The Gophers women’s basketball team will ring in the new year with a Big Ten opener at Rutgers on New Year’s Eve. The Gophers’ conference home opener is Jan. 3 against Penn State.

They close out the Big Ten regular season with a big game, too: on the road against former Gophers coach Brenda Frese and Maryland.

Home games also include Michigan (Jan. 10), Indiana (Jan. 17), Northwestern (Jan. 20), Illinois (Jan. 26), Rutgers (Feb. 4), Nebraska (Feb. 11), Iowa (Feb. 15) and Ohio State (Feb. 24).

In her first season, Marlene Stollings led the Gophers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in six years, and the team’s 23 victories were its most in 10 seasons. They finished sixth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 record. Stollings received a one-year contract extension and $75,000 raise earlier this week.

The Gophers open the season on Nov. 13 at Williams Arena against Wofford and will play seven of their nonconference games at home.


2015-16 Big Ten schedule

Dec. 31 at Rutgers Jan. 31 at Michigan

Jan. 3 vs. Penn State Feb. 4 vs. Rutgers

Jan. 7 at Illinois Feb. 7 at N’western

Jan. 10 vs. Michigan Feb. 11 vs. Nebraska

Jan. 14 at Purdue Feb. 15 vs. Iowa

Jan. 17 vs. Indiana Feb. 18 at Indiana

Jan. 20 vs. N’western Feb. 21 at Michigan St.

Jan. 23 at Wisconsin Feb. 24 vs. Ohio State

Jan. 26 vs. Illinois Feb. 28 at Maryland