Golden Gophers and Fans Enjoy "Hoopla"

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Nearly 1,000 people attended Sunday's Hoopla event.Go Gophers!
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The Minnesota women's basketball team entertained nearly 1,000 loyal fans at its annual "Hoopla" event Sunday morning at Williams Arena.

Fans began pouring in the doors of the Barn at 10:30 a.m., and they were able to watch the final hour of the Golden Gophers' scheduled practice, before being treated to a pair of scrimmages.

The first scrimmage pitted Maroon, coached by Kelly Roysland, against Gold, coached by Curtis Loyd, in a six-minute intrasquad event, with Gold able to narrowly defeat Maroon, 10-8. Members of the Gold team were Leah Cotton, Micaella Riche, Kiara Buford, Shonte Clay, Jackie Voigt and Brianna Mastey. The Maroon team was made up Katie Loberg, Rachel Banham, Kionna Kellog, Sari Noga, Nicole Mastey, Alex Ionescu and Amber Dvorak.

In the second scrimmage of "Hoopla", the Golden Gophers took on the scout team, which was coached by Ted Riverso, in a ten-minute showdown. The scout team took an early lead on the Gophers, but a three-pointer by Noga pulled the home team within three points, 16-13, before a basket down low made the game a one-point afair with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Gophers were forced to foul, which sent the scout team to the charity stripe twice in the final seconds of play, and allowed them to seal the, 18IMG_0101.JPG-15, victory.  

Once play was complete, members of the basketball team sat down for a Q&A session, with fans submitting their questions prior to the event. Head coach Pam Borton also took questions from the audience, before "Hoopla" came to a close with the players signing autographs in the lobby.



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