A day after being named WCHA Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, The Gophers' Hannah Brandt was selected one of three finalists for the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award honoring college women's hockey's top player.
"If that were to happen, it would be pretty cool. But regardless, that's just an individual thing, so that's just kind of to the side," the junior from Vadnais Heights said about the possibility of winning the award. "The main focus is on winning the national championship."
Boston College junior Alex Carpenter and Boston University senior Marie-Philip Poulin were also selected as finalists. All three are forwards.
Brandt, an alumnae of Hill-Murray, led the WCHA with 50 points. Overall, she has 67 points (31 goals, 36 assists).
"She's the exact type of kid we recruit, a great kid from a great family who happens to be a really good hockey player," Gophers coach Brad Frost said. The winner will be announced March 21 as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend.
China title for Moore
Lynx forward Maya Moore led her overseas team, the Shanxi Flame, to its third consecutive Women's Chinese Basketball Association title. Moore had 35 points, 16 rebounds and four assists as Shanxi beat Beijing 72-70 Thursday to win their best-of-three championship series in four games.
Brittney Griner, whose Phoenix team beat the Lynx in the Western Conference finals last season, had 26 points and nine rebounds for Beijing.
Top honor to Bethel
Bethel senior forward Kyle Zimmerman was named the MIAC's Player of the Year. He led the conference in scoring (17.6 points per game) and rebounding (9.6 rpg).
The other two major MIAC honors went to the University of St. Thomas, which won its 10th consecutive conference title with a 17-3. The Tommies' John Tauer was named the Coach of the Year and junior guard Cortez Tillman the Sixth Man of the Year.
• The Gophers' baseball game Friday vs. Creighton in Omaha, Neb., was postponed because of cold weather. The teams will play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.