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.

  

Gophers Participate in Big Ten Media Day

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Members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team invaded Chicago for the annual Big Ten Media Day Thursday, with head coach Pam Borton, sophomore Rachel Banham and senior Katie Loberg taking part in the day's activities.

Borton began the event for the Gophers with a press conference early in the morning, where she discussed the excitement surrounding the upcoming 2012-13 season. The head coach also talked about the immediate impact Minnesota's newcomers will have on the team, the leadership of the team as a whole and the return of Banham following the health issues she had been dealing with since July.

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From there, Borton made her way downstairs for an interview with the Big Ten Network, where, she talked about the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the effect it had on her life and how it has impacted women's athletics as a whole, on top of previewing the season.

Banham and Loberg then joined Borton for the one-on-one roundtable, where media members have the opportunity to talk personally with members of all of the Big Ten women's and men's basketball players and coaches.

Taking a break from one-on-one interviews, Banham and Loberg participated in a photoshoot for BTN, before sitting down with the league network for a video interview.

After returning to the International Ballroom to finish their one-on-one interviews, the Gophers called it a day and headed back to Minneapolis! 

    

Big Ten Announces Coverage for Basketball Media Day

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Park Ridge, Ill. - Big Ten basketball fans will have several ways to follow their favorite teams, players and coaches as they participate in Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 25.

For the second-consecutive year, all 24 men's and women's coaches press conferences will be streamed live on BTN.com. Live streaming begins at 8 a.m. CT/9 a.m. ET and is available for free through the Big Ten Digital Network. Visit http://video.btn.com for more information.

Fans can also follow @B1GMBBall and @B1GWBBall on Twitter throughout the day for highlights of the event and are encouraged to use the hash tag #B1GMD to join the conversation.

Transcripts of each coach's press conference will be posted onwww.bigten.org later that day.

-Press release courtesy of the Big Ten Conference

Follow Gophers Live at Big Ten Media Day

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will hit the floor for the first time this season in an exhibition contest vs. Concordia St. Paul in just one short week, but before hitting the hardwood, the Gophers will take part in the annul Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The Gophers will be represented in Chicago by head coach Pam Borton, sophomore guard Rachel Banham and senior forward Katie Loberg. Fans can follow tidbits from the trio's experience throughout the day via the Minnesota Women's Basketball twitter feed (@GophersWBB).

Gopher women's coach Pam Borton will speak in a press conference from 8:50 - 9:00 a.m. CT, while men's coach Tubby Smith will speak from 9:00-9:10 a.m. CT. Transcripts of both press conferences, and possibly video highlights, will be available on www.gophersports.com later on Thursday.

Below is a press release courtesy of the Big Ten Conference.

Park Ridge, Ill. - Big Ten basketball fans will have several ways to follow their favorite teams, players and coaches as they participate in Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 25.

For the second-consecutive year, all 24 men's and women's coaches press conferences will be streamed live on BTN.com. Live streaming begins at 8 a.m. CT/9 a.m. ET and is available for free through the Big Ten Digital Network. Visit http://video.btn.com for more information.

Fans can also follow @B1GMBBall and @B1GWBBall on Twitter throughout the day for highlights of the event and are encouraged to use the hash tag #B1GMD to join the conversation.

Transcripts of each coach's press conference will be posted onwww.bigten.org later that day.

Gophers Participate in Urban Ventures Clinic

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The Golden Gopher women's basketball team participated in an Urban Ventures Clinic for underprivileged youth of South Minneapolis Saturday at the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, which was sponsored by the Urban Stars Athletic Club.

The youth had the opportunity to interact with the Minnesota players, before participating in a basketball clinic in which the Gophers served as coaches.

The program centered on the topic of sports and education and how the combination can contribute to building personal strengths and character.

The state-of-the-art Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center was opened in October of 2007 and includes athletic facilities to house various youth sports leagues throughout the year.

As published on the Urban Ventures website, "our mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty in our community: one person, one family at a time."

Tip-Off Dinner Set for Oct. 29 at Crave

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Join Minnesota head women's basketball coach Pam Borton and her staff as they, along with the Fast Break Club, host the 2012-13 Tip-Off Dinner on Monday, Oct. 29 at Crave at the Galleria. 

The event gives Gopher fans the opportunity to enjoy a delicious 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.

Gophers Unveil Redesigned CoachBorton.com

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University of Minnesota head women's basketball coach Pam Borton unveiled the newly-redesigned CoachBorton.com Tuesday afternoon. The site features photos and video interviews of the 2012-13 squad and also has information for recruits looking to join the Golden Gopher program.

Check out CoachBorton.com today!

Gophers Hold Annual Media Day

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball program held its annual Media Day Friday in the Sports Pavilion Media Room, with members of the Twin Cities media (print, radio and television) coming out to get the scoop on the 2012-13 Gophers.  

Head coach Pam Borton and sophomore captain Rachel Banham participated in Media Day Live on Gophersports.com, before holding their press conference in the media room.

Borton and Banham talked about the excitement surrounding the 2012-13 season, how the newcomers will have an immediate impact on the team and the tough schedule the Gophers have lined up for the season.  

Freshmen Jackie Johnson, Shayne Mullaney and Kayla Hirt also sat down for interviews duing the day.

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A handful of lucky season ticket holders were greeted at their doors by members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team Thursday afternoon, as the Gophers hit the streets to hand-deliver 2012-13 season tickets to some of their most faithful fans.

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The gesture was well received by the Minnesota supporters, an indication that the season-ticket delivery could become a yearly tradition.

Check out the photo gallery from the home deliveries. Charlie the dog was one of the biggest hits on the day! 

Season tickets are still available for the 2012-13 women's basketball season by calling the University of Minnesota Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER. 

Fans can get a first look at this year's women's basketball squad tomorrow night when they join the Gopher men's basketball team in hosting Gopher All-Star Friday Night at Williams Arena. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with autographs set to begin at 7:30 p.m.  

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Join Gopher basketball play-by-play voices Mike Grimm (men's) and Corbu Stathes (women's) as they host the second annual "Media Day Live" broadcast on GopherSports.com this Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Click here to access the live broadcast at 3:30 on Friday.

Mike and Corbu will host a wide variety of guests during the half-hour live broadcast, including head coaches Tubby Smith and Pam Borton, as well as Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe & Andre Hollins from the men's team and Rachel Banham from the women's team.
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Pam Borton will be among the guests at "Media Day Live" Friday on GopherSports.com
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Basketball fans can join in on the action by Tweeting Mike (@MikeGrimm3) and Corbu (@CorbuStathes) questions before the broadcast OR via the live chat feature on our Media Day Live page during the broadcast. Quotes from the broadcast will be live Tweeted from the official accounts of Gopher Basketball, @GopherBBall and @GophersWBB.

Basketball Media Day Live Guest Schedule (times approximate):

3:00 - 3:35: Tubby Smith
3:35 - 3:40: Trevor Mbakwe
3:40 - 3:45: Rodney Williams
3:45 - 3:50: Andre Hollins
3:50 - 4:00: Pam Borton and Rachel Banham

The University of Minnesota men's and women's basketball programs will officially begin the season by hosting "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" on Oct. 12 at Williams Arena. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.; the entire night's schedule is available by clicking here. The Williams Arena doors will open at 7:00 p.m. in preparation for the evening's first event.