The Gophers women's basketball team will try to end a three-game losing streak when it hosts Detroit Mercy at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena.
Three players for Minnesota (4-3) are averaging in double figures: Carlie Wagner at 20.3 points per game, Kenisha Bell at 16.7 and Gadiva Hubbard at 13.0. Wagner's average in the fourth highest in the Big Ten, and she also has made 22 three-pointers. Bell is averaging a conference-high 6.7 assists.
Minnesota is coming off a 75-61 loss to No. 8 Florida State in which the Gophers held the Seminoles to 19 points and 21.1 percent shooting in the second half.
Detroit Mercy (3-4) is coming off two tight games. The Titans beat Delaware 66-64 before losing to George Mason 55-54.
Returning All-Horizon League guard Rosanna Reynolds of Detroit Mercy is averaging team highs of 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. Brianne Cohen, last year's Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year, adds 12.6 points per game.
Last season the Titans set a program record with 234 three-pointers. Haleigh Ristovski (15) and Nicole Urbanick (14) have been their top outside threats this season.
Tommies fall on pitch
St. Thomas lost 2-1 to Tufts of Medford, Mass., in the NCAA Division III men's soccer semifinals in Salem, Va. The Jumbos, who were the 2014 NCAA champions, took a 2-0 lead on goals in the 39th and 61st minutes. Senior Johnny Mulvahill scored off a corner kick for the Tommies (20-2-3) in the 72nd minute.
• Four wrestlers for the Gophers — Mitch McKee, Jake Short, Brett Pfarr and Michael Kroells — advanced to the semifinals of the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas. The Gophers were in third place as a team.
• Southwest Minnesota State defeated Augustana (S.D.) 3-2 in the NCAA Division II Central Region volleyball semifinals at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul led by Eisha Oden's 17 kills. Host Concordia also won, beating Winona State 3-1 behind Anna Schlaak's 18 kills.
• Defender Rashida Beal of the Gophers was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's second All-America team.
• Swimmer Brooke Zeiger of the Gophers won the 400-yard individual medley (4:02.71) at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, breaking her own school record.