The Minnesota Daily

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Gophers entering unfamiliar territory

May 9, 2008

When the Minnesota softball team suits up to play in its first Big Ten tournament game since 2004, it will be facing an unknown. Thanks to a rainout earlier in the season, the Gophers will face Purdue...

Athletes in Carlson find success despite demanding duties

May 6, 2008

The stereotype of a 'dumb jock' doesn't fit well with the student-athletes at the University. With 188 athletes holding a cumulative grade-point average of over 3.5 through the fall 2007 semester, 29 percent...

Dorniden, Ness named male and female athletes of the year

May 5, 2008

Even Goldy Gopher sported a tie as the Minnesota athletic department put on its own version of a red-carpet affair, hosting the second annual Golden Goldy awards ceremony Sunday at Radisson Hotel. In an...

Gophers earn wins 1,000 and 1,001 with sweep of Green Bay

May 1, 2008

Stellar pitching and a pair of timely hits was all the Minnesota softball team needed Wednesday night. The Gophers (26-15 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) recorded a pair of shutouts in their midweek series against...

Gophers focused heading into midweek series

April 30, 2008

After letting a sweep of Ohio State slip through its fingers, the Minnesota softball team's Monday practice seemed filled with an even higher level of concentration than normal. High-intensity infield...

Gophers earn tourney berth

April 28, 2008

With snow falling, and Frank Sinatra's "White Christmas" playing over the loudspeaker, the Minnesota softball team clinched a spot in its first Big Ten Tournament since 2004. up next Wisconsin-Green...

Rain, rain won’t go away for Minnesota

April 25, 2008

It was another missed opportunity to play for the Minnesota softball team Thursday, as the midweek doubleheader against South Dakota State was rained out two outs into the top of the third inning. The...

Minnesota looking to bounce back offensively this weekend

April 18, 2008

After suffering a four-hit weekend at the hands of tough Michigan pitching, the Minnesota softball team entered the new week ready to swing the bat. Senior outfielder Sila Fernandez said the team spent...

Campbell to transfer at end of the semester

April 16, 2008

The Minnesota women's basketball team granted the scholarship release of sophomore forward Korinne Campbell upon Campbell's request Monday, the Athletic Communications office said. Campbell played in 65...

Big Ten Tournament will be no more after this season

April 15, 2008

Change is in the air for Big Ten women's softball, and it's something Minnesota coach Lisa Bernstein seems excited about. After 14 consecutive seasons with an end-of-the-year conference tournament and...

Gophers now a force to be reckoned with in Big Ten

April 4, 2008

The Minnesota softball team played competitive games against Northwestern, one of the best teams in the nation, last week. Now, the Gophers (19-10 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) prepare for their home opener with...

Wildcats give Minn. the Sunday blues

March 31, 2008

Opening weekend for Big Ten softball didn't look too promising, with poor weather forecasts appearing to follow Minnesota everywhere. up next North Dakota State what: Softball when: 4 p.m., Wednesday where:...

Gophers stay hot with sweep of S. Dakota

March 24, 2008

Things may be looking up for the Minnesota baseball team. The Gophers continued to roll over the weekend, sweeping a three-game series against South Dakota State at the Metrodome by scores of 3-1, 5-4...

‘Twin towers’ at the helm of hot playing Gophers

March 13, 2008

Glance at the Minnesota softball team's pitching staff and you may think you're seeing double. Junior pitchers Briana Hassett and Katie Dalen couldn't have more similarities if they tried. They run together,...

Conway leading Minnesota at the plate

March 7, 2008

There isn't much room for improvement as the Minnesota softball team takes its 10-game winning streak on the road this weekend. The Gophers, who have given up just one run over the last nine games, will...

Anybody’s game

March 6, 2008

Minnesota women's basketball coach Pam Borton said during the last weekend of the regular season that there was no clear favorite to take the Big Ten tournament. 2008 BIG TEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT March...

