July 3, 2013
The Minnesota Lynx announced today that Sunday's game against the Phoenix Mercury will be Gopher Night. As part of the night, the Lynx will recognize the successes of four University of Minnesota women's programs, including the hockey, gymnastics, volleyball and basketball teams for their seasons this past year.
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team won its second consecutive NCAA title, finishing the year with a perfect 41-0-0 record, the first perfect season in NCAA women's ice hockey history. The squad, which extended its overall winning streak to 49 consecutive games, finished the season outscoring opponents 216-36 en route to earning a number of individual achievements, including: the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year (Brad Frost), Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year (Amanda Kessel), Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner (Kessel), three All-Americans and seven All-WCHA Team honorees.
The Gopher women's gymnastics team (29-13) finished its most successful season in program history, ranking eighth nationally after placing eighth at the NCAA Championships. The team tied with Michigan for the inaugural Big Ten regular season title, finishing third at the Big Ten Championships. Three Gopher gymnasts were named First Team All-Big Ten, the most Minnesota gymnasts on the First Team since 2004, while two were selected to the Big Ten's All-Championships team.
Minnesota's women's volleyball team reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament under first-year head coach Hugh McCutcheon, finishing the season with a 27-8 overall record, a tie for second in the Big Ten. Katherine Harms and Tori Dixon were named First- and Second-Team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association respectively, as well as being earning All-Big Ten and All-Region honors.
Led by sophomore guard Rachel Banham's 20.7 points per game, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team wrapped up their season with an 18-14 record, their best mark since the 2008-09 season. The Golden Gophers concluded the regular season eighth in the Big Ten with a 7-9 conference record.
Lower-level tickets for Sunday's game against the Mercury are available by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400 or by visiting LynxBasketball.com/LynxTix
- Release courtesy of the Minnesota Lynx
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