Gopher FB,VB,Hockey,BB News 02 Dec 13

The Minnesota Golden Gophers wrapped up their football regular season with a 14-3 loss at Michigan State on Saturday.  The Gophers end the year 8-and-4 and 4-and-4 in the Big Ten.  They will be playing in their second straight bowl game.  Minnesota hasn’t won a bowl since 2004.  The Gophers will wait through the weekend, as the conference championship games will impact the bowl pecking order.  It is believed the likely destination for Minnesota is either the Texas Bowl in Houston or the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. 

Gopher Women Lose At Buzzer

Minnesota star guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville thought she had hit the game-winning jumper with four-seconds left in yesterday’s game at Hawaii.  Her three-point shot gave the Golden Gophers a 66-63 lead.  But, Hawaii’s Shawna-Lei Kuehu banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Rainbows won it 77-71.  Banham finished the game with 24 points and was named the Wahine Showdown Tournament MVP.  The Gophers finished 2-and-1 in the event, with previous wins over Colorado State and Tennessee-Chatanooga.  The Gophers return home on Thursday against Miami of Florida.

 Minnesota Hoops Hosts Florida State Tomorrow

The Minnesota men’s basketball team hosts Florida State tomorrow night at Williams Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Golden Gophers snapped their two-game losing streak with an 83-68 rout of Chaminade last Wednesday in Maui.  The Gophers are now 6-and-2 on the season.  The Seminoles sit at 5-and-2.  Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

 Minnesota Volleyball To Host NCAA

The University of Minnesota volleyball team was chosen to host the first and second rounds of the upcoming NCAA Division I National Tournament.  The Golden Gophers will host Radford on Friday night at the U of M Sports Pavilion at 7 p.m.  Iowa State and Colorado are on the other side of the bracket and will play on Friday at the Pavilion at 4:30 p.m.  The winners of the opening games will face off in round two on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.  Minnesota is 27-and-6 overall and received the tournament’s No. 10 overall seed.  The field is 64 teams.  Tickets to the weekend’s games go on sale this morning at 9 a.m

 Gopher Women’s Hockey Wins

The top-ranked Golden Gopher women’s hockey team completed a two-game home sweep of Princeton with a 9-1 win yesterday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.  Gophers Rachael Bona, Sarah Davis, and Hannah Brandt turned in three-point games in the win.  Minnesota is now 17-and-1 on the season.  The Gophers visit Ohio State this coming weekend.