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The Timberwolves on Friday turned in a much better effort than games of late. But Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets held on to send the Wolves to their eighth consecutive loss.
Coach Ryan Saunders kept a somber tone Thursday talking about what is needed to end a seven-game losing streak — a month after the Wolves endured an 11-game losing streak.
The Gophers allowed the Badgers to dominate the inside over and over again and then went scoreless for most of the third quarter.
Coach Cheryl Reeve said the two sides have been in touch regularly over the past year, but the discussions have been about Maya Moore's work away from basketball.
Despite a poor record in her two seasons as head coach of the New York Liberty, Katie Smith's work impressed Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, who was quick to offer her a job.
As one a handful of four-year players on the team, Gadiva Hubbard she has been pushed into more of a leadership role with the departure of Destiny Pitts.
Andrew Wiggins provided a home-team spark but the Raptors shot 51.6 percent as a team. The starting backcourt of Fred VanVleet (29) and Kyle Lowry (28) combined for 57 points.
Lindsay Whalen is in the midst of the toughest stretch of her coaching career — one that will influence not just the success of this season's team but perhaps define her tenure in future years.
Destiny Pitts, the Gophers' leading scorer, said the suspension that has led to her decision to transfer was for "body language" during a recent game against Northwestern.
The Hawkeyes took the lead on a three-pointer with 8.8 seconds to play.
The Lynx will have three nationally televised games — June 7 vs. Los Angeles on ABC; Aug. 16 at Connecticut on ESPN; and Aug 25 at Seattle on ESPN2.
Leading scorer Destiny Pitts, averaging 16.3 points per game and a first-team all-Big Ten selection by the media as a sophomore last season, will miss a second game as she remains suspended from the Gophers.
It has been an interesting monthlong recovery for Towns, who hurt his left knee Dec. 13 in a game against the Clippers in which he scored 39 points.
An unlikely first career triple-double by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, including 20 rebounds for the 6-5 guard, and statistical advantages all across the board led to the 117-104 loss.
The move returns one of the greatest players in Lynx history, a player who is still sprinkled all over the team's record book.
Coach Lindsay Whalen said she was determined the midwinter slump of a season ago wouldn't be repeated. So far, not so good.
Minnesota led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, but withered against Memphis' high-scoring backcourt of Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant.
Guard entered Tuesday's game with four consecutive 20-point games.
The play-by-play man will work the milestone game Tuesday.
The Cavaliers went on a 30-4 run to erase a Wolves lead but Minnesota pulled out the win.
Flip Saunders, former Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach, is from Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. On Saturday, the high school gym was dedicated in Flip's honor.
Playing for the second night in a row, the Wolves had plenty of energy in reserve at home.
The Golden State coach was impressed by Minnesota's play against the Bucks.
Up seven with 6:04 left Tuesday, the Gophers were outscored by 10 the rest of the way and held scoreless over the game's final 2:55.
Sara Scalia was coach Lindsay Whalen's first-ever high school recruit. Destiny Pitts is a two-time All-Big Ten player. They got to know each other over the summer, when both players lived in the gym, spending hours working out with — and against — each other.
Minnesota began conference play 2-7 in Lindsay Whalen's first season as coach in 2018-19.
The Gophers play their final nonconference game Saturday before turning their attention to Big Ten foes.
The running back has helped the Mavericks reach the NCAA Division II championship game.
Afterward, Wolves coach Ryan Saunders credited New Orleans for playing with desperation, which only begged the question: Why didn't the Wolves?
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns missed two games earlier this season because of a suspension, but this was the first game he's missed this year because of an injury.
Karl-Anthony Towns appeared to be walking gingerly as he took the court for Tuesday's workout, and he was listed as questionable after a hard fall during Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
A Sunday afternoon that began with Janel McCarville's number raised to the Williams Arena rafters ended with Gadiva Hubbard scoring a season-high 24 points in a 76-67 win.
One of the stars of Minnesota's 2004 Final Four team will have a banner hung in her honor at Williams Arena before Sunday afternoon's game.
Being a Johnnies quarterback is a pretty exclusive club, but Jackson Erdmann has put up some record-setting numbers to lead the pack.
Muffet McGraw's burning desire is to get more women like the Gophers' Lindsay Whalen into college coaching.
The Wolves have lost four in a row at Target Center, even though the Grizzlies had lost six consecutive games and were missing their leading scorer.
