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Revamped defense should make Music City interesting

December 15, 2004

Rolling into Nashville, Tenn., with a new defensive coordinator and a few position changes, Minnesota's football team will look very different defensively for the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl than it did during...

Hudson departs Gophers for good

December 13, 2004

Minnesota strong safety Justin Fraley didn't even get to say goodbye to his defensive coordinator Friday, finding Greg Hudson's office cleared. Hudson left the team Friday to interview for an assistant...

Grier’s transition keys team’s second half

December 13, 2004

Minnesota's basketball team now officially has a "one-man fast break." In the midst of Minnesota's late 18-0 run Saturday against Central Michigan, Gophers junior guard Vincent Grier made two high-flying...

Minnesota’s opponent just happy to be back in the postseason

December 8, 2004

Alabama football offensive tackle Wesley Britt's body has taken a beating this season - the 6-foot-8-inch, 300-pound senior played with the pain of a serious foot injury in Alabama's final two games against...

Georgia Invite no problem for Minnesota

December 6, 2004

Like the entire Florida State men's swimming and diving team, Minnesota junior swimmer Adam Mitchell was shaved and tapered for the Georgia Invitational. Mitchell, who said he was hoping for NCAA bids...

‘Bama named Music City foe

December 6, 2004

Alabama athletics director Mal Moore accepted the Music City Bowl's invitation Saturday, setting up a New Year's Eve matchup in Nashville, Tenn., with Minnesota's football team. Moore and Alabama (6-5)...

Gophers return to Georgia Invitational with Bulldogs, Florida State waiting

December 3, 2004

Minnesota men's swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale said Florida State has shaved and tapered early in preparation to swim against the Gophers and the rest of the field at the Georgia Invitational in...

Student by day, janitor by night, traveler in life

December 3, 2004

Smoking a cigarette and leaning over a thick math book, University janitor and student Johannse Eshete is fully at home in the Purple Onion Cafe in Dinkytown, where he's become a familiar fixture. When...

Peach Bowl sets table for Minnesota-Alabama showdown

December 1, 2004

It looks very likely that Minnesota's football team will play Alabama in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 in Nashville, Tenn. The Peach Bowl committee voted Tuesday to take Florida over Alabama, assuming...

Music City to welcome Gophers

November 29, 2004

While flying back from Anchorage, Alaska, late Saturday night, a pilot told Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi that Hawaii's football team had upset Northwestern, 49-41. Sunday morning, a few hours...

Gophers’ bowl fate hinges on Wildcats

November 23, 2004

Ken Hoffman and the Motor City Bowl officials will be watching Northwestern's game Saturday in Hawaii very carefully. Hoffman, the executive director of the Motor City Bowl, said that if Northwestern wins,...

Gophers men roll on at Minnesota Invite

November 22, 2004

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team nearly doubled its nearest competition after the first day of the Minnesota Invitational. But coach Dennis Dale wasn't satisfied, he said. "Our relays were subpar,"...

Gophers play host to Minnesota Invitational today through Sunday at Aquatic Center

November 19, 2004

Senior Minnesota women's swimmer Katy Coombe thought about it for a few seconds and then concluded. "I think we'll surprise ourselves," Coombe predicted of her 200-yard freestyle relay team's debut. "But...

Minnesota’s bowl game in others’ hands

November 16, 2004

Attention Minnesota football fans planning on traveling to a bowl game: How does Las Vegas sound? Or maybe California? The Gophers (6-5, 3-5 Big Ten) are facing the distinct possibility they will be last...

A fitting conclusion to a calamity

November 15, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason stoically strolled to his traditional postgame meeting Saturday with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at midfield. Defeated and stunned after a 29-27 loss to No. 19 Iowa in front...

Gophers welcome Iowa for Big Ten finale

November 12, 2004

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't pull any punches when discussing the current state of his offense. His descriptions vary from, "We are hardly a well-oiled machine right now," to "We can't find...

