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 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'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 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, 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   

Gophers Give Thanks

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There are many things to be thankful for every day, but Thanksgiving gives us an entire day to reflect on the most important things to each and every one of us. I am thankful for having an amazing husband, wonderful family and friends and my health and happiness. On top of those things, I am also fortunate enough to have a rewarding profession which allows me to travel to Cancun, Mexico (my first time out of the country!) and spend the holiday with the Golden Gophers women's basketball team.

As the team prepares to open the Cancun Challenge today at 12:00 p.m. against Richmond, the Gophers shared with me what they are most thankful for on this day.  

Rachel Banham, sophomore guard - "I am thankful for my family, friends, food, my health and basketball."
Sari Noga, junior guard - "I am thankful for my friends, family, food, health, my faith and Peter."
Mikayla Bailey, freshman guard - "I am thankful for my family, my grandparents, my team, my health and to be able to play basketball on Thanksgiving with the Gophers."
Leah Cotton, senior guard - "I am thankful for my family, my friends, that I have the opportunity to go to college and to have the opportunity to go to Cancun."
Shayne Mullaney, freshman guard - "I am thankful my family, friends, health and to be able to play basketball in Cancun! And for my puppy dog Tootsie."
Jackie Johnson, freshman forward - "I am thankful my family and friends and all of the people that I have around me and help influence my life. I am also thankful that I am here (in Cancun)."
Kayla Hirt, redshirt freshman, forward - "I am thankful for my friends and family, to be able to play basketball and to be spending Thanksgiving with my team."
Danye Guinn, Director of Operations - "I am thankful for my family."
Kate Taber, Athletic Trainer - "I am thankful for having a job where I am able to have the opportunity to spend a week in paradise."

Get Free Tickets for Best Buy Classic

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will open the 2012-13 season at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10,  vs. Washington State as part of the Best Buy Classic, and fans can catch all of the season-opening action for free in a number of different ways.  

Thanks to the Gophers' tournament sponsor, fans can pick up free tickets to the Best Buy Classic at local participating Best Buy stores from now until Nov. 11.  

Fans can also get free admission to Saturday's game vs. Washington State by bringing in a non-perishable food item to donate to the Gopher Food Drive. Fans that may already have tickets are still welcome to bring in a donation for the food drive, and will receive a raffle ticket for some great prize drawings in exchange for their generosity.    

Saturday is also Military Appreciation Day at the Barn, and members of the armed forces will gain free admission with a valid military ID.