Gophers Mentor Girls at Maplewood Middle School

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Members of the Minnesota women's basketball team took time out of their busy schedules recently to mentor girls at nearby Maplewood Middle School.

During the outing, nearly 100 middle school girls were split up into small groups, where the Golden Gophers were able to tell the individual stories of how they became involved in basketball and how they balance their school work, personal time and athletics.

"This event was great," guard Rachel Banham said. "We got to bond with a lot of young girls. It was really fun. I got a lot of questions about basketball and a lot of questions about school and everything they have to do to be successful. It was a great experience."

The experience is one of many that Minnesota women's basketball players were able to experience this season, as the Gophers concluded the 2011-12 academic year with the second-highest average of community service hours among the school's 23 athletic programs.

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