Maya Moore, the Minnesota Lynx star, scored 43 points and had 12 rebounds to lead her Shanxi Flame team to an 89-79 win over Bayi on Thursday in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.
The teams play again on Saturday. The Flame, which has won the WCBA title the past three years led by Moore, is 4-3 this season but has won three of its past four games.
U women face Buckeyes at Ridder
The No. 3-ranked Gophers (15-3, 11-3 WCHA) will host Ohio State (7-13, 3-11) in a two-game series in WCHA women's hockey this weekend. The games start at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ridder Arena.
Minnesota has two long streaks going. The Gophers are 34-0-2 in their past 36 meeting with the Buckeyes and are 23-0-2 in their past 25 games at home. The Gophers beat OSU 7-2 and 11-2 in mid-October in Columbus, Ohio.
• Gov. Mark Dayton reappointed three people to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for three more years: Alexander Rowell of Eden Prairie, Rick Nelson of White Bear Lake and Julie Lunning of St. Cloud.
• The Gophers women's gymnastics team will host Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota is led by senior Lindsay Mable, named the Big Ten's gymnast of the year last season. She was second in the all-around in the conference meet. The Cyclones' top gymnasts is Haylee Young, the Big 12 all-around champion last season.
• The Gophers men's track and field team will host the Northwest Open at noon Saturday at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. The Gophers won 14 titles in the event last year.
• The Gophers men's and women's swimming teams will compete against Hawaii at 3 p.m. today in a dual meet at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex in Honolulu. The teams have been in Hawaii since Jan. 1 on their annual winter training trip.
• The Gopher men's tennis team is No. 23 in the first ITA rankings this year. Last season Minnesota was 21-8 and tied for the Big Ten title. … The Gophers women's tennis team is ranked No. 60.