs Gophers in opener

Published October 24, 2020
In a game to claim the Little Brown Jug, Minnesota failed to stop Michigan’s rushing attack from start to finish.
Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Published October 22, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Michigan, the Gophers' football team's first opponent of the 2020 season. Michigan will try to keep the Little Brown Jug when it travels to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. 
Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Published October 16, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the upcoming Gophers football season and the team's current position in the AP rankings.
Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Published October 8, 2020
In this episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Rashod Bateman's return and what both the Gophers offense and defense might look like in the upcoming season.
Gophers football players sit on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015.

Some Gopher football players remain undecided about 2020 return

Published October 7, 2020
Head coach P.J. Fleck has not said who is still contemplating whether to return to the team.
Gophers Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman carries the ball at the 2020 Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  The Gophers went on to take the game 31-24 over the Auburn Tigers.

Bateman able to return to Gophers in 2020

Published September 30, 2020
Gophers star receiver Rashod Bateman’s eligibility was restored by the NCAA after his initial opt out of the 2020 season.
Former UMN student-athlete carving out path in sport apparel

Former UMN student-athlete carving out path in sport apparel

Published September 25, 2020
Sarah Klecker, who competed in cross country and track and field at the U, has designed apparel for wheelchair racing and even running in the frozen tundra.
Evan Yoder prepares to enter the water to compete against the University of Florida at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Friday, Oct. 11.

After long hiatus, Gophers’ swim and dive is back in the pool

Published September 23, 2020
While the status of meets is still unknown, the Gophers’ swimming and diving teams are back in the pool and preparing for their next opportunity.
Fourth-year Jackson Allen returns the ball on Friday, March 22, 2020 at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Cuts leave tennis players frustrated, disappointed with athletics department

Published September 14, 2020
Men’s tennis was one of three sports proposed for cuts alongside men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s gymnastics.
Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl launches a pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers thankful to play summer baseball

Published September 9, 2020
In total, 27 players competed in developmental or local leagues.
Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl launches a pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers thankful to play summer baseball

Published September 8, 2020

As spring turned to summer, the pessimism about playing summer baseball continued to grow for Gophers baseball players. For collegiate players, the inability to play would be quite the disappointment....

Redshirt Junior Owen Hoeft approaches an intersection with his teammates at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sep. 6, 2019. Both Mens and Womens teams earned first place in the meet. 

Canceled season brings challenges, opportunities for cross country

Published September 7, 2020

How Minnesota coaches and runners felt after hearing the 2020 cross country season was canceled can be summed by one simple phrase: disappointed but understanding. "It was a disappointment," men's head...

Gopher womens cross country prepares to run the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2019.

Women’s cross country has high hopes for 2020 fall season

Published May 5, 2020

The status of fall collegiate sports is still up in the air, but the Minnesota women's cross country team is poised for a successful 2020 season, if it is to take place. Last season, the Gophers finished...

The Gophers begin their race at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Both Mens and Womens teams earned first place in the meet. 

For Hopkins, the pandemic presents an unusual, challenging time to be a coach

Published May 5, 2020

For Sarah Hopkins, Gophers women's cross country head coach, the last few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic have been like running a marathon without knowing when the finish line will be. "Marathons are...

Forward Destiny Pitts looks to pass the ball through a defender at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Former Gopher Destiny Pitts chooses Texas A&M

Published May 3, 2020

Former Gophers' women's basketball guard Destiny Pitts announced Saturday that she will be transferring to Texas A&M. The decision comes almost four months after Pitts entered the transfer portal after...

Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher womens basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Gophers have roster depth, flexibility heading into 2020-21

Published April 30, 2020

Over a month has passed since the end of the women's basketball season, but the Gophers' roster for 2020-21 is already forming into shape. Depth became somewhat of an issue for Minnesota toward the end...

Gophers Pitcher Bubba Horton throws a pitch at U.S Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Summer plans in limbo for Gophers baseball players

Published April 27, 2020

Baseball is one of the quintessential activities of every summer. Without the freshly cut grass, the 3-2 counts and the crack of the bat, it would not feel like summer. But with the cancellation of the...

Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher womens basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Gophers women’s basketball adds JUCO transfer for 2020-21

Published April 20, 2020

The Gopher women's basketball team continues its busy offseason of roster additions, signing Daja Woodard as a junior college transfer. Woodard will be joining the Gophers after playing two seasons at...