Barber and Maroney take backseats during recent skid

November 11, 2004

Along with the rest of Minnesota's football team, the last five weeks have been especially hard on Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III. After being hailed as one of the - if not the - best running back...

Another week of self-doubt surfaces for Gophers after drubbing by Badgers

November 9, 2004

It showed on the face of every Minnesota football player who was dragged into Wisconsin's media room Saturday after a humiliating 38-14 loss: Another week of soul-searching was ahead, and the Gophers were...

Barberoney might not set record after all

November 8, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - After their worst rushing game of the season, the Gophers' nationally seventh-ranked ground attack is in jeopardy of not reaching an expected and unprecedented mark this season. Marion...

Stocco’s passing haunts Gophers defense

November 8, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - Minnesota free safety John Pawielski shoved Wisconsin's Anthony Davis out of bounds midway through the second quarter Saturday for his 10th tackle of the game. "It's not a good thing when...

More than Axe at stake in Madison

November 5, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason started rolling on one of his customary analogies Wednesday night. "When you talk to your stock broker and get a 25 percent return from your portfolio, you're not really...

Minnesota’s search for identity will commence Saturday in Madison

November 4, 2004

There was something wrong with Darrell Reid during Minnesota's football practice Tuesday. First, he wasn't feeling very well. But more interestingly, he didn't talk much. Gophers players and coaches have...

Gophers must now deal with decimated hopes and dreams

November 2, 2004

Minnesota's football team will spend the next week of practice trying to figure out what happened in the latest dip of a rollercoaster season. The Gophers (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) coaches and players seemed...

NCAA record could fall at Indiana

October 29, 2004

A week after a rejuvenating 45-0 win over Illinois, Minnesota's football team finds itself back in its comfort zone: beating up on teams it should and setting impressive offensive records along the way. In...

Low-key Ukee: a quietly confident leader on defense

October 28, 2004

Ukee Dozier and Darrell Reid are senior leaders on the Gophers defense. Their similarities pretty much stop there. Dozier's approach to his leadership role doesn't have Reid's pizzazz or verbosity. But...

Gophers on the road to recovery

October 26, 2004

If you're familiar with a Minnesota goodbye, you'd know Gophers football coach Glen Mason is in a better mood than he has been the last two weekends. But even while joking Sunday with reporters in the...

Absence of Fraley, Banks not a problem for secondary

October 25, 2004

Minnesota's football team's 45-0 blanking of Illinois is even more impressive knowing that its defense was as beat up as it has been all season. The Gophers gave up only 231 total yards and did so without...

Preparation equals separation for defense

October 25, 2004

First, it was a players-only meeting Sunday. Then, they gathered at the Woodbury, Minn., home of defensive coordinator Greg Hudson. The Gophers' defense, after a week of searching, evaluating and re-evaluating,...

Illinois comes to town for homecoming

October 22, 2004

Looking at Illinois' football team on film this week, one thing stood out for Gophers defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery. "Their running backs really run hard," he said. "It looks like they don't usually...

Demotion of Illinois QB adds variable to Saturday’s game

October 20, 2004

Minnesota's defensive linemen won't have a quarterback's picture to hang over their lockers this week. Illinois coach Ron Turner announced Monday that he will change his quarterback against Minnesota on...

Deja boo: Spartans ruin Gophers

October 18, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Minnesota's football team should petition the Big Ten for an automatic bye week following every Michigan game. For the second-straight year, the Gophers have seen their Rose Bowl...

Ellerson fights to define role in Gophers’ attack

October 14, 2004

M innesota football coach Glen Mason called out receiver Jared Ellerson on Tuesday - sort of. "I'm disappointed with the production we are getting out of Jared Ellerson, and that's not a reflection of...

Tackles for loss, static running game threaten Minnesota offense

October 12, 2004

A turning point came with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter in Saturday's Minnesota football game at Michigan. Three Wolverines defenders easily blitzed through the Gophers' line and buried Laurence...

