Minnesota is undefeated at home.
With the extra conference point won in a shootout after a 3-3 tie Friday night and a 2-1 Saturday, Minnesota sits on top of the conference standings, tied with Penn State, who they will face next weekend.
The Gophers softball team picked up another pair of wins over the weekend in the ESPN St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, a four-game series against some of the top teams in the country.
Minnesota was in position to secure a much-needed victory in front of a sold-out home crowd. Instead, a late offensive slump proved costly as victory slipped away from the Gophers against No. 21 Iowa.
A two-time national champion, assistant coach Geralen Stack-Eaton is putting her expertise to use for the Gophers.
Gadiva Hubbard reached 1,000 career points in the loss.
With six underclassmen regularly starting for Minnesota in duals, the future is bright. The Gophers aren't overlooking the present, however, and with the NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota believes they can make a run this year.
"I think we’re in good spirits," senior captain Tyler Nanne said. "You can't dwell on the losses, we had something good going there for a few weeks, and we still have a great second half of the season."
Freshman Jasmine Powell averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in the last five games.
With Eric Curry out with an injury, forward Alihan Demir has stepped up to bring the Gophers stability in the paint.
Minnesota played five games in the NFCA Division One Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida over the weekend, winning three games.
The No. 6 Gophers hosted and beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 196.825-196.175 on Saturday, winning their fourth-straight meet to improve to 4-1 this season.
After dropping to fourth in the national rankings, the Gophers returned to form by beating Bemidji State 4-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday.
Behind strong performances from the underclassmen, the No. 10-ranked Gophers men’s gymnastics team took care of No. 17 Washington Huskies on Friday at Maturi Pavilion.
The Gophers split the weekend series with Michigan State, falling short of climbing to the top of the Big Ten.
After falling to an early deficit, the Gophers couldn't catch up to No. 2 Penn State.