Outfielder Otto Grimm rounds third base during the Gophers 7-6 win against Texas Christian University at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23.

After overcoming injuries, Gophers’ outfielder Grimm faced with another obstacle in COVID-19

Published April 17, 2020

Otto Grimm's time with the Gophers baseball team has been an uphill battle. Growing up in Bemidji, Minnesota, Grimm dreamed of taking the field for the Gophers. While he had a local option to play college...

Courtesy of Kelly Hagenson/University of Minnesota Athletics.

Joshua Culliver rehabbing arm after shortened season

Published April 16, 2020

The Gopher baseball season ended abruptly about a month ago, but the season was over earlier for junior pitcher Joshua Culliver. In February, head coach John Anderson announced Culliver's season ended...

University continuing sale of fall season tickets

Published April 8, 2020

With questions circling regarding the status of fall collegiate sports, the university athletics ticket office is continuing the sale and renewal of season tickets. Like many businesses, the ticket office...

Head coach Lindsay Whalen reacts to a scored point at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Gophers add another transfer to women’s basketball roster

Published April 6, 2020

Despite the current conditions, the Gophers women's basketball team has been busy this offseason, adding another transfer to their roster. Forward Kayla Mershon announced her decision on Instagram to leave...

Coach Lindsay Whalen prepares to blow the whistle during Gopher womens basketballs annual exhibition versus the mens scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Williams Arena.

Gophers women’s basketball face new challenges with pandemic

Published April 6, 2020

While many winter and spring sports teams across the country saw their seasons end abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gophers women's basketball season ended differently than other teams. In fact,...

Pitcher J.P. Massey pitches the ball during the Gophers 7-6 win against Texas Christian University at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Gophers pitcher Massey continues to make strides

Published April 4, 2020

Every student-athlete has their own reasoning for choosing a certain university. For Gophers pitcher J.P. Massey, it wasn't just the product on-field that attracted him but the culture it provided.  The...

5Sophomore Max Meyer pitches the ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Siebert Field. The Gophers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th inning. 

Gophers’ pitching staff was turning a corner before canceled season

Published March 27, 2020

In the early goings of the 2020 season, head coach John Anderson had high praise for the Gophers' pitching staff, calling it potentially the deepest staff from top to bottom he has had at Minnesota. That's...

Head coach Lindsay Whalen reacts to a scored point at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Gophers add depth to 2020-21 roster with grad transfer

Published March 24, 2020

With the 2019-20 season over and four seniors departing from Minnesota, the Gophers women's basketball team added some depth to next season's roster. The Gophers and head coach Lindsay Whalen announced...

Jordan Kozicky eyes the ball during the game against Illinois on Sunday, April 14 at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The Gophers lost 3-13.

Senior Jordan Kozicky finds perspective during the unknown

Published March 19, 2020

Like many this past week, redshirt senior Jordan Kozicky saw part of his life turn upside down. When he and his Gophers baseball teammates were heading out to the bus to leave for a road series at Air...

Gophers Infielder Zack Raabe makes a catch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Gophers sweep Creighton in two-game series

Published March 12, 2020

After losing six of their last seven games, the Minnesota baseball team picked up two wins to get back on track, sweeping Creighton in a mid-week series. Tuesday - Minnesota 5, Creighton 3 What started...

Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl scans the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3.

Minnesota drops baseball series against Utah

Published March 10, 2020

The Gopher baseball team dropped a home series against Utah over the weekend, losing the final two games against the Utes after winning off a strong pitching performance Friday night. Friday — Minnesota...

Guard Jasmine Brunson passes the ball through defenders at Williams Arena on Sunday, March 1. The Gophers fell to Maryland 99-44.

Gopher women’s basketball team falls in second round of Big Ten Tournament

Published March 10, 2020

The Minnesota women's basketball team failed to last more than two rounds in the Big Ten Tournament, suffering a 21-point loss to Ohio State on Thursday. The loss comes after the Gophers played well and...

Sophomore Sam Thoresen pitches during the game North Dakota State University on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers host trio of ACC opponents in Cambria College Classic

Published March 4, 2020

The Gophers hosted the Cambria College Classic over the weekend, a six-team, three-day round robin tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium. In addition to Minnesota, participants featured Iowa and Purdue from...

Guard Jasmine Brunson passes the ball through defenders at Williams Arena on Sunday, March 1. The Gophers fell to Maryland 99-44.

