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Gophers hope to defend Big Ten tourney banner

Published May 7, 2015

With runners on first and third, Sam Macken singled into right field, driving in the game-winning run against Michigan last season and solidifying the Gophers’ first Big Ten title since 1999.   Minnesota...

Sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen high-fives her teammates while returning to the dugout at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday evening against Purdue.

Gophers end regular season with sweep

Published May 4, 2015

Minnesota’s senior class first arrived on campus near the beginning of head coach Jessica Allister’s rapid program turnaround.   Since its arrival, the class has helped the team improve...

Minnesota dominates Wisconsin in doubleheader

Published April 30, 2015

In the first game of the Gophers’ doubleheader Wednesday, head coach Jessica Allister sprinted to the home plate umpire to dispute a call in the fifth inning.   The Gophers cruised to 7-2...

Ritter’s coaching has big impact on staff

Published April 29, 2015

Pitching coach Piper Ritter spends games signaling to her pitchers and catchers, giving cues for any adjustments that she sees fit.   But Ritter’s coaching started far before she landed her...

Gophers pitcher Sara Groenewegen throws a strike against Iowa at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday.

Minnesota sweeps Hawkeyes in dominant fashion

Published April 27, 2015

After Friday’s game was postponed by rain, the Gophers seemed eager to get back on the field.    Minnesota ended all three of its games early because of the eight-run rule, sweeping...

Groenewegen tosses no-no, Gophers split two games

Published April 23, 2015

With heavy gusts coming inward, home runs weren’t likely in the Gophers’ doubleheader against North Dakota State on Wednesday.   But in the fourth inning of the first game, senior...

Freshman Kylie Stober delivers a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 4.

Duo goes from rivals to teammates

Published April 22, 2015

Once bitter rivals, Erika Rozell and Kylie Stober are now collegiate teammates.   Rozell attended Lakeville North High School, while Stober attended the school’s crosstown nemesis, Lakeville...

Catcher Taylor LeMay runs the bases on April 15 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Behind Groenewegen, Gophers sweep Big Ten foe

Published April 20, 2015

With one out in the seventh inning of the Gophers’ victory over Michigan State on Sunday, sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen launched a triple into right field.   While Groenewegen isn’t...

Amanda Zahui B. drafted second overall in WNBA Draft

Published April 17, 2015

While many Minnesotans had their eyes glued to their television sets to watch the Wild start their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, former Minnesota Gophers center Amanda Zahui B. was drafted second...

Minnesota pushes past South Dakota

Published April 16, 2015

Before Wednesday’s 8-2 victory against South Dakota, Minnesota played a dozen consecutive games against Big Ten opponents.   And though the latest matchup was a nonconference game,...

Minnesota infielder Tyler Walker attempts to steal a base against Wisconsin on April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Constistent Walker key to Minnesota’s fast starts

Published April 15, 2015

Before every home at-bat, Tyler Walker slowly makes her way to the batter’s box, nodding her head to her chosen walkup song that plays from the speakers inside Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.   Walker...

The softball team celebrates Ellie Cowgers home run on Sunday afternoon at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers won against Northwestern 11-0.

Minnesota sweeps tough conference opponent

Published April 13, 2015

Only five days after the Gophers fell down to fifth in the Big Ten standings after a 1-2 series with Michigan, Minnesota settled itself back among the conference best.   The Gophers faced conference...

Merchant sisters set for family reunion

Published April 9, 2015

This weekendâÄôs three-game series between Minnesota and Northwestern will double as a family affair for the teamsâÄô coaching staffs. Assistant coach Jessica Merchant and volunteer assistant...

Freshman Danielle Parlich fields a ground ball between innings on Saturday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Freshman Parlich shows skills on softball field

Published April 7, 2015

Danielle Parlich spews words out of her mouth at such a fast rate her teammates said they canâÄôt ignore them. Parlich, or âÄúNelâÄù as her family and friends call her, has given...

Gophers outfielder Dan Motl swings March 31 at Siebert Field.

Gophers drop two to top Big Ten team

Published April 6, 2015

During Friday’s series opener with a fellow top-15 opponent, Minnesota finished off the Wolverines in just six innings, handing them a 9-1 drubbing.    Two days later, Michigan...

Minnesota infielder Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota prepares for matchup with top-five team

Published April 2, 2015

During last season’s Big Ten championship game, Minnesota sent top-seeded Michigan home with a walk-off single to solidify a 3-2 victory.   This weekend, the No. 4 Wolverines will attempt to...

