Bell leads all scorers with 21 points and hits her fourth double-double of the season in Sunday's game.
2017-18 • Senior Season:
Played in 32 games with 14 starts • tallied 11 points and seven rebounds against Iowa (1/21) • posted 14 points and seven rebounds vs. Michigan State (1/7) • scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. Eastern Michigan (12/3) • pulled down 10 rebounds vs. VCU (11/16) • opened the season with 11 points against Lehigh (11/11)
2016-17 • Junior Season:
Played in 16 games, starting four, after sitting out the first half of season due to NCAA transfer rules • averaged 5.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game • Academic All-Big Ten • scored 12 points in Gophers debut at Ohio State (12/28), adding 10 rebounds for a double-double • also had a double-double against Michigan State (1/30) with a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds • blocked five shots against Maryland (1/1) and at Michigan (1/15) • pulled down a season-best 11 rebounds at Indiana (1/4).
At Iowa State:
Started 12 of the Cyclones’ first 15 games in the 2015-16 season • was averaging 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds • had a team-high 34 blocks during ISU’s 11-4 start • 10th on the Cyclones’ career blocks list with 70 at the time of her departure • as a freshman in 2014-15, made 25 starts and was named Big 12 freshman of the week three times • averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks • scored 25 points in her collegiate debut and notched nine games scoring in double figures.
A 2014 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School • the 2014 Pioneer Press Girls Basketball Player of the Year • nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game and for Minnesota’s Miss Basketball Award • averaged 25.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game as a senior • also averaged a double-double as a junior • Mississippi 8 Conference MVP • set school season records for points, rebounds, field goals and blocks • also posted single-game records of 42 points, 17 field goals and 15 blocks during her prep career • played AAU ball for the Minnesota Stars, where she was a teammate of fellow Gopher Carlie Wagner.
Born Sept. 20, 1995 • daughter of Kendall and Carrie Fernstrom • has two brothers, Jake and Joe • intends to major in human resource development.
Staples Added to 2018 Recruiting Class
5/9/2018 - W. Basketball
Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen announced the addition of 5-10 guard Mercedes Staples to the team’s 2018 recruiting class Wednesday.
Whalen Finalizes Staff with O'Banion
5/2/2018 - W. Basketball
Minnesota head coach Lindsay Whalen finalized her coaching staff Wednesday with the announcement of the return of Danielle O'Banion as assistant coach.
Wagner, Wiebke Earn B1G Medal of Honor
4/30/2018 - W. Basketball
Wagner and Wiebke were presented with their awards at the 12th annual Golden Goldys on Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium.