The Gophers women’s basketball team has gone from a team that tried to outscore opponents last season to, in Lindsay Whalen’s first season as coach, one that tries to stop other teams. Here is a comparison of a few key defensive statistics from last season through 11 games vs. this season so far.

Record — 2017-18: 9-2. 2018-19: 11-0.

Points per game allowed — 2017-18: 68.9. 2018-19: 53.1.

Opponent FG percentage — 2017-18: 38.9. 2018-19: 33.8.

Opponent three-point FG percentage — 2017-18: 35.1. 2018-19: 28.2.

Rebounds per game allowed — 2017-18: 38.0. 2018-19: 33.5.

Turnovers per game forced — 2017-18: 15.8. 2018-19: 18.3.

Steals per game — 2017-18: 7.8. 2018-19: 9.1.

Blocks per game — 2017-18: 2.7. 2018-19: 3.7.