Trio of Gophers scored double digits in the Gophers 78-50 win over the Illini.
Minnesota has one remaining non-conference game before opening Big Ten play.
Minnesota has agreed to new contract terms with Richard Pitino, Marlene Stollings and Jessica Allister
|2014-present - Minnesota
|Head Coach (23-10 Record)|
|2012-14 - VCU
|Head Coach (33-29 Record)|
|2011-12 - Winthrop
|Head Coach (18-13 Record)|
|2010-11 - Ole Miss
|Associate Head Coach|
|2007-10 - Ole Miss
|2005-07 - Saint Louis
|2003-04 - Wright State
|2002-03 - New Mexico State
|Interim Head Coach|
|2001-02 - New Mexico State
|2000-01 - Jacksonville
|BY THE NUMBERS|
Three Gophers have been drafted into the WNBA under Stollings' watch
Minnesota has had Big Ten Players of the Year in both Stollings' watch
The 2015-16 Gophers scored a program-record 83.6 points per game
Minnesota made a school-record 292 3-pointers in 2015-16
The Gophers' 23 wins in 2014-15 were the most in 10 years
Minnesota has scored 90-plus points 16 times under Stollings
Named Big South Conference Coach of the Year in her first season as a head coach
Her 41 points scored in a single game remains a program-record at Ohio University
Stollings scored 3,514 points at Beaver-Eastern High School, the most points by any boy or girl in Ohio high school basketball history
February 19, 2014 was declared Marlene Stollings Day in Pike County, Ohio
|Club ABB Baden (Switzerland), 1998-99|
|Ohio University, 1995-98|
|Ohio State University, 1993-95|
|Ohio University, 1998|
|B.B.A in Marketing|
|Ohio University, 1998|
|B.S. in Sport Industry|
|Beaver-Eastern High School, 1993|
Marlene Stollings’ first two seasons at Minnesota have seen the Golden Gophers set records, produce three draft picks and receive national recognition. Stollings became the second-fastest coach in Minnesota women’s basketball history to reach 40 wins and holds a 43-22 record at Minnesota.
In 2014-15, Stollings had one of the best seasons of any first-year head coach in program history. She led the Gophers to a 23-10 record (11-7 Big Ten) and to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.
In 2015-16, Minnesota went 20-12 (11-7 Big Ten) and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. For the first time in seven years, the Gophers turned in back-to-back winning conference records. Minnesota beat No. 5 Ohio State to notch its first win over a top-five opponent in 11 years.
Under Stollings’ watch, the Gophers set new program records in 2015-16 by making a Big Ten-leading 292 3-pointers, averaging 83.6 points per game (2,676 points total) and making 986 field goals. Minnesota boasted the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense, and the No. 1 scoring duo in guards Rachel Banham and Carlie Wagner.
Banham compiled a prolific senior season as the consensus Big Ten Player of the Year. She averaged a school-record 28.6 points per game, including a Big ten-record 30.5 points per conference game. Banham, an All-American and Wooden Award top-five finalist, was selected fourth overall in the WNBA Draft.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
A Gopher has claimed Big Ten Player of the Year and All-America recognition in each of Stollings’ first two seasons at Minnesota. In 2015 Amanda Zahui B. became Minnesota’s first Big Ten Player of the Year since 2002 and first All-America First Team selection since 2005. Rachel Banham earned the honor in 2016 before collecting multiple All-America laurels.
Both Zahui B. and Banham made the John R. Wooden final ballot, with Banham traveling to Los Angeles for the award show as a top-five finalist. Both were in contention for the Naismith Trophy and Wade Trophy. Banham was a Dawn Staley Award finalist as one of the nation’s top guards, and Zahui B. was an All-Big Ten Defensive Team choice.
Minnesota had two 2015 All-Big Ten First Team representatives, as Shae Kelley joined Zahui B. on the roster. Carlie Wagner collected All-Freshman conference honors in 2015, and All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2016.
In 2014-15 Stollings was nominated for espnW’s Midseason Coach of the Year Award, and the Gophers were named espnW’s Midseason Surprise for their play following Banham’s injury.
The Gophers have thrived academically, as Joanna Hedstrom, Shayne Mullaney and Carlie Wagner claimed three of five spots on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 Team. Mullaney also earned the honor in 2015. Gophers have collected nine Academic All-Big Ten certificates under Stollings.
WNBA DRAFT PICKS
Minnesota has produced two top-four draft picks under Stollings, and the 2015 WNBA Draft marked the first time the Gophers had multiple players selected in the same year. Amanda Zahui B. was chosen second overall by the Tulsa Shock, and Shae Kelly went 35th to the Minnesota Lynx, with whom she would win a WNBA Championship ring later in the year.
The next year, Banham was drafted fourth overall by the Connecticut Sun. Both Zahui B. and Banham were the first Big Ten prospects picked in their respective drafts. Minnesota was one of only two schools in the country with a first round pick in both 2015 and 2016.
FAST-PACED OFFENSE, RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCES
Stollings is known for infusing a fun and fast-paced style of play into her programs, and her first two seasons at Minnesota were no exception. The Gophers averaged 76.2 points per game in 2014-15, their highest average since the 2002-03 season and fifth-highest all-time.
They shattered the school record with 83.6 points per game in 2015-16, ranking fourth in the country. Minnesota broke program records with 10 90-point games, which included five 100-point games. Minnesota has set new records for points, field goals and 3-pointers in both seasons under Stollings.
