The University of Minnesota has relieved women’s basketball coach Pam Borton of her duties. Assistant coach Kelly Roysland was named interim women’s head basketball coach.
Minnesota has the sixth seed for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament, and the Gophers will bring two of the conference’s biggest stars to the event. The Gophers finished 8-8 in Big Ten play and 19-11 overall. They’ll play 11th seed Wisconsin in Indianapolis in the opening round Thursday night.
Los Lynx are now calling themselves “Dos Lynx.” The Minnesota Lynx celebrated its second WNBA Championship in three years on Monday.
The Minnesota Lynx wanted to send a message to visiting teams about how tough it will be to beat them at home. Maya Moore scored 25 of her 30 points in the first half to lead the Lynx to a 97-74 victory over the Seattle Storm on Saturday night. Moore shot 12 for 15 from the field to help Minnesota to its fifth win in six games. “We did embrace it as a message game,” Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. “Particularly at the Target Center we want to send those messages to every team that plays here. You’re going to have to play really well to come in here and beat us.”
Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus left Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Mercury in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. Augustus landed awkwardly after defending DeWanna Bonner’s layup with 7:01 left in the second quarter and left the game. Her return is questionable. Augustus, who entered the game ranked 13th in the WNBA at 16.3 points per game, left the game with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.
Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points and Lindsay Whalen added 17 to help the Minnesota Lynx overcome a poor performance by Maya Moore and beat the Tulsa Shock 83-74 on Friday night. Moore, who came in leading the WNBA with 22.3 points per game, was held to just 10 on 4-of-12 shooting. Seimone Augustus chipped in with 11 points for Minnesota (4-1), which won for the fourth time in five games.
Ivory Latta scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie had 23 as the Washington Mystics fended off Minnesota’s fourth quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night. Currie scored 18 in the first half and combined with Latta to shoot 17 for 26 on field goals for the Mystics (3-1), who won only five games last season. Coupled with Friday’s 66-62 victory at Connecticut,
Maya Moore scored 26 points and Seimone Augustus added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx opened the season with a 90-74 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night. Moore and Augustus combined to shoot 20 for 32 from the floor for the Lynx (1-0), who shot 50 percent. Kara Lawson made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points for the Sun (1-2).
The Lynx open their season Saturday night. Finally. By a quirk in the schedule, they’re the last to get going. Half the teams in the WNBA have already played twice, including Saturday’s opponent – Connecticut. No matter how many games you play, there’s nothing like an opening night, says Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen.
Friday’s a big night for Gopher athletics. Four Gopher teams — the men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams are competing in prime time tournaments tonight.
Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
Minnesota saved its best performance of the season for the last home game on the schedule. The Gophers hope this win can carry over into tournament time.
Sam Ostarello had 19 points and 14 rebounds as No. 12 Purdue defeated Minnesota 75-67 Thursday night.
Tina Charles and Candace Parker each had double-doubles and Angel McCoughtry provided a spark off the bench to help the U.S. women’s team overcome a sloppy performance Saturday to beat Croatia 81-56 in their Olympic opener.
The Minnesota Lynx have a WNBA championship to defend, and they’re embracing the challenge.