Gophers look to Anderson, Stober to fill pitching void

Published March 26, 2015

Head coach Jessica Allister wants to get her pitching staff back to the dominant force it was last season. Led by Sara Moulton and now-sophomore Sara Groenewegen, the consistent one-two punch was among...

Gophers open up Big Ten slate with sweep

Published March 23, 2015

With a sweep of Illinois over the weekend, Minnesota set a program record for most consecutive wins. Stretching back to the beginning of March, the Gophers have won their last 13 games. Much of their success...

Minnesota falls in the first round of NCAA tournament

Published March 23, 2015

Throughout its unpredictable season, Minnesota has never shied away from talking about the NCAA tournament. The Gophers reached that goal, but they quickly exited the tournament with a first-round loss...

Bracket projects Gophers as an 8

Published March 12, 2015

Selection Monday is less than a week away, and Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings is confident her team will appear on the bracket. “We feel very secure in getting an NCAA bid,” Stollings...

Hannah Granger makes impact at plate

Published March 12, 2015

Last season, then-junior Hannah Granger had just 27 hits. This season, the utility player has already surpassed that total with 30 in 22 games, and her increased role as a lineup regular has helped lead...

Wagner committed on, off court

Published March 11, 2015

Carlie Wagner set foot on the Williams Arena court last month with a ball in hand. The Gophers were more than 32 minutes away from the beginning of practice and the eager freshman was already on the court. It...

Offense propels team to four-win weekend

Published March 9, 2015

Hannah Granger only drove in 12 runs all of last season. And though it’s still early in the season, she’s already surpassed that number this year, driving in 10 over the weekend to bring her...

Gophers head to coach’s alma mater for tournament

Published March 5, 2015

Head coach Jessica Allister will head back to a familiar place this weekend. She’s traveling to her alma mater, but this time she’ll be managing from the opposing dugout. Allister started all...

Gophers head to Big Ten tourney to face Purdue

Published March 5, 2015

After weeks of moving in the conference standings, Minnesota finally knows which team it will play in the Big Ten tournament Thursday: Purdue. Purdue’s 58-56 victory against Wisconsin on Wednesday...

Center Zahui B. given top conference honor by media

Published March 3, 2015

Before the season’s start, coaches and media selected senior guard Rachel Banham as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. But on Monday, a different Minnesota player took home the player of the...

Gopher womens masketball players Shayne Mullaney, Amanda Zahui B. and Kayla Hirt pose with their athletic sneakers in the Williams Arena on Friday afternoon.

Gophers bare their soles

Published March 3, 2015

During halftime and timeouts of each game, junior guard Shayne Mullaney looks down at her shoes. Written in black sharpie on the toe of the left shoe is “PTL” — which stands for “Praise...

Minnesotas Nikki Anderson pitches during a doubleheader against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota’s pitchers falter in three-loss weekend

Published March 2, 2015

Strong pitching helped the Gophers win all but one of their first 14 games this season. But over the weekend, while in Florida, Minnesota’s pitching assisted in three losses. The Gophers won only...

Forward Shae Kelley holds on to the ball against the Hawkeyes on Feb 17 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota drops game in Iowa

Published March 2, 2015

Shae Kelley has been vocal all season about her goal of making it to the NCAA tournament. In her collegiate career — which includes stops at three different schools — the senior forward has...

Infielder Meyer sees early-season success at the plate

Published February 26, 2015

As a freshman, Erica Meyer stepped across the plate during her at-bats. So to combat that tendency, assistant coach Jessica Merchant gave her a string to help her technique. Meyer, now a senior, is currently...

Big Ten tourney seeding in flux

Published February 26, 2015

Head coach Marlene Stollings has never shied away from telling her team the importance of a game or record-breaking event. As Minnesota’s regular season wraps up with a final game against Iowa on...

Gophers forward Shae Kelley looks to pass the ball at Williams Arena on Thursday.

Gophers fall on the road to Cornhuskers

Published February 25, 2015

Head coach Marlene Stollings walked along Minnesota’s bench before Tuesday’s game, calling for energy and giving each player a high-five. But the Gophers didn’t respond to her efforts. Minnesota’s...

Redshirt sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. looks to go up for a shot against Penn State at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.

Overnight stardom for Zahui B.

Published February 24, 2015

“Zahui-mania” has hit the national level. Stretching beyond the “Wowie Zahui” sign that made its appearance at the Gophers’ last home game, athletes are jumping on the fan...

