Join the Gophers at the MN State Fair

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Head coach Marlene Stollings and members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team will join the throngs headed for the "Great Minnesota Get Together" Wednesday, as the squad is scheduled to make its annual appearance at the Minnesota State Fair on the U of M Building stage at 4 p.m. The Gophers will preview the 2014-15 season and participate in a question and answer session. 

The U of M Building is located on Dan Patch Ave., and also houses videos and photos from the 2013-14 athletic season, as well as Golden Gopher merchandise. 

Full Minnesota Women's Basketball State Fair Schedule
12:30 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 1500 ESPN with Mackey and Judd
3:15 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 105 The Ticket with Mike Morris and Bob Sansevere
4 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Gophers on stage at the UofM Building
4:45 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Gophers live on WCCO-TV
5:15 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 1500 ESPN with Patrick Reusse

U22 Series Game 3: USA Wins, Sweeps Canada

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team earned a three-game sweep over Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series with a 3-2 shootout victory in game three on Sunday. The U.S. rallied to tie the game at 2-2, scoring two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime.

With Canada leading 2-0 late in the game, Hannah Brandt redirected a shot by Lee Stecklein on the power play to cut Canada's lead to one. Alex Carpenter then scored the game-tying goal for the U.S. just 29 seconds later. Neither team scored in overtime to send the game to a shootout. Carpenter also scored twice in the shootout to help secure the U.S. victory.

The U.S. won 2-1 and 6-0 in the first two games of the series. Fellow Gophers Milica McMillen and Dani Cameranesi (2G) joined Brandt (1G-3A) and Stecklein (1A) in representing the Maroon and Gold on the U.S. squad. The Gopher quartet combined for seven points in the series, led by Brandt's four points.

Catch up on highlights and tweets from game three of the series.

What They're Saying - Aug. 24

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Five Things You Need to Know (GopherSports)
Looking to build on last season's success (Star Tribune)
Team believes in Leidner (Pioneer Press)
Auction ends today...great items at 50 percent of retail (GopherSports)
Healthy Maye could be offensive weapon (Star Tribune)
#BrickByBrick (GopherSports)
Gophers will play some freshmen (Sid)
Come to a game (MyGopherSports)
Chris Streveler news (Star Tribune and Pioneer Press)
Gophers looking to be more versatile on offense (FSN)

U22 Series Game 2: USA Wins 6-0

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team picked up its second-straight win over Canada in the teams' annual under-22 series, skating to a 6-0 win Friday afternoon. The U.S. scored four goals in the first period and rolled past Canada to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

The line of Dani Cameranesi (2G), Hannah Brandt (3A) and Haley Skarupa (1G-2A) led the U.S. with eight points. Cameranesi's two-goal effort included scoring the game winner just over four minutes into the game. Brandt picked up two assists in the first period before she and Skarupa set up Cameranesi's second goal of the game at 1:54 of the second period.

Fellow Gopher Lee Stecklein was also in the U.S. lineup for game two while Milica McMillen was a scratch at the blue line after playing in game one.

The U.S./Canada series concludes at 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out highlights and tweets from game two of the U-22 series.

Softball Summer Blog #7: Kaitlyn Richardson

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Hello Gopher fans! I have had a fantastic summer. It has been full of family, fun, and coaching.


I left for Arizona a week after our season was over. When I got home I received many congratulations from family and friends who followed our season closely. It was amazing to see all of the support we received throughout this memorable season.  

I was lucky enough to coach for the team I played for when I was in high school. It was a special team and we had 12 seniors that are going to play at major universities this fall. Six of them are going to Big Ten schools and I even got to coach Danielle Parlich, who will be an incoming freshman this fall for us.

Although we traveled to many different cities, I only ventured to Colorado and California with the team. We did well in both tournaments and placed in the top 25 at nationals. It was interesting learning the game through a coach's standpoint.

Even though I was kept busy between practices and tournaments I was able to spend time with my family and do some traveling of my own! Within two weeks of being home, I took off to San Francisco. It was amazing! We went to a Giants game, Six Flags, Union Square, The Cliff House, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39. Thanks to Tyler Walker, we knew all the good spots to go!

After I got back I really took advantage of being home with my family. One of my favorite memories was when my nephew jumped into the pool for the first time by himself! My family is a riot and anytime we are together it is sure to be fun.

Although I had an absolute blast at home, I was excited to return to campus in early August. As soon as I got back I was able to work out, volunteer, and just enjoy being around my team. There is nothing like getting back into the weight room with everyone. We are excited for the upcoming season and to get to know our new teammates September 2nd is right around the corner and we cannot wait to hit the ground running.

Thank you for reading my blog; I can't wait to see you all this season!

Previous Blogs:
Softball Summer Blog #1: Erica Meyer
Softball Summer Blog #2: Erika Smyth
Softball Summer Blog #3: Madie Eckstrom

U22 Series Game 1: USA Tops Canada, 2-1

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team kicked off its three-game series against Canada with a 2-1 victory Thursday night. The U.S. received goals from Dana Trivigno and Shiann Darkangelo, and Alex Rigsby made 26 saves in the win.

Gophers Dani Cameranesi and Hannah Brandt played on the same line, and defensemen Milica McMillen and Lee Stecklein also represented the Maroon & Gold. Stecklein is serving as an assistant captain for the U22 team, joining captain Alex Carpenter and assistant captain Michelle Picard in leading the squad.

The series continues with game two at 4 p.m. CT Friday, and game three is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out game one highlights and tweets below.

What They're Saying - Aug. 22

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Who will replace Mike Henry? Meet the Gopher fullbacks (FSN)
Pirsig ready to show what he can do (Pioneer Press)
Working on the passing game (1500ESPN)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)

What They're Saying - Aug. 21

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Thompson's incredible journey continues (Star Tribune)...
...and he's gotten better at yelling (FSN)
A look at the special teams (GopherSports)
Gophers still working out linebacker depth (Pioneer Press)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Practice photos (GopherGridiron)
Cobb is on another preseason watch list (GopherSports)
Cool stuff that could be yours (GopherSports)


What They're Saying - Aug. 20

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Tight ends are a talented and deep group (GopherSports)
Chris Streveler checks in with his hometown newspaper (Northwest Herald)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Kill knows Eastern Illinois is really good (
Star Tribune)
Only four days left (GopherSports)
Derrick Wells is healthy again (
Ft. Myers News Press)
VIDEO: Leidner ready to go (
Star Tribune)
Maxx Williams could be a game-changer (
Pioneer Press)
Injury update (
Star Tribune and Pioneer Press)

College Colors Day: Fan Appreciation at MOA

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- As part of the University of Minnesota's support for the upcoming College Colors Day, Gopher Hockey student-athletes Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly will participate in a fan appreciation autograph signing this Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Mall of America. 

The duo will greet fans and sign autographs from 1-2 p.m. CT on the first floor, Northeast Corner Concourse of the mall. 

Gopher fans are also encouraged to show their support for the University of Minnesota all next week including the official College Colors Day - Friday, Aug. 29. 

College Colors Day is a day set aside for all universities across the country to engage their fans in wearing their respective school's colors. This year, it has also become a competition where tweets & Instagram posts are being recorded, with points going to the schools. For the University of Minnesota to score points the hashtags: #CollegeColors & #SkiUMah must be used. Learn more at CollegeColorsDay.com.