Henne wins young QB duel

October 11, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - As time was running out in the first half, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne was confusedly communicating with his coaches. As time was running out in the second half, the freshman was...

Behind Hart, Wolverines outgain Gophers on ground

October 11, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said he was worried his fullback was being too cocky. Wolverines senior Kevin Dudley told Carr on Friday night that all the talk about Minnesota's Laurence...

Big House blocks road to the Rose

October 8, 2004

Picture this - you're walking through a tunnel, and as you emerge, you find yourself in the middle of a sea of hostile, screaming, maize-and-blue-clad fans numbering approximately 110,000. Welcome to the...

Mason downplays revenge factor vs. Wolverines

October 6, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said his team isn't going into Michigan Stadium afraid and definitely not angry. It would be only natural to have sore feelings after Michigan's 21-point fourth quarter...

U athletes to stop use of popular drug Vioxx

October 4, 2004

Minnesota volleyball player Paula Gentil received a phone call Friday from the team trainer, Shelly Kinney. "She told me if I had any Vioxx on my shelf to throw it away," Gentil said. "I didn't know what...

Easy part’s over for Gophers

October 4, 2004

It wasn't the exclamation point Minnesota's football team wanted to make before entering the Big House. Instead, the No. 18 Gophers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) pulled out a closer-than-expected 16-7 win over Penn...

For Valentine, touches equal touchdowns

September 30, 2004

After Minnesota's 43-17 win over Northwestern on Saturday, running back Laurence Maroney said Big Ten defenses should be scratching their heads. "They'll say 'Oh, they're winning and (Marion) Barber (III)...

Turnover margin is no longer marginal for Minnesota offense and defense

September 29, 2004

Minnesota coach Glen Mason likes to knock on wood. He did it a couple times Tuesday in front of reporters at his weekly press conference. "I am a little superstitious," Mason said before he began talking...

Mason sees defense sharpen quickly

September 27, 2004

Minnesota kicker/punter Rhys Lloyd, running to his right in soccer-style form, spiked an awkward 29-yard punt to Northwestern's 44-yard line after the Gophers' first offensive possession Saturday. Exploiting...

Special teams unit has a day to forget versus Wildcats

September 27, 2004

It started with a Northwestern 97-yard kickoff touchdown return. It continued with two blocked Gophers extra points. No Big Ten special teams honors will be awarded to Minnesota's football team this week. "I...

Gophers play Wildcats in Big Ten opener

September 23, 2004

On Oct. 4, Northwestern's offense owned Minnesota's football team's defense for a quarter. After the first 15 minutes of the Gophers' 42-17 romp over the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern had a...

Minnesota looks to Big Ten season after positive nonconference finale

September 21, 2004

Minnesota football cornerback Ukee Dozier emerged from the visitor locker room at Hughes Stadium on Saturday with the same business-as-usual look he wore the Saturday before, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. But...

Rams can’t break Gophers’ stride

September 20, 2004

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State knew exactly what Minnesota's football team was going to do long before the team arrived at mountain-embedded Hughes Stadium. But the Rams (0-3), who join a quickly...

Sims: playing through great expectations

September 16, 2004

Sometimes after a full day of football practice and classes, watching film on opposing teams and working on his premedical homework, Dominique Sims goes for a walk. "He'll go by himself or sometimes I'll...

Steady O-line not ‘fine-tuned’

September 13, 2004

Minnesota's offensive line, which dominated Toledo Sept. 4, struggled against Illinois State on Saturday. Coach Glen Mason said Sunday that the offensive line put forth a lot of effort but wasn't sharp. "Those...

High hopes persist

September 13, 2004

Minnesota's 22nd-ranked football team has shown both sides of its coin in the young 2004 season. On one side, the Gophers dominated a supposedly tough Toledo team, gaining more than 700 yards of offense...

First-team defense struggles throughout

September 13, 2004

After Minnesota's second-string defense gave up 14 points in the fourth quarter of its 63-21 win over Toledo, Gophers coaches were critical last week of their back up defenders. With heavy underdog Division...

