The Gophers women’s basketball team will host Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 14 in the first game under new coach Marlene Stollings. The team’s 12-game nonconference schedule was announced Tuesday, and is evenly split between home and road games.
Minnesota plays three of its first four games at home; the first road game is at Memphis on Nov. 23.
The Gophers will participate in the strong eight-team Gulf Coast Showcase Nov. 28-30 at Fort Myers, Fla., opening against Vanderbilt, an NCAA tournament team a year ago. Defending NCAA champion Connecticut or the College of Charleston will be the Gophers’ second-round foe. Georgia Tech, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Arizona State and Villanova are in the other half of the bracket.
Minnesota will host its annual Gopher Classic on Dec. 20-21, facing Liberty and Central Michigan.
• ESPN has finalized the time and networks for the 15th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge this winter. The Gophers will play at Wake Forest at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 on ESPNU.
• Defenseman Nick Seeler, of Eden Prairie, left the Omaha men’s hockey team for personal reasons. Seeler, a fifth-round draft pick of the Wild in 2011, would have been a junior. He had six goals and 13 assists for the Mavericks in 70 games. He also had 116 penalty minutes in his career.
• Concordia (St. Paul) was named the favorite in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason volleyball poll for the 11th consecutive season. The Golden Bears are the seven-time NCAA Division II national champions. Minnesota Duluth was picked to finish second by conference coaches. Kelsey Chambers of Northern State was named the preseason player of the year. She is a 5-11 junior outside hitter from Jordan. The NSIC season will begin Sept. 4.
• The Gophers women’s golf team will host a golf skill competition, called the MiniBreak, on the Saturday before the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 15-16 at the Minikahda Club. Fourteen teams of seven players — five college players and two amateurs — will compete in five challenges on Sept. 13.
• Norm Duke, a Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, finished with a 3,670 total for 16 games to lead qualifying for match play in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open in Welch, Minn. He has won two titles this season, including the PBA Senior Open and has already earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.