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The Gophers outscored the Bulldogs 20-9 to close the fourth quarter, then held on in two overtimes at Williams Arena. Mara Braun scored 14 of her 33 points after regulation.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: This is the last of seven straight home games to start the season for Minnesota, and after the UConn game, likely the most challenging.
Plitzuweit has the team playing better defense, but depth could be a problem entering Saturday's game against Drake and beyond.
Grace Grocholski made nine of 14 shots overall and went 5-for-8 on three-pointers. The freshman had 17 points in the first half as Minnesota built an 18-point halftime lead.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: Norfolk State, which is off to a 6-1 record, is a competitive mid-major team the Gophers can't afford to overlook.
Sophie Hart's father sees her finding a rhythm with after not being able to play last season following her transfer from North Carolina State.
Sophie Hart and Mallory Heyer led the way as the Gophers responded after the Seawolves tied the score in the third quarter.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: The Seawolves are the first of three mid-major opponents expected to make the NCAA tournament.
The Minnesota women beat Cal State-Northridge 84-31 for the program's third-largest margin of victory.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: The Gophers were ice-cold shooting against UConn on Sunday, but this should be a chance to heat up.
The Gophers women's basketball team enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge looking to build off a solid defensive showing against UConn.
The crowd at Williams Arena, only the second one bigger than 10,000 since 2007, roared when Paige Bueckers was introduced. The former Hopkins superstar called the experience surreal.
Buzzing with homecoming energy, the Gophers-UConn game reunites longtime friends Paige Bueckers, Amaya Battle and Mara Braun and brings Bueckers back to Minnesota.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: Connecticut's blowout victory over Maryland on Thursday was another reminder of how difficult this test will be for Dawn Plitzuweit's Gophers.
Minnesota raced to a 21-5 start and cruised to victory over North Dakota State. Amaya Battle led the way with a career-high 20 points and nine assists.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: The Gophers lost to North Dakota State last year, so this game should have their full attention, even with UConn coming next.
Freshman center Ayianna Johnson, who scored 19 points in Minnesota's 100-42 win over Chicago State, didn't follow the same path to college basketball as most of her teammates.
Mara Braun scored 23 of her 25 points in the first half, sending Minnesota on its way to a 100-42 victory over Chicago State on Sunday.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: The Gophers beat the Cougars 105-54 last season.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards led the Wolves with 29 and 28 points, respectively, and Minnesota recovered from a sloppy first quarter in San Antonio.
Mara Braun scored 25 points, and Minnesota earned an easy 92-57 victory over Long Island University in Dawn Plitzuweit's debut as coach on a night of firsts.
A 34-9 lead after a quarter and a 35-point win. Shooting 54% led by a core of returning players. But there was one nasty negative that stood out in the season opener against Long Island University.
Dawn Plitzuweit completed her first recruiting class as Gophers coach on Wednesday's national signing day.
Kent Youngblood's analysis: The Gophers can iron out the kinks against a Long Island University team that lost 81-44 to St. John's (N.Y.) on Monday.
Wednesday's opener against Long Island University will be Dawn Plitzuweit's debut and a chance for Nia Holloway and Sophie Hart to take the court after missing last season.
The national signing period opens Wednesday, and Gophers coach Dawn Plitzuweit is expected to sign both of the players who have committed.
The Wolves, led by Karl-Anthony Towns, broke open a tie game with a 15-2 run in the third quarter. Towns finished with 25 points. Anthony Edwards had 31.
Dawn Plitzuweit's attention to detail has helped her win at every level of college basketball. Now, she's looking to bring success to the Gophers, who have struggled through three straight losing seasons.
The Gophers women's basketball team grew to depend on Heyer last season. New coach Dawn Plitzuweit is asking her for even more this season.
Kent Youngblood has the list of top Minnesotans who left the state to star around the country in women's college basketball this season.
After working hard to return after giving birth, the former UConn standout emerged as one of the league's best players.
Over hundreds of hours in the gym, and with some help from Rachel Banham and Mara Braun, the sophomore point guard rebuilt her shooting motion.
Mara Braun continues to gain recognition heading into her sophomore season for the Gophers.
This is the second time Napheesa Collier has been named All-WNBA, and the first time she's been named to the first team.
Gophers women's basketball sophomore Amaya Battle was quick to nickname new coach Dawn Plitzuweit. And the new coach has an interesting description of her team as well.
Iowa star Caitlin Clark will be a focal point Monday along with new Gophers women's basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit. Men's coach Ben Johnson gets his turn Tuesday.
Braun, a Wayzata native who led the Gophers in scoring last year as a freshman, was one of 11 players chosen to the preseason all-Big Ten team.
Paige Bueckers and UConn will take on the Gophers on Nov. 19 at Williams Arena.
Joining Dorka Juhász and Diamond Miller on the team was Aliyah Boston of Indiana, voted the league's top first-year player.