Pair of Redbirds return to face former teammates

September 10, 2004

Illinois State running back and former Minnesota tailback Demetrus Johnson has been a recluse this week. "I've been receiving phone calls ever since we got on (Minnesota's) schedule," he said. "This week,...

Gophers try to stay on their toes

September 8, 2004

It appears Minnesota's football team impressed even itself Saturday against Toledo. The Gophers scored on nine of their 10 drives and racked up 704 yards - the second-highest single-game total in school...

Gophers torpedo Toledo

September 7, 2004

On Sept. 19, 1904, Minnesota's football team scored 107 points against Twin Cities Central High School in its highest scoring home opener ever. The currently 25th-ranked Gophers fell short of that school...

Cupito ready to make his mark on Minnesota’s offense

August 18, 2004

Gophers football coach Glen Mason said the biggest question mark on Minnesota's highly regarded football team is at quarterback. Bryan Cupito, a 6-foot-1-inch redshirt sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio,...

Gophers to start practicing with optimism

August 11, 2004

Minnesota football players will lumber onto the Bierman Fields today for their first practice of the 2004 season. After finishing last season with 10 wins - their most since 1905 - defensive end Darrell...

Gopher Sports Hall of Fame to induct Saunders, thirteen others

August 4, 2004

Flip Saunders was told he would fail. He said on Tuesday at the Carlson School of Management's First Tuesday luncheon that as the team's point guard from 1974-77, Minneapolis sports writers predicted he...

Former Gopher Eller will enter the hall

August 4, 2004

Only half of Carl Eller's 6-foot-5-inch 245-pound frame is visible in a 1963 photo-graph captioned "Big Carl Eller." Posed bending forward in a football stance, one cannot fully appreciate Eller's size...

Lynx hope winning streak, record crowd for Whalen boost attendance levels

July 21, 2004

When hometown hero Lindsay Whalen and the Connecticut Sun came to town last week, the Minnesota Lynx drew 16,227 fans into the Target Center. The franchise-record crowd was 10,000 fans more than Minnesota's...

Former club rower Wherley anchors Olympic team with years of experience

July 21, 2004

Growing up in Sun Prairie, Wis., as one of eight children, former Minnesota rower Mike Wherley never traveled much farther than Illinois. But now, as an experienced member of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team,...

Lynx, hometown hero draw record crowd

July 14, 2004

Minnesota Lynx point guard Helen Darling didn't know who the 16,227 Target Center fans were cheering for Wednesday afternoon. "It was just loud," she said. "The kids were screaming, I don't know who they...

The girl is back in town

July 14, 2004

Readers of the Twin Cities' City Pages recently chose Lindsay Whalen as the 2004 "Best Local Girl Made Good." More than 14,000 fans will file into Target Center today to see just how "good" she has made. The...

Stearns sets record; vaults toward Olympic Trials

June 30, 2004

Four years ago when she walked-on Minnesota's track and field team as a pole vaulter, Monica Stearns never imagined jumping over a 12-foot bar. But this past weekend, she cleared a 14-foot-1.25-inch bar...

Steele, Busse honored

June 23, 2004

Adam Steele and Cassie Busse were both awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor this past weekend for their accomplishments in athletics and academics. Steele was a member of Minnesota's runner-up 4X400-meter...

Roche runs Grandma’s, qualifies for Boston

June 23, 2004

Melissa Roche went to bed early Friday night before competing in the 2004 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Roche, an All-American member of Minnesota's rowing team, went into the race only weeks after...

NBA, NHL to draft former, future Gophers

June 23, 2004

Unlike a year ago, the 2004 National Basketball Association draft doesn't have a player being praised as the "next Michael Jordan." But it does have a bunch of teenagers who think they are. There are 31...

Ballard signs with Coyotes

June 16, 2004

Minnesota hockey player Keith Ballard decided to forgo his senior season with the Gophers and signed a three-year contract with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes on June 8. Ballard won two NCAA...