Minnesota wins five games in Arizona

Published February 23, 2015

Down 5-3 in the sixth inning of the Gophers’ final game of the weekend on Sunday, junior Sydney Fabian blasted a home run to tie the game. Over the weekend, Minnesota hit 10 home runs en route to...

Gophers center Amanda Zahui B. shoots the ball on Feb. 17 at Williams Arena.

Kelley, Zahui B. shine in Gophers’ 2OT victory

Published February 23, 2015

Senior forward Shae Kelley started tearing up on Saturday at a postgame press conference as she talked about her short tenure with Minnesota. Even before tip-off, there were high emotions surrounding the...

Groenewegen embraces responsibility

Published February 19, 2015

Last year, Sara Groenewegen was the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Year. And she wasn’t even the ace on her own team. With last year’s ace Sara Moulton graduated, the Gophers now rely heavily...

Wagner ahead of her year

Published February 19, 2015

Nearly all of the 3,879 fans at Williams Arena for the Gophers season opener erupted as 5-foot-10-inch guard Carlie Wagner left her seat for the starting lineups. She was the first name introduced in the...

Zahui B. powers team to victory

Published February 18, 2015

Amanda Zahui B. scored only eight points in Minnesota’s last game before fouling out. She more than made up for that Tuesday, scoring 39 points and recording 29 rebounds in the Gophers’ 93-80...

Junior Shayne Mullaney maneuvers the ball down the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday against Wisconsin.

Mullaney making moves

Published February 17, 2015

Junior guard Shayne Mullaney is progressing at a quicker pace than she anticipated at the start of the season. Last season, Mullaney and star senior guard Rachel Banham shared the point guard position. And...

Junior Shayne Mullaney looks to pass at Williams Arena against Michigan State on Feb. 8.

Gophers maul Lady Lions

Published February 16, 2015

After the Gophers won 64-59 at Iowa on Thursday night, Andre Hollins answered different questions with the same response. What was the key to Minnesota winning its first Big Ten road game of the year? “Defense,...

Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen plays against Penn State on April 26, 2014 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota falls short of record start

Published February 16, 2015

Minnesota was one victory away from owning the best starting record in program history heading into its game Sunday. But the Gophers fell short of that, losing to the University of Central Florida 4-0...

Gophers best rivals on Wednesday

Published February 12, 2015

Despite the love-struck fan with the “Zahui B. mine” sign hoping for a valentine, there was no lost love between Minnesota and Wisconsin as the Gophers won 93-82. In the first half, referees...

Minnesota seeks out three phases of game

Published February 12, 2015

For the Gophers to succeed, head coach Jessica Allister said at least two of the three phases of softball — hitting, pitching and defense — must be present. Last weekend, two of those three...

Backcourt fills its role for Gophers

Published February 11, 2015

As the backcourt goes, so do the Gophers. Offensive firepower has fueled Minnesota to many wins, but turnovers have plagued it in losses. In the Gophers’ five conference losses, starting guards Mikayla...

Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen pitches against Illinois on Saturday, March 29, at St. Thomas University.

Minnesota opens with five victories

Published February 9, 2015

Last year’s Big Ten Freshman and Pitcher of the Year didn’t miss a beat in the season-opening series of her sophomore season. Gophers ace Sara Groenewegen surrendered just two runs in 16 innings...

Minnesota forward Shae Kelley drives past Michigan State defenders during the second half at Williams Arena on 
Sunday.

Wagner sparks Minnesota Sunday in winning effort

Published February 9, 2015

Throughout their 18-6 start to the season, the Gophers have struggled to produce early in games, regardless of their fast pace. Sunday’s 86-79 victory against Michigan State was no different. The...

Freshman guard Carlie Wagner runs down the court at Williams Arena on Dec. 7, 2014, against Butler.

Gophers try to rebound amid struggles

Published February 5, 2015

After starting the season on a run for the record books, Minnesota’s lack of energy and execution has brought the team to unfamiliar territory. “We started really hot, and we just had a couple...

Gophers begin with high expectations

Published February 5, 2015

Minnesota’s historic season came to an abrupt halt at the hands of No. 1 Oregon last May. The Gophers will begin their 2015 season this weekend No. 15 in the national poll, and their focus is on...

Gophers guard Amanda Zahui B. runs the ball past Purdue at Williams Arena on Thursday. Purdue beat out Minnesota by 2 points in overtime, with a final score of 90-88.

Minnesota-native downs Gophers

Published February 2, 2015

Former head coach Pam Borton’s recruiting woes haunted Minnesota on Sunday during its 70-49 loss against Northwestern. Northwestern sophomore forward and Minnesota native Nia Coffey’s presence...

