The women’s swimming and diving team will go into their next meets with momentum. No. 20 Minnesota finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Championships on Feb.
The second-highest score of the season from the Gophers wasn’t enough for a win on Saturday. Minnesota fell 197.150-196.075 on the road to No. 11 Denver on Feb.
Guard Akeem Springs taught young basketball players a valuable lesson Wednesday – always follow your shot. Springs missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer for Minnesota, but got his own miss and laid it in to secure a 75-74 victory over Indiana. “I told Akeem Springs: ‘when you’re [1-11], you better follow your shot, because you knew you were going to miss it,’” said head coach Richard Pitino.
The Gophers knew they needed to rely on two of their leading scorers from last season – guard Nate Mason and power forward Jordan Murphy – to have success this year. Those two players brought Minnesota out of its six-game losing streak. Mason has scored double-digit points three times during Minnesota’s three-game winning streak.
The Gophers utilized their opponent’s weakness — 3-point shooting — Saturday in a 72-63 victory over Rutgers (13-13, 2-12 Big Ten). Minnesota (18-7, 6-6) defeated the Scarlet Knights, who shot 45.5 percent from the line and 21.4 percent from behind the arc, on the road.
Studying neuroscience at a university or competing as a Division I athlete could be strenuous tasks for any student. Junior Yaroslav Pochinka excels at both.
The Gophers coughed up their 11-point halftime lead and saw themselves in a tie game to the Hawkeyes with under a minute left, and yet another blown lead looked imminent for Minnesota. Power forward Jordan Murphy’s career game was what flipped the script Wednesday. Murphy scored a career-high 25 points as Minnesota defeated Iowa 101-89 in a double-overtime thriller at Williams Arena. “The most proud I've been of our guys,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
Justin Karstadt was nearly perfect in the Gophers’ defeat of the Huskers Saturday. Karstadt stuck three dismounts in his all-around performance, which earned him Most Outstanding Gymnast of the meet in Minnesota’s 400.750-396.700 victory over Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion. “This is the first time [Karstadt] has done the all-around since the Windy City,” said head coach Mike Burns.
Fans of Gophers basketball had something to cheer about for the first time in 24 days Saturday. Minnesota (16-7, 4-6 Big Ten) snapped its five-game losing streak with a 68-59 victory over Illinois (13-11, 3-8 Big Ten) Saturday in Champaign, Illinois. “Losing five in a row was very annoying and very tough on us,” center Reggie Lynch told reporters Saturday.
Jalon Stephens is a man of many talents. In addition to making adjustments to his repertoire on the gymnastics floor, he has another passion as well – he can sing.