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This week in Minnesota sports: Successive NCAA championships defined Verne Gagne, even after he entered pro ranks
This Week in Minnesota Sports: In 2013, the Gophers women's hockey team ended its season 41-0 and outscored its opponents 216-36. Players made it look easier than it was.
This Week in Minnesota Sports: It was 16 years ago when point guard Lindsay Whalen, a soft cast on her hand, ran onto the Williams Arena floor for a first-round NCAA game against UCLA.
This Week in Minnesota Sports: Fifty-two years ago this week, the Hornets ended a remarkable three-year run with a 70-45 victory over Moorhead in the 1968 state championship game.
Former Holy Angels star Laura Bagwell-Katalinich will provide an option in the post for the Gophers women's team.
New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson scored 23 points, but Jrue Holiday supplied a near-triple-double with 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
The team is following the NBA's lead but doing what it can to make Target Center safe.
The Gophers women's basketball team faced a trying final few months to the season, and ultimately fell short of its goals. Yet coach Lindsay Whalen this weekend was able to find positives.
Jasmine Powell and Jasmine Brunson have a lot more in common than their first name: a dedication to preparation, a lack of fear and an abundance of energy.
With Jordan McLaughlin handling more point guard duties, D'Angelo Russell would be freed up to move without the ball and look for scoring opportunities.
The players had to wait until the end of the game for anything to smile about, when Jasmine Brunson received -- and accepted -- a marriage proposal.
After four years of coming off the bench for the Connecticut Sun, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve sees an expanded role for Rachel Banham in Minnesota. "The opportunity is there," Banham said.
Minnesota got 35 points from the backcourt of Jasmine Powell (21) and Jasmine Brunson (14), but they couldn't stop the Hoosiers mid-range shooting game.
The Gophers' defense responded after blowout losses. Now it's offense's turn to flip a switch.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft was a part of the Lynx's four WNBA title teams. Her departure means that none of the four core players from those title-winners will play for Minnesota in 2020.
Seimone Augustus, who played on four WNBA Championship teams with the Lynx, signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday. The 11th leading scorer in…
The Wolves led by 18 in the second quarter and 13 late in the third against the Hornets, who had won only two of their last 15 games before coming to Target Center.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns had an MRI on Tuesday, and will be re-evaluated during the All-Star break. Meantime, he won't be getting accustomed to new teammate D'Angelo Russell.
When Cheryl Reeve called about a coaching opening on the Lynx 2020 staff, Rebekkah Brunson stopped thinking like a player. She knew, she said, this was where her life needed to go.
It was, by almost any measure, the worst loss of the season for Minnesota, which goes on the road for its next two games
After a one-season absence and playing for five WNBA title teams, Rebekkah Brunson is returning to the Lynx — this time as an assistant coach.
The team has distanced itself from Destiny Pitts' exit and an ugly losing streak with three straight Big Ten victories. Now there are injury issues.
The 11th-year veteran, at 33 the oldest player on this new team, helped lead the way in his first game after the Wolves flurry of trades.
D'Angelo Russell is the headliner, but he's not the only key new Wolves player.
Taiye Bello led the way with 19 points and 22 rebounds. She also blocked four shots and made two of her 19 free throws to send the game into overtime.
Adding freshman Jasmine Powell to the starting lineup along with point guard Jasmine Brunson has helped the Gophers after Destiny Pitts left the team.
Down 57-54, the Gophers outscored the Huskers 13-4 the rest of the way to break a two-game losing streak. Jasmine Powell scored 19 points and Jasmine Brunson added 16 in the win.
Masha Adashchyk, of Belarus, is getting more minutes for the Gophers near the end of her senior year. "I never thought it would happen," she said.
WNBA free agency begins Tuesday. The league's new collective bargaining agreement has thrown both a monkey wrench and some extra cash into the equation.
Sacramento rallied from 27 points down late in the third quarter and 17 down with three minutes left in regulation play before beating the stunned Wolves in overtime.
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.