Junior guard Mikayla Bailey dribbles the ball against Penn State at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Gophers beat Lady Lions

Published January 29, 2015

“Fast and furious” has been a phrase to describe Minnesota’s game plan, but unlike the movie, the Gophers’ opponent on Wednesday ran just as fast as they did. During Minnesota’s...

Coughlin to leave Gophers

Published January 28, 2015

Freshman Grace Coughlin will become the Gophers' third departure from the team, according to a Pioneer Press blog. Coughlin appeared in only five games during the season, averaging just more than six...

Gophers assistant womens basketball coach Fred Chmiel joined Marlene Stollings coaching staff in late May 2014. Chmiel will coach aganist his former team, Penn State, today.

Minnesota aims to cut down on turnovers

Published January 28, 2015

Just more than a year ago, Penn State assistant coach Fred Chmiel watched the Lady Lions trample the Gophers 83-53. Chmiel — now an assistant coach at Minnesota — will watch the two teams play...

Gophers forward Shae Kelley looks to pass the ball at Williams Arena on Thursday.

With Banham out, Kelley steps in to lead

Published January 27, 2015

The North Dakota-dominated crowd became silent. With 8:25 left on the clock until halftime, Gophers senior guard and captain Rachel Banham writhed in pain, holding her knee as fellow senior Shae Kelley...

Gophers center Amanda Zahui B. runs the ball past Purdue at Williams Arena on Thursday. Purdue beat Minnesota by two points in overtime 90-88.

Zahui B. scores 36, but Gophers fall

Published January 26, 2015

Typically, any team that commits 10 turnovers in the first half of a basketball game and allows its opponents a 15-0 run will have a tough time charging back to a victory. That was the case for the Gophers...

Purdue outlasts Minnesota in overtime

Published January 22, 2015

Heading into Thursday’s exhilarating and adrenaline-filled 90-88 overtime loss against Purdue, Minnesota’s redshirt sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. said the Gophers would have to contain the...

Gophers strive to build on hot start to season

Published January 22, 2015

Michael Phelps shattered the record for the most gold medals in a single Olympic Games, to which Hall of Fame swimmer Mark Spitz responded, “Records are meant to be broken.” With a 65-61 home...

Gophers take home 12 titles in Minnesota Open

Published January 20, 2015

The Gophers’ balance of strength, endurance and speed was on full display Saturday as Minnesota notched 12 titles at its season-opening meet. “I thought our team did a really good job of bringing...

Gophers adjust to up-tempo style

Published December 10, 2014

The phrase “good defense leads to good offense” has become one of the most widely-used clichés in sports. But with Minnesota’s new up-tempo style of play, the Gophers are...

Minnesota outlasts Butler in overtime

Published December 8, 2014

In early stages of their season, the Gophers have had trouble getting off to quick starts, forcing them to rely on the second half to catch up. Sunday night’s 88-86 overtime victory against the Butler...

Gophers outlast North Carolina State on the road

Published December 4, 2014

Before Wednesday’s 60-55 victory over North Carolina State, Gophers head coach Marlene Stollings said senior forward Shae Kelley’s aggressiveness had been helping spark the team. Kelley, Minnesota’s...

Quick turnaround has Gophers back on the road out east

Published December 3, 2014

The Gophers traveled to Florida, played three games, journeyed home and flew to the East Coast — where they will take on a defense-oriented North Carolina State team Wednesday — in just under...

Minnesota takes two of three games

Published December 1, 2014

Minnesota traveled to Florida carrying the momentum of a 100-point showing in its last game. The Gophers couldn’t muster the same offensive effort against Vanderbilt on Friday, losing 71-54 in their...

Banham guides Gophers to fourth victory

Published November 26, 2014

The Gophers continued their defensive dominance with a commanding 107-62 victory over the Southern University Jaguars on Tuesday night. The Jaguars started the game 1-for-7 from the floor, and the Gophers...

Gophers guard Rachel Banham looks to pass on Dec. 1, 2013, against North Dakota.

Minnesota aims to improve slow first halves

Published November 25, 2014

The Gophers overcame halftime deficits in two consecutive games last week, emerging victorious in the process. But despite the victories, senior guard Rachel Banham said the team’s intensity early...

Minnesota wraps up season disappointed

Published November 24, 2014

Just eight days after the Gophers placed second at the Midwest regional meet, securing an automatic bid to the NCAA championships, the team fell far short of its top-20 goal. The Gophers placed last at...

