Golden Gophers Practice Report: October 16

Oct. 16, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota continues full practices at Williams Arena, as it begins to narrow its focus on preparing for game situations. Head coach Pam Borton’s Gophers are now in the midst of their third week of having five practices per week, and the first exhibition game is now less than two weeks away.

Minnesota will play the first of its two exhibition games against Winona State on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game, as well as the Gophers’ second exhibition against Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m., are on sale for $6 each. For tickets to those games or to any home regular season contest, contact Minnesota’s Athletics Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 | 1.800.U.GOPHER, or online at mygophersports.com.

Maya Moore Sets Good Example
Before the team took the floor for Wednesday’s practice, it gathered in its film room at Williams Arena. But the Gophers didn’t just break down film of their practices so far. Instead, head coach Pam Borton had the team watch an amateur video someone posted to YouTube, showing Maya Moore as she was named Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals.

What the coaching staff wanted to pass along to the Minnesota players was Moore’s humble and unselfish response to the ESPN reporter who asked her about her MVP honor. Moore stated, “The most valuable players are standing right behind me…”

It was a short video, filmed by someone who had been filming their television screen, but Moore’s reaction provides a lesson that Borton and her staff want the Gophers players to remember as the season progresses. There are players who excel above the rest, and who will earn individual recognition along the way, but the team that stands on the platform at the end of the season to receive a championship trophy is just that – a team.

Moore went on to explain that it was the work of her teammates that allowed her to play so well. She accepted the honor, but felt that it was a team award that she wouldn’t have earned had her teammates not done their jobs just as well. Moore proved to be a class act, and provided an example that all athletes should strive to exemplify.

Tip-Off Dinner
Minnesota’s annual Tip-Off Dinner is this evening at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, and a good turnout is expected for the event, which is hosted by the Fast Break Club. Look for a story, photos and videos from the Tip-Off Dinner either tonight or tomorrow.

Today's Videos
Today’s videos feature associate head coach Curtis Loyd, who talks about the Gophers’ four forwards/centers – senior forward Micaëlla Riché, sophomore forward/guard Kayla Hirt, sophomore forward Jackie Johnson, and redshirt freshman center Amanda Zahui B.

The second video features sophomore guard Mikayla Bailey of Maple Grove, Minn. (Osseo HS), who talks about how practices have been progressing, the differences of this year as opposed to last year as a freshman, and her expectations for the Golden Gophers.