Rachel Banham’s 28.6 points per game (914 points total) and 119 3-pointers in 2015-16 set program records. She tied an NCAA record with 60 points at Northwestern, and set a Minnesota record with 10 3-pointers at Illinois. She combined with Carlie Wagner (18.9 points per game) to score the most points of any duo in the country
Individual season records set during the 2014-15 season included Shayne Mullaney’s assists average (7.5), and Amanda Zahui B.’s blocks (135), rebounds (426) and defensive rebounds (299).
In 2013-14, VCU's offensive production surged under Stollings' system, as the team set school records with a 75.8 points-per-game average and 235 three-point field goals. The Rams twice notched a school-record 112 points over the course of the year.
At Winthrop, Stollings' team averaged a program-record 69.6 points per game, ranked 10th nationally with an average of 7.6 three-point field goals per game and posted 80 or more points a school-record nine times.
MORE MINNESOTA NOTABLES
Stollings was named Minnesota women’s basketball’s 11th head coach on April 7, 2014. In the first year under her guidance, the Gophers vaulted back into the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in nine years. Their No. 21 ranking on Dec. 20 was their highest spot in the AP Poll in nine seasons.
Stollings led Minnesota to its best-ever 18-game start, opening the season with a 16-2 mark. Her 14-1 start tied the best 15-game record by a first-year coach. Stollings is the program’s only first-year coach to start 3-0 in conference play, and to post two 100-plus-point games.
Minnesota’s 23 wins in 2014-15 were the most wins in 10 years, and its 11 Big Ten wins were the most in six years. The Gophers’ 22 regular-season wins were the second-most in program history.
The Gophers’ 10-game winning streak from Nov. 29, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015 was their best since 2003-04. Minnesota’s six straight true road wins from Nov. 23 to Jan. 15 were its most in a row since 2002-03, and tied for fourth-most in the NCAA during that time. In 2015-16, the Gophers won eight of nine games between Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, their best Big Ten winning stretch in 10 years. This included the first back-to-back triple-digit scoring games in program history.
HISTORY OF TURNAROUND SUCCESS
Prior to her arrival in Minneapolis, Stollings spent two successful years at VCU where she led the Rams in one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2013-14. The team posted a 22-10 overall record and earned a berth in the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). VCU's 22 wins were the third-most in program history and gave the Rams just their sixth 20-win season in school history. Stollings was 33-29 overall at VCU.
Before VCU, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season (18-13) in the last 26 years of the program. She was selected 2012 Big South Conference Coach of the Year in her first year as a collegiate head coach. Stollings guided Winthrop to more than 40 team and individual school records. Her 18 wins were the most by any first-year coach in program history.
EARLY COACHING DAYS
Prior to joining the Eagles, Stollings served as an assistant at Southeastern Conference power Ole Miss from 2007-11, while serving the final season as the Rebels' associate head coach. Her more than decade-long coaching and recruiting career also includes stops at Saint Louis, Wright State, New Mexico State and Jacksonville (Fla.).
ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL
During her career, Stollings has seen tremendous success on the recruiting trail. Her first signee at Minnesota was highly-recruited transfer Shae Kelley, who went on to earn All-Big Ten recognition and be selected in the WNBA Draft.
Shortly after being named head coach at VCU, Stollings assembled a six-player recruiting class that ranked 38th nationally and third-highest among non-BCS programs. Included among that recruiting class was Camille Calhoun, a guard/forward who was listed as a four-star recruit and among the top 100 recruits in the country.
As an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Stollings helped sign the 2009 class, arguably the best recruiting class in nearly 30 years, including Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year and Mississippi Miss Basketball Valencia McFarland. Ole Miss had two additional classes ranked in the top-50 in 2010 (42nd) and 2011 (39th), during her tenure with the Rebels.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Prior to pursuing a career as a college coach, Stollings played one season professionally for Club ABB Baden in Switzerland. While playing professionally in Europe, Stollings coached a men's club team to an undefeated season. She was later invited to the WNBA's Utah Starzz training camp in 1999, and also played for the NWBL Mobile Majesty.
Stollings, who was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2015, began her collegiate playing career at Ohio State University. She was a two-time scholar athlete for the Buckeyes. Stollings then transferred to Ohio University where she earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors after finishing eighth in the nation and leading the league in scoring at 22.9 points per game her senior year. She served as team captain for the Bobcats and earned Kodak All-American honorable mention honors in 1998. Stollings remains in the Ohio record books with 10 three-point baskets and 41 points scored in a single game.
Considered one of the finest scorers to ever play in the basketball-rich state of Ohio (Beaver-Eastern HS), Stollings was a two-time Division III High School Player of the Year and four-time conference Player of the Year. She earned Kodak All-American honors her senior season and her name currently appears more than 30 times in the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) record books. Stollings still holds the state high school basketball scoring record (boys and girls) with 3,514 points, ahead of LeBron James' 2,657.
A native of Beaver, Ohio, Stollings graduated in 1998 from Ohio University where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in marketing and a bachelor of science degree in sport industry.
Gophers Rally Behind Wagner, Bell In Win
Trio of Gophers scored double digits in the Gophers 78-50 win over the Illini.
Courtside with Jasmine Brunson
GopherSports.com spoke with the freshman point guard as spring semester started at the U of M.
Game Preview: Illinois
The Gophers and Illini will meet at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Minnesota has beaten Illinois twice in a row.