Minnesota blown out by No. 7 Maryland on Senior Day

Published March 2, 2020

The Minnesota women's basketball team fell flat in its final game of the regular season, losing 99-44 to No. 7 Maryland. Sunday's game featured two teams heading in opposite directions to close out the...

Gophers can’t keep up, fall to #18 Hawkeyes

Published February 28, 2020

After what seemed impossible at the end of the third quarter, the Minnesota women's basketball team almost pulled off the upset Thursday night but fell 90-82 to #18 Iowa. Iowa led by as much as 15 late...

Forward Taiye Bello secures a rebound near the end of the fourth quarter during the Gophers 75-69 loss to Indiana at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Minnesota sees tournament chances fade

Published February 27, 2020

At the beginning of this season, head coach Lindsay Whalen and several Minnesota players said it was their goal to play in the NCAA Tournament. Despite losing the season opener to Missouri State, it seemed...

Gophers and Cambria College Classic

Published February 27, 2020

Wednesday - Minnesota 4, South Dakota St. 2 In a warm-up before the Cambria College Classic, the Gophers secured a 4-2 win over South Dakota State Wednesday. After a weekend in which Minnesota's pitching...

Max Meyer watches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers face Twins, lose series to TCU

Published February 26, 2020

Minnesota could not find many hits or score runs against the Minnesota Twins and the TCU Horned Frogs, resulting in three losses in four games over the weekend.  Friday - Gophers 0, Twins 16 The Gophers...

Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the basket in the second quarter of the Gophers 75-69 loss to Indiana 75-69 at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Gophers fail to upset Indiana, hurting tourney hopes

Published February 24, 2020

In a back-and-forth battle at the Barn Saturday night, the Minnesota women's basketball team could not piece together an upset and lost 75-69 to No. 24 Indiana. Coming out of the second half, Indiana grabbed...

5Sophomore Max Meyer pitches the ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Siebert Field. The Gophers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th inning. 

Minnesota baseball opens up season in Arizona

Published February 18, 2020

While the Twin Cities are still in the clutches of winter weather, Minnesota's baseball team traveled south over the weekend where they found green grass, blue skies and brown infield dirt to begin the...

Gopher forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

Cold shooting stifles Minnesota against Michigan State

Published February 18, 2020

It started to warm up outside in the Twin Cities, but the Minnesota women's basketball team went cold offensively, falling 66-54 to Michigan State. Both teams came out of the gate struggling to find points...

Head coach Lindsay Whalen reacts to a scored point at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Gophers drop second straight to Buckeyes

Published February 14, 2020

The Minnesota women's basketball team lost its second game this week, falling 99-76 at Ohio State Thursday night. Despite the loss, the Gophers left the game with a few positive takeaways. One was redshirt...

Gopher forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

After Brunson injury, Gophers look to Powell to fill hole in starting lineup

Published February 13, 2020

After scoring 14 points in 36 minutes in Minnesota's season-opening loss to Missouri State in early November, senior guard Jasmine Brunson was asked about her willingness to play significant minutes for...

Gopher forward Taiye Bello squares up for a basket in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

Gophers suffer blowout loss to Michigan

Published February 12, 2020

On a night where they could not find an offensive rhythm, the Minnesota women's basketball team fell 77-52 to Michigan in a lopsided game Monday night. Coming into the game, both Minnesota and Michigan...

Guard Jasmine Powell dribbles the ball through defenders at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Women’s basketball gets revenge, beats Wisconsin 73-64 in rematch

Published February 7, 2020

After losing to their border rival earlier this season, the Gopher women's basketball team got their revenge against Wisconsin, beating the Badgers 73-64 Thursday night. Coming off of Big Ten Co-Freshman...

Guard Gadiva Hubbard squares up on defense at Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Gophers won in overtime 73-71.

Gophers’ Hubbard closing in on 1,000 career points

Published February 6, 2020

When asked how it felt to be close to reaching 1,000 career points, redshirt junior guard Gadiva Hubbard did not give an immediate answer. In fact, before answering, a surprised look fell upon her face.  “I...

Guard Jasmine Brunson brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Gophers won in overtime 73-71. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers outlast Rutgers in double overtime battle

Published February 3, 2020

In a wild, double-overtime battle, the Minnesota women's basketball team beat Rutgers 73-71 at Williams Arena Sunday afternoon.  One of the determining factors in the Gophers' win was their clutch...

Guard Jasmine Powell brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62.

