Golden Gophers Practice Report: October 24

Oct. 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – With less than a week now remaining until the Gopher women’s basketball team plays its first game against an outside opponent, practices at Williams Arena have amped up a bit.

Minnesota opens play with an exhibition game against Winona State on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m., and head coach Pam Borton’s team recently installed a few new plays and defenses for this season.

As it has been during the past month of practices, defense has been the main focus of the coaching staff. Borton wants her team, which ranked next-to-last in the Big Ten in several defensive categories last season, to return to the top of the conference in stats like points allowed and field goal percentage defense.

The first test of the Gophers’ proficiency on the defensive end of the court takes place against the Warriors on Tuesday night. Minnesota will then play a second exhibition game versus Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday, Nov. 2, before opening the regular season on the road at Northern Iowa on Nov. 9.

Gopher Tricks & Treats Promotion
Tuesday’s exhibition against Winona State will take place just two days before Halloween, so Minnesota is offering a fun promotion for kids that night. “Gopher Tricks & Treats” will allow free admission to any kid 7th grade or younger who is dressed in a Halloween costume. There will also be a costume contest at halftime, with the top three costumes receiving a Gopher prize! And, apologies to the real Goldy Gopher, but you’re not eligible.

For those who aren’t 7th grade or younger, all tickets that night (as well as to Minnesota’s exhibition versus Minnesota State Moorhead on Nov. 2) are just $6! For advance tickets, visit the Athletics Ticket Office online at mygophersports.com, or call 612.624.8080 or 1.800.U.GOPHER.

Today’s Videos
Today’s videos feature junior guard Rachel Banham talking about the progress she and the Gophers have been making in practice as they approach their first exhibition game. Banham also talks about her recent inclusion among a group of just 25 players named to the watch list for The Wade Award, which is the top individual honor in collegiate women’s basketball. Banham also recently learned that she’ll have a full-page feature in an upcoming issue of SLAM Magazine, and she talks about that.

The other video is just a fun look at some of the players’ favorite Halloween memories, as well as a special guest at the end who invites kids to dress as Zorro.