Anderson and Lavender share Big Ten Player of the Year honors

March 5, 2008

The Big Ten Player of the Year was split between two players this year, Ohio State freshman center Jantel Lavender and Wisconsin senior guard Jolene Anderson. Lavender was voted player of the year by the...

Gophers nail down a big win over Indiana at the Barn

February 29, 2008

It was expected that the Indiana women's basketball team would have several different contributors on the offensive end Thursday, but no one expected Minnesota to do the same. The Gophers (19-10 overall,...

Tournament seeds may not be final until final game of the year

February 27, 2008

The loss the Minnesota women's basketball team suffered Saturday was bad enough by itself for a team fighting for conference position. But when compounded with wins from Michigan and Indiana, things got...

Minn. falls short in second Big Ten home loss of the season

February 25, 2008

A lack of scoring proved to be the biggest issue for the Minnesota women's basketball team Saturday. up next Indiana what: Women's basketball when: 7 p.m., Thursday where: Williams Arena The Gophers...

Gophers go undefeated in Georgia

February 25, 2008

Heading into the Georgia Southern tournament over the weekend, Minnesota softball coach Lisa Bernstein said the Gophers were looking for a tournament championship. up next Dartmouth what: Softball when:...

Minnesota heads south for tournament

February 22, 2008

Minnesota softball coach Lisa Bernstein set a bold goal for this weekend, after starting the season 6-5. "We want to go in there, take care of business and walk out of there with the tournament championship,"...

As conference schedule comes to a close, regular-season title up for grabs

February 20, 2008

With just three or four games remaining in the women's basketball Big Ten schedule, there are a few races remaining that could generate interest heading into the conference tournament. The biggest race...

Minnesota finishes tournament 3-2

February 18, 2008

For a somewhat inexperienced Minnesota softball team, the weekend could not have gone better. The Gophers either won or were an at-bat away from a win in each of the five games played at the Metrodome...

Gophers’ comeback effort falls short

February 18, 2008

Chalk up another tough road loss for the Minnesota women's basketball team. The Gophers (18-9 overall, 9-6 Big Ten) fell once again despite playing with a lead late in the second half, losing to Iowa 72-69...

Gophers survive Penn State comeback

February 15, 2008

The Penn State women's basketball team didn't do many things right at home Thursday against Minnesota. The Nittany Lions did manage to stay out of foul trouble however, which was nearly enough to top the...

Minnesota won’t have to fight cold weather with tourney at Metrodome

February 14, 2008

Last season, the Minnesota women's softball team struggled through the cold weather in its second tournament of the year, facing 30-degree temperatures in Oklahoma. The Gophers won't have to worry about...

Fox, Knight combine for 42 in win

February 11, 2008

Northwestern continued to be the rock every team gets to kick in women's basketball Sunday, as Minnesota (17-8 overall, 8-5 Big Ten) booted around the Wildcats at Williams Arena in a 68-48 win. up next...

Gophers head south for season-opening tournament in Jacksonville

February 8, 2008

Heading into the Jacksonville tournament, the Minnesota softball team is facing plenty of uncertainties. With three infield positions to fill, the Gophers started a four-day, six-game tournament Thursday...

Minnesota halts a hot Illinois squad

February 8, 2008

The Minnesota women's basketball team may have solved its problem of having a lack of scoring options. The Gophers had four of their starters reach double-digits in the scoring column Thursday, as Minnesota...

Minn. hoping return to the Barn brings better fortune after tough road stretch

February 7, 2008

Junior guard Emily Fox appeared to be on a roll Wednesday before the Minnesota women's basketball practice. The junior, coming off a rough offensive week, knocked down seven consecutive three-pointers,...

Gophers have some voids to fill in the middle of the lineup

February 5, 2008

Losing more than half of a starting lineup can cause most teams to struggle, but coach Julie Standering said that the Minnesota softball team won't be having those problems this year. However, the Gophers...

Fox, Gophers continue to roll; complete sweep of Michigan State

January 28, 2008

Thursday night, senior forward Leslie Knight carried the Minnesota women's basketball team to a win. But on Sunday afternoon, it was all about Emily Fox. up next purdue what: Women's basketball when:...

