The month of October is a busy one for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. From opening the month with their first day of practice to ending it with their first exhibition game, the Gophers' preseason is jam-packed with events and activities. How can fans keep up with all things women's basketball? Here is a Gopher fan guide to October, which will outline all the happenings you should be looking out for!
Oct. 1 - First Day of Practice: The Gophers started the month off in impressive fashion. Check out the coverage from the team's first official practice here.
Oct. 6 - Team Photo Day: Pam Borton and her squad smile for the cameras as they take their annual team picture. Look for it in the lobby of Williams Arena on game days and log on to Gophersports.com to get a behind-the-scenes look of the day.
Oct. 11 - Season Ticket Delivery: Fans should make sure to stick close to their doors on Thursday, as members of the women's basketball team will be hand-delivering tickets to select 2012-13 season-ticket holders between 4:00-6:00 p.m. Will you be one of the lucky few that is randomly selected?
Oct. 12 - Media Day: Members of the media gather at The Barn to get insight on the 2012-13 Golden Gophers and attend Coach Borton's press conference. Tune into Gophersports.com as Mike Grimm and Corbu Stathes host Media Day Live from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 - Homecoming Parade: Once you're done watching Media Day Live, head over to campus to wave at Pam Borton and Tubby Smith as they take part in the Homecoming Parade.
Oct. 12 - Gopher All-Star Friday Night: Make the short walk over to Williams Arena at 7:00 p.m. for Gopher All-Star Friday Night! Serving as the official tip off to the 2012-13 season, Gopher All-Star Friday Night will feature both the men's and women's basketball teams for the first time. Get autographs from your favorite players early in the night, before sitting down to some Gopher basketball action. The Gopher women will be introduced on the court and select players will also be paired up with men's players for a two-ball shooting competition. Once the night's activities come to a close, stick around to get an autograph from Coach Borton and Coach Smith.
Oct. 13 - Open Practice: The Minnesota women's basketball team invites fans to its morning practice which will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sports Pavilion. Complimentary coffee, juice and bagels will be served. Parking will be available on the East Bank in Lot C79 and the East River Road parking garage. In St. Paul, parking is available at the fairgrounds with a complimentary shuttle to campus. | Printable Flyer
Oct. 25 - Big Ten Media Day: Head coach Pam Borton and select players will make the trip to Chicago for the annual Big Ten Conference Media Day, where they will meet with local, regional and national media members. Check out highlights from last year's B1G Media Day here.
Oct. 29 - Tip-Off Dinner: Join Coach Borton, her staff and fellow Gopher fans at Crave at the Galleria for a four-course meal and great company prior to the start of the season. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner scheduled to be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and registration is due by Oct. 22. | Printable Flyer
Oct. 31 - Exhibition vs. Concordia, St. Paul: The 2012-13 Golden Gophers will be in action for the first time when they take on the Golden Bears in a 7:00 p.m. matchup at Williams Arena. Minnesota finished last season with a 19-17 overall record and a 6-10 Big Ten Conference record, while Concordia, St. Paul concluded the year with an 11-17 overall mark and a 8-14 Northern Sun Conference clip. | Complete 2012-13 Schedule.