Golden Gopher freshman Amanda Zahui [[ ZOW-ee ]] made quite a debut last night for the Minnesota women’s basketball team. The Swedish center scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Gophers past Charlotte 90-55. Junior guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville added 20 points in the win The 2-and-0 Gophers redshirted the six-foot-five-inch Zahui last season and she sat out the season opener this year. The Stockholm native gives Minnesota a big presence in the middle. The Gophers are at Creighton on Saturday.
The University of Minnesota football has a bye this weekend before hosting Wisconsin a week from Saturday. The 8-and-2 Golden Gophers are one of the surprise teams in the nation and are ranked No. 25 in this week’s national coaches poll. The University announced yesterday that a limited number of tickets are still available for the game against the border rival Badgers. Fans can purchase those tickets at the team’s Webpage. No. 22 Wisconsin hosts Indiana this weekend.
The WCHA has named its weekly award winners in women’s hockey. Minnesota senior forward Sarah Davis of Paradise, Newfoundland is the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. She led the No. 1 Golden Gophers to a sweep of St. Cloud State. Bemidji State freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat of Glenboro, Manitoba is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her work in a five-point weekend for the Beavers against Ohio State. And, St. Cloud State forward Lauren Hespenheide of Shakopee is the league’s Rookie of the Week after registering points in both games against the Gophers.