In 11 November games, Andrew Wiggins averaged 27.1 points, made 48.3% of his shots and 39.5% of his three-pointers.
The G League product has sparked the Wolves off the bench lately.
The Timberwolves have been strong away from home but have lost their past four games at Target Center.
Stillwater freshman Sara Scalia led the way with a career-high 20 points as Minnesota won its fifth game in a row.
Down 12 midway through the third quarter, the Gophers finished the game with a 36-13 run over the final 16 minutes.
Gadiva Hubbard is making an impact after being sidelined nearly 20 months by a foot injury.
Andrew Wiggins was back after a three-game absence. But Utah countered a second-half Wolves run with one of its own for the victory.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders is 0-4 in challenges this year. "I'm not concerned with a challenge record with things as long as it's strategic with our group," he said.
The new Wolves boss was scouting in Europe.
Coach Lindsay Whalen was determined to beef up her team's nonconference schedule, and the Gophers knocked off a Sun Devils team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.
Again playing without Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves could not muster up a response to Houston's challenge.
The two players teamed up for a state title in high school in Detroit.
The Gophers women's basketball team learned a couple things in its 77-61 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.
The Wolves shot only 35.1 percent overall and went 6-for-45 on three-point shots — with those 39 misses being the third most ever in an NBA game.
A lineup that included Treveon Graham, Josh Okogie and Robert Covington — along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins — spent the fourth quarter playing some of the best defense fans at Target Center have seen in a while.
Sara Scalia, coach Lindsay Whalen's first recruit, was impressive in the season opener. Now, she looks for more.
Missouri State, an NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, outrebounded Minnesota 41-21 and held the Gophers to 40 percent shooting from the field.
The view from outside the program is lofty, too, given that the Gophers are ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.
First, the game was delayed by about an hour because of a crooked rim. Then, Milwaukee showed the Wolves why many consider the Bucks to be the best team in the Eastern Conference.
He's taking fewer midrange jumpers so far this season, and he's getting to the basket more.
To Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, being ranked is more motivation to follow up on a strong finish to her first season running the team.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid have gone toe-to-toe on the court and off, but the Wolves center prefers to see Wednesday's game as a battle between two teams trying to stay undefeated.
Josh Okogie was a rather monstrous plus-50 in the Wolves' first two games; Shabazz Napier was a plus-35.
The Wolves enter the season with a remade roster and with Ryan Saunders about to experience his first opening day as a head coach.
That the Timberwolves open the regular season Wednesday in Brooklyn is only fitting, considering the Nets influence that is here on the court and off.
Naz Reid, the rookie out of LSU, shows the same strengths as Karl-Anthony Towns. But Ryan Saunders offers some cautions about what to expect.
The deal will keep Cheryl Reeve with the Lynx through 2022.
Wolves forward Robert Covington admitted the process of getting his rhythm back has been difficult, as has been the process of becoming fully confident that his knee is fully healthy.
Returning after an injury, Gadiva Hubbard caught coach Lindsay Whalen's eye during Sunday's session.
When the preseason opens Tuesday at Phoenix, it appears a number of the Wolves' top players will play significant minutes.
Robert Covington supplied a compelling flash of honesty at Wolves media day into just how difficult last season was, including the mental-health struggles that came with the knee injury that kept him from playing.
Cheryl Reeve rebuilt the roster, after losing much of the starting lineup that had won four of the past seven league titles, and took the team to the playoffs again.
Over the course of 34 games, rookie Napheesa Collier played more minutes than anyone in the WNBA, flipping seamlessly for the Lynx between the two forward positions.
Napheesa Collier, taken sixth overall in the draft out of Connecticut, got 29 votes from the panel of 43 sportswriters and sportscasters. Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale received the other 14 votes.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she doesn't know whether star Maya Moore will return next season, "I know you'd like it to be cut-and-dried, black-and-white, but I'm pretty sure it's not."
Veteran center Sylvia Fowles is the most experienced player who can expect to get major minutes Wednesday. She helped the Lynx win two WNBA titles, winning regular season and league finals MVP in 2017.
Lynx guard Odyssey Sims has led her new team in scoring 15 times this season.
The Lynx now control their fate for a first-round playoff game at Target Center, which they can wrap up by beating Phoenix tonight and Los Angeles on Sunday.
Team's resolve in the fourth quarter is enough to top Indiana.