What’s next for Gophers women ...

Next key moment: Most likely an invitation to the women’s NIT.

Big Dance? Highly unlikely, even with a 20-10 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Big Ten.

Season so far: Lindsay Whalen’s first season as coach got off to a 12-0 start that included a national ranking, but a 1-8 stretch in the Big Ten followed. A six-game win streak came next, keeping optimism alive. The Gophers needed a good showing in the Big Ten tournament to secure an NCAA tournament at-large bid, and they failed at that.