Strong second half powers Gophers to 67-61 win over Nebraska

Published January 31, 2020

The Minnesota women's basketball team won its first home game in the Big Ten this season, beating Nebraska 67-61 Thursday night. Led by the play of guards Jasmine Brunson and Jasmine Powell, Minnesota...

Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62.

Gophers optimistic in second matchup against Nebraska

Published January 30, 2020

Thursday night's matchup against Nebraska could be a turning point in the season for the Minnesota women's basketball team. At least that's what redshirt junior guard Gadiva Hubbard said to the team after...

Guard Jasmine Brunson dribbles the ball through defenders in Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Minnesota loses road matchup 65-52 against No. 20 Indiana

Published January 28, 2020

The Minnesota women's basketball team lost 65-52 to No. 20 Indiana Monday night, a game that marked the midway point of their Big Ten schedule. In the two years Lindsay Whalen has been the head coach for...

Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62.

Off frustrating loss, Gophers are looking to turn the page

Published January 27, 2020

Heading into the 2019-20 women's basketball season, head coach Lindsay Whalen and the rest of the Minnesota Gophers had higher hopes and expectations for the Big Ten portion of the schedule. Minnesota...

Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62.

Minnesota falls in border battle to rival Wisconsin

Published January 24, 2020

Last Sunday, the Minnesota women's basketball team went on an 11-0 run in the third quarter to separate themselves from Purdue in a 72-59 win. It it was a different story against a different opponent for...

Guard Gadiva Hubbard reaches to grab the ball during the game against Arizona State at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. The Gophers defeated the Sun Devils 80-66.

Gophers gaining confidence after ending recent losing streak

Published January 23, 2020

Thus far, the month of January not been easy for the Minnesota women's basketball team. After starting out the season with an 11-1 record, the Gophers' offense began to sputter and they proceeded to lose...

Guard Sara Scalia fights for the ball at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Gophers end five-game losing streak with win at Purdue

Published January 20, 2020

After struggling to find a win in the Big Ten, the Minnesota women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead to beat Purdue 72-59. Freshman guard Sara Scalia led all scorers with 18 points and added...

Coach Lindsay Whalen questions the referees call during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gophers can’t hold lead, suffer devastating loss to Iowa

Published January 17, 2020

After losing its scoring leader hours before tipoff Thursday, the Minnesota women's basketball team held a 15-point lead over Iowa only to let it slip away as the Gophers lost 76-75 at Williams Arena. Many...

Forward Destiny Pitts fights for the ball at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Gophers star Destiny Pitts enters transfer portal

Published January 17, 2020

Hours before the Minnesota women's basketball team played Iowa at Williams Arena on Thursday Jan. 16, junior forward Destiny Pitts announced her intentions to leave the team and enter the transfer portal. In...

Guard Jasmine Brunson dribbles the ball through defenders in Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Minnesota loses on last-second shot to Northwestern

Published January 11, 2020

Despite coming back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the game, the Minnesota women's basketball team was unable to complete its comeback, losing 56-54 to Northwestern Thursday night. With...

Guard Jasmine Powell looks to drive towards the hoop in Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Minnesota women’s basketball falls to Nebraska for second straight loss

Published January 6, 2020

After an 11-1 start to the 2019-20 women's basketball season, the Minnesota Gophers dropped their second consecutive game in Big Ten play, losing 72-58 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday night. Minnesota...

Minnesota women’s basketball starts strong, holds off Penn State

Published December 29, 2019

In a game of two different halves, the Minnesota women's basketball team held off Penn State 81-74  to win their 11th consecutive game in the Gophers' first Big Ten game of the season. The Gophers...

Gophers Women’s Basketball using turnover battle to their advantage

Published December 11, 2019

Back in the first week of November, the Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team suffered a tough eight-point loss to Missouri State to open the 2019-20 season. The Gophers struggled to score points early...

Guard Jasmine Powell looks to drive towards the hoop in Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Gophers women’s basketball cruises to victory against George Washington

Published December 11, 2019

Three-point shooting from freshman guard Sara Scalia and junior forward Destiny Pitts led the Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team to a dominant 83-50 victory over George Washington on Tuesday in...

Forward Taiye Bello attempts a layup amidst defenders at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers went on to defeat Montana State 71-60.

Gophers win back-and-forth game against American

Published December 9, 2019

The Gophers women's basketball team extended their winning streak on Sunday as they beat American 70-53 in a back-and-forth contest in Washington, D.C.  Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen said it felt...