Shae Kelley, forward, jumps to make a basket at the Williams Arena Friday evening. The University of Minnesota womens basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana 109-60.

Minnesota overcomes adversity in road victory

Published November 24, 2014

The Gophers were trailing 29-31 at halftime against Memphis. But they fought back, winning a close 68-62 game to stay unblemished on the season. Early foul trouble for redshirt sophomore center Amanda...

Tale of two halves in matinee win

Published November 20, 2014

For Gophers star Rachel Banham, the first half of Wednesday’s 93-76 victory was forgettable. In a dismal first half, Banham started the game shooting 25 percent from the field. The Gophers were in...

Gophers redshirt junior Kaila Urick runs the final stretch of the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sept. 27.

Gophers prepare for final meet

Published November 20, 2014

In what head coach Sarah Hopkins called a “really quick turnaround,” the Gophers will race at the NCAA championships Saturday just eight days after placing second at the NCAA Midwest regional. Hopkins...

Defense the key to success against Cleveland State

Published November 19, 2014

The Gophers pulled off a convincing victory in their season opener on Friday. And that’s why head coach Marlene Stollings said the team is going to keep the same starting lineup for Wednesday’s...

Senior Rachel Banham prepares to shoot at Williams Arena on Friday evening. Banham scored her 2,000th point Friday evening, becoming the fourth Gopher in program history to score 2,000 career points at the University of Minnesota.

Stollings begins Gophers coaching career with a victory

Published November 17, 2014

On a cold but momentous night in which the Gophers defeated Southeastern Louisiana 109-60, Minnesota stuck to its up-tempo strategy and, in the process, won Marlene Stollings’ introductory game as...

Women advance to NCAA championships

Published November 17, 2014

For the 10th consecutive year, the Gophers will compete in the NCAA championships behind top-10 finishes from redshirt juniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick. The Gophers were all business going into the...

Junior Aaron Bartnik runs the final stretch of the Division 1 Mens race at the Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Gophers head to NCAA regional

Published November 13, 2014

With a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten championships in the rearview mirror, the Gophers are going into the NCAA Midwest regional meet on Friday and focusing on qualifying for nationals. Redshirt junior...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham dribbles past Green Bay guard Megan Lukan on March 19, 2014 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota revamped and ready to start new season

Published November 13, 2014

With the hiring of Marlene Stollings, fans had better not blink, or they’ll miss the up-tempo style the new head coach has implemented into the Gophers’ new-look team. The Gophers will open...

Men sweep top five spots

Published November 10, 2014

The Gophers men’s cross country team stood victorious on Friday, sweeping the top five spots at the Fall Finale. Redshirt junior Matt Jergenson led the pack, followed by redshirt freshman Matt Welch. Jergenson...

Redshirt freshmen Wayde Hall, left, and Eric Colvin, right.

Stillwater duo brings chemistry to the U

Published November 6, 2014

To be successful, a dynamic duo must carry a few attributes — chemistry, longevity and a catchy nickname. Redshirt freshmen Eric Colvin and Wayde Hall are no exception. Originating as partners in...

Minnesota heads to Big Ten meet

Published October 30, 2014

After resting its top runners last weekend, the Gophers women’s cross country team should be fresh for the Big Ten championships in Iowa City, Iowa, this Sunday. Head coach Sarah Hopkins said the...

Gophers run a lot, eat even more

Published October 28, 2014

After a long day of training, redshirt sophomore Riley Macon journeyed to Sanford’s dining hall last Friday evening, where he proceeded to eat three plates of food, a salad and a bowl of cereal. The...

Castanias leads pack as top runners rest for Big Tens

Published October 27, 2014

The Gophers’ top runners were resting last weekend, but multiple members of the team’s second group set personal records at Jack’s Twilight Run on Saturday. The unit was led by freshman...

Second group gets chance to prove itself

Published October 23, 2014

The Gophers will showcase their younger racers this weekend at Jack’s Twilight Run. In preparation for the Big Ten championships in early November, Minnesota’s top runners will be resting,...

Berkholtz leads Gophers to 15th

Published October 20, 2014

The Gophers women’s cross country team came into the Wisconsin adidas Invitational looking for a top-15 finish. Minnesota accomplished that Friday, finishing 15th in a field of 38, which included...

Gophers hitting stride midseason

Published October 16, 2014

The Gophers are in the thick of their season and starting to hit their stride. Last week, the men’s cross country team cracked the top 30 of the national coaches poll for the first time this season,...