The Gophers women’s basketball team has gone from a team that tried to outscore opponents last season to, in Lindsay Whalen’s first season as coach, one that tries to stop other teams. Here is a comparison of a few key defensive statistics from last season vs. this season so far.

Stat 2017-18 (natl. rank) 2018-19 (rank)

Opp. points/game 74.8 (332nd) 53.1 (13th)

Opp. points per 100 poss. 97.2 (263rd) 74.2 (6th)

Opp. FG percentage 42.4 (285th) 33.8 (16th)