It's Official! Basketball Season is Finally Here

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After weeks of individual practices and months of anticipation, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team officially opened the 2012-13 season with its first team practice of the year at Williams Arena Monday afternoon.

"It felt great to finally get everyone out on the court together," head coach Pam Borton said. "The team's work ethic was impressive and the players were supportive and encouraging toward one another. We have a very young team this sesason, but I thought that our freshmen did extremely well for their first practice." 

Borton, who is now in her 11th season as the Golden Gophers' head coach, had her squad on the floor beginning at 12 p.m., with her and her coaching staff putting the team through an intense workout of drills and technical work.

"There were a lot of nerves and adrenaline going, but it was a great first day of practice," freshman Shayne Mullaney said. "I have been looking forward to this day for a while, so it was fun for it to actually be here."

Minnesota is only 30 days away from its first exhibition contest vs. Concordia, St. Paul, which is scheduled for Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m., and only 40 days out from its season and home opener vs. Washington State on Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m., which is part of the Best Buy Classic.

Fans will have an opportunity to get their first glimpse at the 2012-13 Gophers on Friday, Oct. 12, when they take part in Gopher All-Star Friday Night in conjuntion with the Minnesota men's basketball team. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for the event, which will be held at Williams Arena.

There is still time to get your season tickets for the year by calling the University of Minnesota Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER.

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