Nov. 29, 2012
As the starting line-up was being announced at Williams Arena Thursday night, Gopher fans heard a different name at the guard position. That name was Shayne Mullaney. She was all smiles as she ran out onto the court.
The rookie had an impressive start to the game, sinking a baseline three to put the Gophers on the board. Nearly three minutes later, Mullaney dribbled the ball from one end to the other, resulting in an aggressive lay up.
Unfortunately, back-to-back fouls took Mullaney out of the game at the 14-minute mark, but not before receiving a raucous ovation from the Minnesota fans.
Back into the starting line-up at the beginning of the second half, Mullaney had to be aggressive, but make sure to stay out of foul trouble as she already had notched three. She knocked down her first bucket of the second half with a jumper in the lane to provide a spark for the Gophers.
Mullaney finished the game with a career-high nine points, shooting 4-9 from the field, and contributed four assists, one steal and one rebound.
The freshman guard fought hard and brought energy to the court on Thursday night. When the opportunity presented itself, after Mikayla Bailey sat due to sickness, Mullaney proved that she can be an effective starter for this Gopher team.
-Athletic Communications Student Intern Kelly Kleine