Mitchell splashes into 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials

June 16, 2004

Adam Mitchell bent his body toward the water in lane four of the University Aquatic Center on Friday night, awaiting the first step in his journey toward the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Two minutes...

Gophers’ season ends in regionals

June 7, 2004

After winning the regular season Big Ten title and the conference tournament for the first time, Minnesota's baseball team arrived in Southern California with an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. But...

Perkins recieves second All-America honors

June 7, 2004

Minnesota baseball sophomore Glen Perkins was named to the Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American on Friday for the second-consecutive time. The Gophers' lefthander from Stillwater, Minn., is the...

Gophers’ infielders produce runs, grabs

June 1, 2004

Gophers first baseman Andy Hunter smashed Trey Fausnaugh's first pitch 377 feet over the right field fence to give the Gophers a comfortable 6-0 sixth-inning lead over Ohio State on Sunday. While dominant...

Hockey, basketball name top assistants

June 1, 2004

Coming off seasons that set new standards in Minnesota women's athletics, the Gophers' women's hockey and basketball programs announced their top assistants this week. Women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson...

Gophers beat Buckeyes to win Big Ten Tournament

June 1, 2004

Water finally drenched Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson on Siebert Field. The Gophers beat Ohio State 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Siebert Field to win the Big Ten Tournament, marking the first time they...

Gophers finish eighth in Central/South Sprints

May 24, 2004

Wendy Davis and Minnesota's rowing team take pride in the progress the team has made in its four years of existence. "We are now beating long-established programs," Davis said. "We have come a long way...

Gophers sign new assistant coach

May 24, 2004

Assistant coach Jim Molinari finished his first day in the Minnesota's men's basketball team office on Tuesday. "I am just trying to be a human sponge and take in as much as I can right now," Molinari...

Minnesota finishes second at Big Tens, looks forward to NCAA Midwest Regional

May 24, 2004

After a close second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, much of Minnesota's men's track team will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships next weekend in College Station, Texas. The...

Gophers pounced on by Tigers in NCAA Tournament

May 24, 2004

It was one and done for the Minnesota men's tennis team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Durham, N.C., last weekend. The 37th-ranked Gophers were beaten 4-0 by the 33rd-ranked Clemson, South...

Estes’ second chance is golden

May 6, 2004

Clay Estes watched Andy Roddick win the 2003 U.S. Open last September with friends and teammates on Minnesota's men's tennis team. During the match he muttered, "I beat him." Estes, who was ranked one...

Buckeyes again get the best of the Gophers

May 3, 2004

There was no doubt that Ohio State would have a lot to say in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday. But the Buckeyes made a louder-than-expected statement by beating Minnesota's men's tennis team...

Gophers prep for Big Tens

April 30, 2004

Besides the weather, Avery Ticer likes where the Minnesota men's tennis team is standing going into its quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Indiana this afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. "It's supposed...

Gophers bow out of Big Ten tourney

April 30, 2004

Minnesota's women's tennis team is going back to the drawing board, but not in complete dismay. The Gophers (3-19, 1-9 Big Ten) finished their season with a 4-0 loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big...

Team heads into B-10s

April 29, 2004

It would be easy for Iowa to write off Minnesota's women's tennis team in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament today in Evanston, Ill. The 10th-seeded Gophers, (3-18, 1-9 Big Ten) after winning the...

7-match win streak ends

April 26, 2004

After a lot of yelling and antagonizing, Ohio State had the final word Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Minnesota's men's tennis team at the Baseline Tennis Center. No. 20 Ohio State (21-3, 9-1 Big...

Men’s Tennis face tough challenge in final weekend

April 23, 2004

Minnesota men's tennis team is rolling into its final weekend. The Gophers (12-7, 7-1 Big Ten) have won six consecutive matches and are 8-1 in their last nine duel matches. But the Gophers will face a...

