Though their playing careers as Gophers may be over, the lives of Minnesota women's basketball seniors Kiara Buford, Brianna Mastey, Nicole Mastey and Jackie Voigt are just beginning, as all four recently earned their degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Buford received her bachelor's degree in journalism in December, while Voigt earned her bachelor's degree in sports management in May 2011. Both Buford and Voigt are now working toward a Master's of Education in applied kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management.
Brianna Mastey earned her bachelor's degree in sport management, while her sister Nicole Mastey received her degree in recreation, park and leisure studies this month.
In their time at Minnesota, the quartet combined to earn 12 Academic All-Big Ten honors, two Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards, two Big Ten Sportsmanship Awards and helped the team earn the Gladys Brooks Commitment to Academic Excellence Award.
Listing all of the academic accomplishments of these women does not even begin to credit them for everything they have contributed to the women's basketball program, the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities-area community, and we wish them the best of luck as they take on the world.