Sports en Column: Next stretch of games season defining for Minnesota By: <a href="/users/dmizutanimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Dane Mizutani</a><br/><p>Don&rsquo;t look now, Gophers fans, but the Minnesota men&rsquo;s basketball team won two of its last three games in conference play following a 0-5 start in Big Ten play.</p> <p>Beginning with Wednesday&rsquo;s matchup at Penn State, the next three games for the Gophers will be incredibly winnable and of dire importance.</p> <p>After this stretch of matchups, Minnesota goes on the road for four of its next five games. Those matchups include Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Basketball Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:01:37 +0000 89446 at Minnesota aims to cut down on turnovers By: <a href="/users/mgreenstein" title="View User Profile">Matt Greenstein</a><br/><p>Just more than a year ago, Penn State assistant coach Fred Chmiel watched the Lady Lions trample the Gophers 83-53.</p> <p>Chmiel &mdash; now an assistant coach at Minnesota &mdash; will watch the two teams play again on Wednesday from the opposite sideline.</p> <p>&ldquo;We all are here right now. We all are Gophers,&rdquo; redshirt sophomore Amanda Zahui B. said jokingly.</p> <p>Last time the teams played, the Gophers suffered. They turned the ball over 21 times.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Basketball Marlene Stollings Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:56:07 +0000 89445 at Konaté shows his raw potential By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>When Bakary Konaté visited Minnesota as a recruit to watch the Gophers play Illinois last February, he was in for a surprise.</p> <p>Konaté met Richard and Rick Pitino in Wichita, Kan., a few months earlier while enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy under the assumption the father-son duo was recruiting him together &mdash; not for separate schools.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Basketball Recruit Richard Pitino Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:53:51 +0000 89444 at Column: Blame Big Ten for Minnesota’s destruction By: <a href="/users/dnelson" title="View User Profile">David Nelson</a><br/><p>When it rains, it pours. But in the case of the Minnesota men&rsquo;s hockey team, it has reached the point where players and coaches need to start building an ark.</p> <p>It might already be too late for that.</p> <p>Amid a season in which fans have watched their beloved team go from No. 1 to unranked, different reasons have been thrown out to try to diagnose the problem ailing the 11-9-2 Gophers.</p> <p>Puck movement? Spacing? Scoring? Coaching? Defense?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:09:11 +0000 89424 at With Banham out, Kelley steps in to lead By: <a href="/users/mgreenstein" title="View User Profile">Matt Greenstein</a><br/><p>The North Dakota-dominated crowd became silent.</p> <p>With 8:25 left on the clock until halftime, <a href="">Gophers</a> senior guard and captain Rachel Banham writhed in pain, holding her knee as fellow senior Shae Kelley watched helplessly.</p> <p>Head coach Marlene Stollings later announced Banham, the team&rsquo;s star, would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.</p> <p>With Banham down, both Kelley and redshirt sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. have been forced to step up.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Basketball Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:56:22 +0000 89423 at Hometown star excels at the University By: <a href="/users/gdonaldmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Donald</a><br/><p>After playing five years of varsity hockey, Gophers captain Rachael Bona has acquired many admirers in her hometown of Coon Rapids, Minn.</p> <p>And now, when young Cardinals say they look up to Bona, they can literally look up and see her No. 7 jersey hanging in the rafters at the Coon Rapids Ice Center.</p> <p>Last month, Bona&rsquo;s high school&rsquo;s athletics department honored her before a varsity game, retiring her jersey and cementing her legacy as one of the best players to wear a Coon Rapids jersey.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:54:38 +0000 89422 at Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship 2015- St. Paul Brooklyn Park native Matt Johnson takes on Downhill Ice Skating Championship in St. Paul. Music Credit: &quot;305&quot; by Approaching Nirvana <br/> Sports Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:09:26 +0000 89408 at North Star College Cup & The Beanpot By: <a href="/users/skraemermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Sam Kraemer</a><br/><p>Fans who attended the North Star College Cup on Friday and Saturday saw quality hockey, even though the tournament is only in its second year.</p> <p>Three of the four participating schools &mdash; including No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato &mdash; headed into the tournament nationally ranked. Bemidji State won the championship as the lone unranked school.</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s a model the North Star College Cup should follow, it&rsquo;s the annual Beanpot tournament in Boston.</p> <p><strong>The &lsquo;State of Hockey&rsquo;</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Don Lucia WCHA Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:58:08 +0000 89398 at Minnesota splits, falls in kick off By: <a href="/users/dnelson" title="View User Profile">David Nelson</a><br/><p>The Minnesota men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s tennis teams went up against top competition at the ITA Kick-Off over the weekend in the hope of extending their undefeated records to open their 2015 campaigns.</p> <p>Save for a men&rsquo;s vicotry against Michigan, the teams seemingly couldn&rsquo;t keep up with their talented opponents.</p> <p>The women&rsquo;s team opened its weekend against No. 3 North Carolina, losing the competition by a final score of 4-0.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Tennis Women's Tennis Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:56:40 +0000 89394 at Gophers fall short in NC By: Danny Chen<br/><p>The Gophers entered their meet against North Carolina State this weekend undefeated &mdash; they had won six consecutive dual meets.</p> <p>But that came to an abrupt halt, as the Wolfpack beat the Gophers 199-154.</p> <p>Junior Kierra Smith had first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley.</p> <p>But her performance wasn&rsquo;t enough to boost the rest of the team in the meet, which was its first after the winter break.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swimming & Diving Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:55:19 +0000 89392 at