Gopher Teammate Trivia

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How much do the Golden Gopher women's basketball players really know about each other? Find out in Gophersports.com's weekly series, Gopher Teammate Trivia!

Hosted by Matt Nelson, this week's edition of Gopher Teammate Trivia has freshman Shayne Mullaney answering questions about fellow freshman Jackie Johnson. Enjoy!

Burst the Barn Sunday vs. Nebraska

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The Gopher women's basketball home contest vs. Nebraska on Sunday is jam-packed with promotions and deals for fans. Any Minnesota fan will be able to find a reason to come out and support the Gophers, who are off to their best start since the 2005-06 season with a 13-4 record.

The Gophers are looking to "Burst the Barn" in the contest at Williams Arena Sunday at 5:00 p.m., with head coach Pam Borton set to donate $1,000 to five different charities should the attendance reach 5,000 fans. The charities looking to benefit from Coach Borton's generosity are the Ann Bancroft Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, Urban Ventures, Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Animal Humane Society.

How can you get in on Sunday's Big Ten women's basketball action? Just $10 buys you:

* 2 Bench Tickets (must order in advance of the game)
* Gopher Meal Deal Ticket - Bench Ticket and $5 Concession Voucher (available for all home games)
* A Great Seat for intense Big Ten basketball action!

Don't forget to wear your favorite white t-shirt, as the team is looking to "White Out" the Barn for the contest!     

Gophers Visit Minnesota Children's Hospital

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team used its extra time during winter break to make a special visit to the Minnesota Children's Hospital on Monday afternoon. The Golden Gophers were guests on Children's TV! Star Studio, which is the hospital's very own in-house TV channel, where they co-hosted BINGO with "The Dude".

Upon arrival, the Gophers were given the rundown on the parts they would play in the show and helped "The Dude" come up with funny introductions for each player. After a quick run through, BINGO began at 1:30 p.m., with members of the team getting introduced individually. Freshman Jane Thompson, senior Katie Loberg and sophomore Rachel Banham each served co-hosts during the three BINGO sessions.

Each session had three winners, with patients (or their family members) calling in live to the studio to check their numbers and confirm their BINGO. Each call was recorded and the winners were each delivered prizes.

Whenever a BINGO was confirmed, the studio turned into a dance party, with the Gophers showing off their best moves in celebration of the winning card.

Following nine dance sessions during the hour, the show was over and the Gophers headed to the back room to sign the studio's Wall of Fame. Other names on the wall included the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio.

The team also go a special visit from one of the patients at the hospital and posed for a quick photo!

Fans can watch the show in its entirety above thanks to the Children's Star Studio! Follow the Children's Star Studio on facebook at facebook.com/ChildrensStarStudio and on Twitter @CHCStarStudioMN.

 

Coaches Luncheon Set for Today at Jax Cafe

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University of Minnesota head women's basketball coach Pam Borton and her staff, in conjunction with the Fast Break Club, will hold their second Coaches Luncheon of the 2012-13 season today at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis. The event is set to get underway at 11:30 a.m.

The Coaches Luncheons serve as a great way for Golden Gopher women's basketball supporters to discuss the season and enjoy great company throughout the year.

Gopher Teammate Trivia

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How much do the Golden Gopher women's basketball players really know about each other? Find out in Gophersports.com's weekly series, Gopher Teammate Trivia!

Hosted by Matt Nelson, this week's edition of Gopher Teammate Trivia has sophomore Rachel Banham answering questions about redshirt freshman Kayla Hirt. Enjoy!

Gophers Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

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Members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team volunteered their time at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, Minn.,  Tuesday afternoon as part of their community service efforts over winter break.

The Gophers filled, sealed and packed food pouches that will be sent to starving children around the world, with each pouch providing enough food for six meals. At the end of the experience, the team was informed of the impact their two hours of work will have on the world, and with the help of a handful of additional volunteers, the Gophers filled 42 boxes of food which is the equivalent of 9,072 meals.

The organization also informed the team that the pouches it put together will provide 25 children with a daily meal for an entire year!

The vision of Feed My Starving Children is to strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.


Gophers' 2012 Blooper Reel

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The Minnesota women's basketball team has filmed numerous videos in 2012 that have been used during home games, on Gophersports.com and on Twitter and Facebook. The end products use the best shots and are always professionally produced, but the Gophers have a lot more fun with the videos than their fans get to see.

With 2012 coming to a close and 2013 on the horizon, Gophersports.com gives fans an inside look at some of the best bloopers from the year. Check out all of the fun that the team experiences behind the scenes!

Gophers Deliver Holiday Cheer

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After spending the afternoon shopping for gifts at Target on Tuesday, members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team delivered packages and holiday cheer to two local families in need on Thursday afternoon.

The Gophers' first stop was in St. Paul, where they were greeted by the family with smiles and joyful tears. Members of the team passed out the gifts and looked on with excitement as each member of the family opened their presents.

After a group photo, the Gophers loaded back into their vehicles and headed to Minneapolis to deliver gifts to their second family. In a special twist, the mother of the three children of the family kept the Gophers' appearance a secret, and were they ever surprised! The four members of the family each opened their gifts and concluded the visit with a photo with the team.

It was so amazing to see the Gophers deliver holiday cheer to these families, and I definitely think that it reminds all of us of the true meaning of the holiday season.

Happy Holidays to your and yours from all of us at Gopher women's basketball!
 

 

Gophers Shop for Families in Need

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On Tuesday afternoon, every member of the University of Minnesota women's basketball program headed to Target to do some holiday shopping. Like a large majority of shoppers in the store, the Golden Gophers were checking items off of their lists and checking them twice, making sure they picked up everything they had anticipated upon arrival. The catch, however, was the team was picking out items for two local families in need this holiday season.

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The Gophers adopted the two families through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities with plans of making their holiday extra special and one that they wouldn't soon forget. Each member of the team walked through the store and carefully and thoughtfully selected items for the families, knowing how much their selections would mean to each person they were buying for. 

Though the gesture itself is incredible, what makes it even more remarkable is the fact that the money used to pay for the gifts was donated by each of the players, along with members of the coaching staff and support staff. Some amazing fans also pitched in for the worthy cause.

The Gophers returned to Williams Arena following their shopping trip to wrap each gift, and will be giving the gifts to the families at their homes on Thursday, Dec. 20, between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

 

    

Gophers Giving Back over Break

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With fall semester classes coming to close, members of the Minnesota women's basketball team will take advantage of their free time over winter break by giving back to families and children in need in the Twin Cities community. In the weeks ahead, the Golden Gophers will be volunteering their time at Feed my Starving Children and the Minneapolis Children's Hospital, and have also adopted two families through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities for the holiday season.

Members of the team will take the families' holiday wish lists to Target on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to buy gifts and will then deliver those gifts to the families before Christmas.

After spending time with their own families over the holidays, the Gophers will get back to work on Tuesday, Jan. 8, hand-packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children that will be shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world at Feed my Starving Children in Eagan, Minn.

The Gophers are also set to visit children at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital on Monday, Jan. 14.

Below you will find a schedule of events in which the Gophers are set to participate:

Tuesday, December 18th: Shop for families though Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Tuesday, January 8th
: Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, Minn.   
Monday, January 14th: Visit the Minneapolis Children's Hospital