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Gophers hope to defend Big Ten tourney banner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Cowger's home run on Sunday afternoon at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers won against Northwestern 11-0.

Minnesota sweeps tough conference opponent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Hannah Granger makes impact at plate

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...

Bracket projects Gophers as an 8

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...

Wagner committed on, off court

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

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

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

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

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 women's 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

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...

Minnesota's 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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...

Wagner ahead of her year

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...

Groenewegen embraces responsibility

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...

Zahui B. powers team to victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagner sparks Minnesota Sunday in winning effort

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...

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

Minnesota opens with five victories

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...

Gophers begin with high expectations

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...

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

Gophers try to rebound amid struggles

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 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

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

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...