Kaitlin Merkel


Dynamic scoring duo leads team

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings isn’t shy about the fact that redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham and sophomore guard Carlie Wagner are the team’s two keys on offense this season.     “It’s like Carlie and Rachel get thei

Banham leads furious second-half rally

Led by 25 second-half points from redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham, the Gophers women’s basketball team completed a 16-point comeback after halftime on Tuesday night to defeat Illinois 82-77 at Williams Arena.

Lamke earns starting spot at center for Gophers

When Gophers freshman center Annalese Lamke heard about head coach Kathi Bennett’s resignation at the University of Northern Illinois last April, she moved on from her commitment to the school.  

Bailey’s late three defeats Hoosiers

The Gophers nearly lost three games in a row for the first time under head coach Marlene Stollings, but Mikayla Bailey came up with a late three to lift the team over Indiana.  

Guards hitting rebounding goals

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings issued a challenge to her guards before the start of the season.   She asked her starters to average six rebounds per game, even though no guard had more than five per game last season.   “[Rebounding will] be a constant focus of our team. We have to be committed to it.

Hedstrom’s role growing

Gophers junior guard Joanna Hedstrom is finally seeing more time on the court than on the bench. Hedstrom has played in all seven games this season, starting three and averaging 24.4 minutes per game.