Gopher News 25 Feb 13

The Golden Gopher women’s basketball team could not maintain the hot-shooting that pushed them to a four-point halftime lead over Purdue yesterday. Minnesota lost 75-63 at Williams Arena to fall to 16-and-12 overall and 5-and-9 in the Big Ten. The Gophers shot 50-percent in the first half, while dipping to 29-percent from the floor in the second half. Minnesota sophomore Rachel Banham poured in 21 points in the loss, with 17 of those coming in the first half. The Gophers entertain Penn State on Thursday night at 8 p.m.

After having the weekend off, the Minnesota Golden Gopher men’s basketball team returns to action tomorrow night at home against top-ranked Indiana. The Gophers have lost two in-a-row and four-of-five overall following last Wednesday’s 71-45 setback at 18th-ranked Ohio State. Minnesota sits at 18-and-9 on the season and 6-and-8 in the Big Ten. Tomorrow’s tip is set for 6 p.m.

It was a fun weekend for some select University of Minnesota student-athletes. The top-ranked Golden Gopher women’s hockey team became the first women’s hockey team in NCAA history to finish a regular season undefeated. Minnesota swept rival St. Cloud State to end the regular season with a 34-and-0 record. The team has won 42 straight games dating back to last year’s national title run. The third-ranked Gopher wrestling team won the National Duals Tournament at Williams Arena with three impressive wins. Minnesota beat Virginia Tech, No. 2 Iowa, and No. 1 Oklahoma State on the way to the title. And, the Golden Gopher women’s swimming and diving team won the Big Ten Championships with an impressive two-day showing over the weekend at the U of M Aquatic Center.