Forward Kyle Anderson spent some anxious moments during the offseason wondering if the injury was career-ending, but surgery was successful and he was able to play for China in the World Cup.
The first official practice for Gophers women's basketball got underway this week, with the team building on bonds established during a summer trip to Europe.
Two of the team's three highest paid players will be back; the other is unhappy and headed out of town. Here's a player-by-player look at the current roster from basketball writer Kent Youngblood.
Napheesa Collier had a career night, but her Lynx teammates didn't provide enough in the 90-75 loss to the Sun in the deciding Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.
Kennedy Klick had a standout prep career at DeLaSalle and Maple Grove and had a chance to be the Gophers' backup point guard this season.
For the sixth-seeded Lynx to upset Connecticut, they'll need to repeat the formula that brought them a surprising victory on the road in Sunday's Game 2.
The Lynx became the first team in league history to lose a game by at least 30 points and win the next game of its playoff series. Will playing Game 3 at Target Center spark a series win that looked improbable?
Napheesa Collier battled through an injury that sent her to the locker room and Kayla McBride hit six three-pointers as the Lynx stormed back from a 30-point loss to Connecticut in the series opener.
The Lynx flipped the script in a big way from Game 1.
The Sun dominated Game 1, and can advance with a victory at their home arena. "We are going to play better," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve declared.
Mara Braun was one of Team USA's leading scorers, as the squad won the FIBA 3x3 Nations League tournament Mongolia, beating China by one point for the title.
The Lynx, making their first WNBA playoff appearance since 2021, were dominated in a road loss to the Sun in Game 1 of a first-round series Wednesday.
Ahead of the WNBA playoffs, the Lynx had three players nab season awards Tuesday from the Associated Press. Napheesa Collier shared her co-Comeback Player of the Year honor with Brittney Griner; Diamond Miller and Dorka Juhász make All-Rookie team.
Connecticut led the league in points allowed, giving up only 79.0 points per game. Minnesota allowed 85.0, which ranked 11th out of 12 teams.
Rookies Diamond Miller and Dorka Juhász will be in the starting lineup for Minnesota, which has to win at least one game on the East Coast to get a home WNBA playoff game.
A 6-1 guard from Minnetonka, Tori McKinney was ranked as the No. 4 in-state recruit by Prep Girls Hoops and the highest-ranked player still available.
Mara Braun is the sort who always needs to be doing something. And that's why the last few months have been so perfect. She's also seeing how playing 3x3 can help her game with the Gophers.
The Lynx are the first WNBA team to reach the playoffs after such a poor start. All it took was the balanced personalities of fiery Kayla McBride and composed Napheesa Colliers.
A victory would have earned the Lynx the No. 5 seed in the WNBA playoffs, but they let the Fever finish on an 18-2 run. "It's a complete lack of focus and intentionality,'' coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Friday night's 92-87 loss in Chicago dropped the Lynx from the fifth seed to sixth behind Atlanta, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Minnesota.
The veteran guard has helped the team to a WNBA playoff berth.
The Lynx could finish anywhere from fourth to seventh in the WNBA with two games left to play.
It's the fourth time the All-Star has been a player of the week as she had three double-doubles for a team that clinched a playoff spot.
Though the Lynx entered Tuesday's matchup with a slight edge in the standings, Washington's 83-72 victory jumped the Mystics from No. 6 to No. 5.
The Lynx lost for the 11th time at Target Center this season, the worst mark for a Cheryl Reeve-coached team.
"We had to withstand a lot to hang on," coach Cheryl Reeve said after the Lynx pulled out a physical rematch against Dallas.
Reeve said the officiating crew Tuesday night needed to be "more in tune with what's going on."
Three fans were ejected near the end of the game after Dallas star Satou Sabally was injured — and then subjected to taunts — near the end of the Lynx's 91-86 win. Coach Cheryl Reeve apologized to the Wings afterward.
The Lynx shot only 35.3% and had trouble protecting the ball against Seattle as they lost 88-74.
Napheesa Collier has battled foul trouble recently, and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says the team's star player needs to be more aware of the officiating crew.
The roster is full of contradictions — youth and experience, returning starters and tons of new faces. The first-year head coach gives her early impressions of the team.
The former Notre Dame standout is averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 assists per game, and her game had been on the upswing after a slow start.
The Lynx took lead after lead only to have the Sky come back. But behind Collier's 29 points on 10-for-18 shooting the Lynx came through in the end.
Both reserves could be available when the team visits Chicago on Tuesday.
New York took control of a nail biter in the fourth quarter, spoiling Napheesa Collier's return from a right ankle injury and a celebration of Lindsay Whalen at Target Center.
The team has upped its game without Olympian Napheesa Collier and had success, a positive as it tries to make the WNBA playoffs.