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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS — A career-high 21 points from senior Annalese Lamke and a double-double from junior Taiye Bello complemented a strong defensive effort as the Minnesota women’s basketball team (1-0) captured an 70-47 win over New Hampshire (0-1) in the head coaching debut of Lindsay Whalen Friday night.

The announced crowd of 14,625 was a program record, surpassing the previous high of 14,363 set during Whalen’s senior season in 2004. Four of the top five marks in team history have now occurred with Whalen as either a player or coach.

Minnesota has now won 10 straight season openers and 17 of its last 18 such games. The team has also prevailed in 19 straight home openers.

After scoring 18 points all of last season, Lamke scored 17 alone in the second half and posted her 21 Friday night on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting. In addition to career highs in points, field goals made and field goals attempted, she also added a career-high three made throws, five rebounds and two steals.

Bello scored 10 points in the first half and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. Minnesota has not lost when she’s recorded a double-double. She also had a career-high five blocks.

Senior Kenisha Bell also reached double figures for Minnesota as she tallied 17 points to go along with eight assists, five rebounds and four steals.

As a team, the Gophers shot 44.6 percent from the floor, highlighted by a 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) effort in the fourth quarter.

Playing New Hampshire for the first time ever, Minnesota outscored the Wildcats 16-11 in the first quarter and led 31-20 at halftime after limiting them to just nine points in the second quarter. The 20 points allowed by the Gophers was lower than in any half last season. For further context, only three times last season did the Gophers hold an opponent to less than 10 points in any given quarter. Friday they did it in consecutive quarters.

The lead stood at 14-11 for Minnesota with 3:27 to go in the first quarter, but the Gophers held the Wildcats without a field goal for the next 7:49. It was all part of a 13-2 run that put Minnesota squarely in control, thanks in part to a 7-0 span within the spurt.

The strong defensive effort continued in the second half as the Wildcats were again held to just nine points in the third quarter. New Hampshire cut the lead to single digits at 34-25 with 7:25 to play in the third, but Minnesota countered with a 9-0 run to put the game away. The lead grew to as many as 27 in the fourth quarter.

Highlighting the defensive effort, the 47 points scored by New Hampshire were the fewest by a Minnesota opponent since an 80-46 win over Rutgers on Feb 11, 2017.

The Wildcats were held to under 33 percent shooting from the floor and under 30 percent from 3-point range. The Gophers also forced them into 19 turnovers.

Minnesota returns to action next Wednesday as it travels to Xavier for the Golden Gophers’ first road game of the season.

MEN’S HOCKEY
MADISON, Wis. – A fortuitous 74 seconds saw the No. 14/16 Gopher Hockey program find the net three times to rally for a 3-2 win over No. 20 Wisconsin on Friday night as Bob Motzko and the Maroon & Gold opened Big Ten play with a Border Battle win at the Kohl Center.

Minnesota (2-3-1 overall, 1-0-0-0 Big Ten) tallied seven points in the win from seven different skaters including first career points from freshman forward Blake McLaughlin (an assist) and freshman forward Ben Brinkman (a goal). The Gophers have now won six of the last seven games at the Kohl Center while the Maroon & Gold are 7-1-1 in Madison since the start of the 2014-15 season.

After Wisconsin (4-5-0, 0-1-0-0) opened the game with two goals, Minnesota rallied with three goals in 74 seconds in the middle of the second period. Brinkman started the rally with his first career goal at 9:20 with assists coming from Jack Sadek and Sampo Ranta. The Badgers were also called for a penalty on the goal, and Rem Pitlick capitalized on the advantage 21 seconds later with his third tally of the season. Tyler Sheehy set up the power-play goal as Minnesota has now earned a power-play goal in four-straight games.

Just under a minute later, Ryan Norman notched the eventual game winner for his first goal of the season at 10:34 with an assist from McLaughlin.

Wisconsin opened the night with a goal from Brock Caufield at 9:37 of the first period before adding to the lead at 4:00 of the second period with a tally from Wyatt Kalynuk. The two-goal lead wouldn’t last, however, and Minnesota shut the door for the final 36 minutes of regulation.

Mat Robson picked up the win for the Maroon & Gold with 30 saves, moving to 2-2-1 on the year. Daniel Lebedeff suffered the loss for Wisconsin, making 24 saves and falling to 2-2-0.

The Gophers and Badgers close out this weekend’s Border Battle series in Madison on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
AUBURN, Ala. – An overcast afternoon could not rain on Minnesota soccer’s parade as the Gophers captured their first post season road win in program history defeating Auburn, 2-0. Minnesota (12-8-2) found their stride in the second half scoring on a pair of set pieces while Auburn (12-6-2) outshot the Gophers by a narrow 10-9 margin.

“First of all, thank you to Auburn for being such great hosts. The people were super nice and made us feel right at home, it was a fantastic field and what a team,” said Head Coach Stefanie Golan. “We knew we were in for a battle when we came, and it clearly was a battle through the course of the game. We finished on two set pieces, which we train set pieces like crazy and we were able to make the most out of those.”

After second half adjustments, Minnesota came out strong offensively putting pressure on the Auburn back line. There was no better time than in the 61st minute for senior defender Emily Peterson to chip in her first collegiate goal. April Bockin set up the free kick from 24 yards out before placing it perfectly inside the 18 where Peterson tapped it in breaking her 3,500 plus minute scoring drought.

Looking for one more goal to seal the deal, Minnesota capitalized on a second set piece in the 80th minute. Bockin’s corner made it in front of the net where Emily Heslin flicked it back to Megan Gray for the finish.

In a multi-assist performance, Bockin now has 27 career assist to move up to third all-time in program history.

A fairly even first half sent both teams into the locker rooms scoreless while Auburn held the shooting edge 5-4. Maddie Nielsen set the tone picking up two early saves before Minnesota could go the other way to fire off the final two shots of the half in the 20th and 22nd minute.

Nielsen, picking up her fourth-consecutive shutout, fell one save short of tying her career-high with five.

Advancing to the second round for the second time in three seasons, the Gophers will hit the road to face the winner of the UCLA/San Jose State match up on Friday, Nov. 16 at a time and place to be determined.

VOLLEYBALL
The No. 3 University of Minnesota volleyball team topped Indiana in straight sets (25-12, 25-17, 25-22), tonight in front of a sold out 5,599 crowd. The Gophers move to 15-0 in the Big Ten and 21-2 overall. With the loss, the Hoosiers drop to 15-11 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten. With the win tonight, Minnesota ties their longest win streak and Big Ten win streak.

Regan Pittman put up a team-high 11 kills and hit .350. Stephanie Samedy had 10 kills, hit .526 and recorded four blocks. Taylor Morgan followed with nine kills and hit .533. Adanna Rollins lead the team and set a new career high with 16 digs while chipping in seven kills. CC McGraw had 15 digs and Lauren Barnes had 12 in the back row. Samantha Seliger-Swenson put up 36 assists in the win.

Following the match, the Gophers honored its seniors Swenson, Sophie Beckley and Kayla Buford.

The Gophers are back in action tomorrow night as the face No. 12 Purdue at 7:30 p.m to close out the regular home season.

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