Knight putting up points, turning heads

January 23, 2008

Junior guard Emily Fox is undoubtedly the offensive leader on the Minnesota women's basketball team. But since the start of the Big Ten season, Fox hasn't been the only one putting up big numbers for the...

Minnesota makes an early exit to end a disappointing season

December 3, 2007

There will be no Sweet 16 for the Minnesota volleyball team this year. The Gophers fell out of the tournament after getting bumped in the first round by Sacramento State on Friday, 30-23, 25-30, 24-30,...

Busy weekend for Gophs starts tonight

November 30, 2007

As good as the Minnesota women's basketball team has been so far this season, it will need to continue to improve as the team prepares for the upcoming conference season. As the Gophers (7-1 overall, 0-0...

Defense gets big bump from Sylva

November 29, 2007

With the season-ending injury to defensive-minded senior guard Jordan Barnes, junior guard Kay Sylva has been nothing less than a godsend to the Minnesota women's basketball team. Sylva came straight from...

A sigh of relief for Minnesota after getting into NCAA Tournament

November 27, 2007

For the Minnesota volleyball team, making the NCAA tournament hasn't been an issue in recent years. But this year, when the Gophers' name appeared in the bracket as an unranked qualifier, there was a momentary...

Hawaii a good destination for Gophers

November 27, 2007

Two games into the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Tournament, the Minnesota women's basketball team's win streak finally ended. The Gophers (6-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) continued to play well in their opening game,...

Gophers 6-game win streak ends with loss to Virginia

November 26, 2007

It's a good thing the Gophers can rebound. The Minnesota women's basketball team needed at least two chances to score each time down the floor against North Dakota State last night at Williams Arena, winning...

Gophers road split good enough to earn playoff berth

November 26, 2007

It wasn't a great weekend for the Minnesota volleyball team, but it should be enough to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Gophers (18-12 overall, 11-9 Big Ten) struggled to find their rhythm on the...

Gophers escape with narrow victory

November 21, 2007

It's a good thing the Gophers can rebound. The Minnesota women's basketball team needed at least two chances to score each time down the floor against North Dakota State last night at Williams Arena, winning...

Hebert pleased with his team’s efforts

November 21, 2007

Entering the season, coach Mike Hebert had much different plans for the Minnesota volleyball team. After opening the season with plans to make a run at not only the conference title, but the national title...

Gophers have chance to repay Bison at Williams

November 20, 2007

The Minnesota women's basketball team might be off to a good start, but the Gophers will be hoping to have a little better luck this year against North Dakota State than they did last season. The Bison...

Minnesota restores some order with wins

November 19, 2007

In the conversion from the lackluster team that couldn't win in October to the defensive gem that is now the Minnesota volleyball team, the Gophers can look to two main factors: left-side hitting and improved...

Gophers rally late to nab Classic title

November 19, 2007

What a difference a year makes. Just one season removed from several close losses in November, the Minnesota women's basketball team put together a pair of late comebacks at home, topping Western Carolina...

Minnesota closes out home season with must-win games

November 16, 2007

Heading into the final weeks of the regular season, the Minnesota volleyball team's postseason chances are still in doubt. But after breaking through with a pair of big road wins last weekend, the Gophers...

Packed November continues for Gophers with Subway Classic

November 16, 2007

As Minnesota's undefeated women's basketball team prepares to begin a 10-day, six-game stretch, one thing is certain: It's not going to be easy. The Gophers (2-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will start one of...

Minnesota cruises to easy road win over Northern Iowa

November 14, 2007

After losing several close games in November last season, starting strong was a goal for the Minnesota women's basketball team this season. And it's been something the Gophers have been able to do so far...

Minnesota has first road test tonight in Cedar Falls

November 13, 2007

If Northern Iowa's convincing 72-58 win over Colorado State is any indication of how the Panthers' season will go, the low-scoring Minnesota women's basketball team might be in trouble tonight. But it...