Connecticut nabs Whalen with fourth overall pick

April 19, 2004

Lindsay Whalen appears to be leaving her hometown haven for the East Coast. Minnesota basketball's all-time leading scorer was selected fourth overall in Saturday's WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. Whalen...

Gophers drop to 0-8 in Big Ten play

April 19, 2004

Angela Buergis walked off her No. 1 singles court looking confident after her final home court match. The 69th-ranked senior had the lone win in Minnesota's women's tennis team's 6-1 loss to 30th-ranked...

Trades needed for Lynx to nab Whalen

April 16, 2004

If one had never seen Lindsay Whalen give a press conference, it might have appeared Thursday that she was not at all excited about being a projected top-four pick in Saturday's WNBA draft. When she was...

Despite language barrier, Osorio shines

April 13, 2004

After graduating from Gabriel Garcia Marquez High School in Quito, Ecuador, 18-year-old Andres Osorio arrived in the United States on Jan. 22 to play for Minnesota's men's tennis team. He wandered onto...

Gophers continue to roll, down UW

April 12, 2004

Andres Osorio had far more screams than winning points during his match at No. 3 singles in Minnesota's men's tennis team's 7-0 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. Osorio used emotion and speed...

Queens join kings: title for UConn women, too

April 7, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - It was 40 degrees Tuesday in Storrs, Conn., but UConn is the place to be after Connecticut's women's basketball team beat Tennessee 70-61 on Tuesday night at New Orleans Arena, joining the...

Gophers leave a definite impact

April 6, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - The story was like 6-foot-2-inch Janel McCarville's deceptive ability to dunk a basketball. Culminating in a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Minnesota's women's basketball team...

Gophers come up short in New Orleans

April 5, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - Lindsay Whalen had the same look she has had all season as she reflected on Minnesota women's basketball team's 67-58 loss to Connecticut on Sunday night in New Orleans Arena. "It's been...

Butts comes up big in the clutch to put Tennessee in the championship yet again

April 5, 2004

Seimone Augustus and Tasha Butts were both hot going into Sunday's game. But Augustus cooled off and Butts and Tennessee found another way to survive. Augustus scored 16 points, but Butts and the Volunteers...

Fans get taste of big-time

April 5, 2004

Hundreds of Minnesota women's basketball fans walked from their hotels to the New Orleans Arena for a Gophers autograph session and public practice Saturday afternoon. On the sunny, 75-degree day, Gophers...

Call it ‘New Whalens’

April 2, 2004

Lindsay Whalen raised her arms in triumph Tuesday night 47.8 seconds before the final horn of Minnesota women's basketball team's 82-75 victory over top-ranked Duke. The win pushed the seventh-seeded Gophers...

Gophers not the types to be intimidated in tourney

April 2, 2004

Minnesota's seventh-seeded women's basketball team has bulldozed its way through the NCAA Tournament behind the blade of Janel McCarville. As two-time defending tournament champion Connecticut prepares...

Strong support spurs Gophers

April 1, 2004

Minnesota women's basketball coach Pam Borton explained Wednesday how important the Gophers' unsung heroes have been in advancing to the NCAA Tournament Final Four for the first time in school history. "Our...

3, 2, WON: Gophers advance

March 31, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. - Following Minnesota's women's basketball team's 82-75 victory over top-seeded Duke to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night, Janel McCarville's big arms held...

Whalen, Beard know each other’s ways

March 30, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. - Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen and Duke's Alana Beard spent last summer forming a powerful backcourt on USA's young women's basketball national team. The two seniors combined forces to win the...

Elite feat: Minn. tops BC

March 29, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. - With 7:38 left in Sunday's Mideast Regional semifinal game of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, Boston College 6-foot-4-inch player Kathrin Ress had the ball one-on-one against Minnesota...

Bolden’s defense in the NCAA Tournament has been stingy

March 29, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. - On a team with a coach who stresses defense above all, Minnesota women's basketball sophomore Shannon Bolden has become one of the premier defenders playing in the NCAA Tournament. In her...