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Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball

The Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball team represents the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have played in the Big Ten since the conference began sponsoring basketball in 1982. The team plays its home games in Williams Arena and is currently coached by Lindsay Whalen.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
2018–19 Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of Minnesota
Head coachLindsay Whalen
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
ArenaWilliams Arena
(Capacity: 14,625)
NicknameGolden Gophers
ColorsMaroon and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Final Four
2004
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2003, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018
AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1977
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1977, 1981, 1982

The Golden Gophers have made nine appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship, highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2004. The Golden Gophers also have three appearances in the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament.

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HistoryEdit

The Golden Gophers have had five players play professional basketball, as well as eight players named All-Americans. Four players, Lindsay Whalen, Amanda Zahui B., and Janel McCarville, Rachel Banham were selected in the top four of WNBA draft. The Gophers have ranked in the top twenty nationally in attendance for seven seasons, starting with the 2001-2002 season.

Head coachesEdit

  • Joan Stevenson, 1971–1972 (5–3)
  • Deb Wilson, 1972–1973 (8–8)
  • Linda Wells, 1973–1974 (3–10)
  • Jenny Johnson, 1974–1977 (36–37)
  • Ellen Mosher-Hanson, 1977–1987 (172–125)
  • LaRue Fields, 1987–1990 (24–60)
  • Linda Hill-MacDonald, 1990–1997 (66–126)
  • Cheryl Littlejohn, 1997–2001 (29–81)
  • Brenda Frese, 2001–2002 (22–8)
  • Pam Borton, 2002–2014 (236–152)
  • Marlene Stollings, 2014–2018 (82-47)
  • Lindsay Whalen, 2018-[2]

AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament appearancesEdit

The Golden Gophers appeared in the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament (the precursor to the modern NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship) three times before it was discontinued in 1982. They compiled a record of 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1977 First Round Delta State L 42–87
1981 First Round Jackson State L 65–68
1982 First Round
Quarterfinals
St. Johns
Rutgers
W 68–56
L 75–83

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [3]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Joan Stevenson (Independent) (1971–1972)
1971–72 Joan Stevenson 5–3
Joan Stevenson: 5–3
Deb Wilson (Independent) (1972–1973)
1972–73 Deb Wilson 8–8
Deb Wilson: 8–8
Linda Wells (Independent) (1973–1974)
1973–74 Linda Wells 3–10 MWIAA
Linda Wells: 3–10
Jenny Johnson (Independent) (1974–1977)
1974–75 Jenny Johnson 7–12 MWIAA
1975–76 Jenny Johnson 14–11 MWIAA
1976–77 Jenny Johnson 15–14 AIAW First Round
Jenny Johnson: 36–37
Ellen Mosher Hanson (Independent, Big Ten) (1977–1987)
1977–78 Ellen Mosher Hanson 24–10 NWIT Seventh Place
1978–79 Ellen Mosher Hanson 17–15 NWIT Fifth Place
1979–80 Ellen Mosher Hanson 18–11 AIAW Regional
1980–81 Ellen Mosher Hanson 28–7 AIAW First Round 18
Big Ten Conference
1981–82 Ellen Mosher Hanson 18–11 0–1 AIAW First Round
1982–83 Ellen Mosher Hanson 20–7 13–5 T-3rd
1983–84 Ellen Mosher Hanson 12–15 9–9 7th
1984–85 Ellen Mosher Hanson 18–10 13–5 3rd
1985–86 Ellen Mosher Hanson 8–20 4–14 9th
1986–87 Ellen Mosher Hanson 9–19 4–14 T-8th
Ellen Mosher Hanson: 172–125 43–48
LaRue Fields (Big Ten) (1988–1991)
1987–88 LaRue Fields 9–18 5–13 8th
1988–89 LaRue Fields 7–21 4–14 10th
1989–90 LaRue Fields 8–21 3–15 T-9th
LaRue Fields: 24–60 12–42
Linda Hill-MacDonald (Big Ten) (1990–1997)
1990–91 Linda Hill-MacDonald 6–22 2–16 10th
1991–92 Linda Hill-MacDonald 8–19 3–15 T-9th
1992–93 Linda Hill-MacDonald 14–12 9–9 5th
1993–94 Linda Hill-MacDonald 18–11 10–8 T-4th NCAA Second Round
1994–95 Linda Hill-MacDonald 12–15 7–9 T-7th
1995–96 Linda Hill-MacDonald 4–23 0–16 11th
1996–97 Linda Hill-MacDonald 4–24 1–15 11th
Linda Hill-MacDonald: 66–126 32–88
Cheryl Littlejohn (Big Ten) (1997–2001)
1997–98 Cheryl Littlejohn 4–23 1–15 11th
1998–99 Cheryl Littlejohn 7–20 2–14 T-10th
1999–2000 Cheryl Littlejohn 10–18 3–13 T-10th
2000–01 Cheryl Littlejohn 8–20 1–15 10th
Cheryl Littlejohn: 29–81 7–57
Brenda Frese (Big Ten) (2001–2002)
2001–02 Brenda Frese 22–8 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Second Round 21 18
Brenda Frese: 22–8 11–5
Pam Borton (Big Ten) (2002–2014)
2002–03 Pam Borton 25–6 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 13 17
2003–04 Pam Borton 25–9 9–7 6th NCAA Final Four 4 24
2004–05 Pam Borton 26–8 12–4 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen 11 12
2005–06 Pam Borton 19–10 11–5 T-3rd NCAA First Round 25
2006–07 Pam Borton 17–16 7–9 T-5th WNIT First Round (Bye)
2007–08 Pam Borton 20–12 11–7 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2008–09 Pam Borton 20–12 11–7 T-5th NCAA Second Round
2009–10 Pam Borton 13–17 6–12 11th
2010–11 Pam Borton 12–18 4–12 9th
2011–12 Pam Borton 19–17 6–10 8th WBI Champions
2012–13 Pam Borton 18–14 7–9 T-8th WNIT First Round
2013–14 Pam Borton 22–13 8–8 T-6th WNIT Third Round
Pam Borton: 236–152 104–94
Marlene Stollings (Big Ten) (2014–2018)
2014–15 Marlene Stollings 23–10 11–7 6th NCAA First Round
2015–16 Marlene Stollings 20–12 11–7 5th WNIT Second Round
2016–17 Marlene Stollings 15–16 5–11 10th
2017–18 Marlene Stollings 24–9 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
Marlene Stollings: 82–47 (.636) 38–30 (.559)
Lindsay Whalen (Big Ten) (2018–present)
2018–19 Lindsay Whalen 11–0 0–0
Lindsay Whalen: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 698–673

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors and Type | University Relations | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lindsay Whalen Takes Over Women's Basketball". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. ^ "Media Guide" (PDF). University of Minnesota. Retrieved 10 Aug 2013.

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