2008-09 season review entire game, sharing the responsibility of guarding Jantel Lavender with teammate Zoe Harper. Ellis-Milan pulled down seven rebounds, with her three offensive boards equalling the output of the entire Buckeye team. To top it off, Ellis-Milan took two charges as well. Voigt One of Four Big Ten Rookie Starters Minnesota forward Jackie Voigt is one of four true freshmen in the Big Ten to earn a spot in the starting lineup of their respective teams for the opening games of the Conference season. The 6-1 forward has started every game for the Gophers this season. Other rookie starters around the Big Ten on opening day were: Fabiola Josil (Illinois, guard), Brittany Orban (Northwestern, forward) and Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State, guard). Ohm Ties Williams Record For Threes Made Katie Ohm collected seven three-point field goals in the win over Boston College to tie the WIlliams Arena record set by Lindsay Whalen with seven triples versus Michigan State in January of 2004. Ohm finished the game with 23 points, a career high for the third straight game. Minnesota Holds Up Its End of the Deal Minnesota was one of four Big Ten teams to capture victories in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The ACC won the Challenge by a 7-4 margin. Other Big Ten teams to win their games were Indiana (over Miami), Michigan (over North Carolina State) and Wisconsin (over Virginia Tech).
Kay Sylva McCoy’s Buzzer-Beater Steals Win at Michigan The old saying says you can create your own luck. If that’s the case, Brittany McCoy created some good luck just in time as she banked home a three-point buzzer-beater to steal a victory at Michigan on Sunday. McCoy drove the full length of the court and pulled up for the game winner a few feet to the left from the top of the key. McCoy’s game winner was ESPN’s Sports Center’s No. 2 pick in the Feb. 15 edition of Plays of the Day. Gophers Successful in the Classroom as Well The Golden Gopher women’s basketball team had 10 players (Kristen Dockery, Emily Fox, Zoe Harper, Brianna Mastey, Nicole Mastey, Brittany McCoy, Katie Ohm, Tanisha Smith, Kay Sylva, Jackie Voigt) honored at the Minnesota Scholar-Athlete Banquet. Minnesota added the 2008 Fall semester to the list of terms where the Gophers compiled a team grade point average of over 3.0. Last fall, the Gophers earned a collective GPA of 3.109. Even more impressive is the cumulative GPA of this team – 3.216. The Gophers have earned a 3.0 in every semesters of Pam Borton’s coaching tenure. Fox was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic AllDistrict Second Team. Fox, a journalism major, graduated in May. How Sweet It Was Minnesota experienced history on Thursday,, Jan. 15, coming away with the program’s very first win in Columbus, Ohio, in 24 tries. The Gophers defeated Ohio State by a score of 59-56, handing the No. 15/13 Buckeye their first Conference loss of the season. She Certainly Brought Her “A” Game in This One Ashley Ellis-Milan can chalk up the Ohio State game as her finest all-around game as a Golden Gopher. She made a huge impact in the game on both ends of the floor. Ellis-Milan led the Gophers with 17 points, including the decisive free throws in the closing seconds of the game. She played nearly the 100 * Minnesota Basketball
Highest Scoring Output in a While For Gophers Minnesota captured a 98-72 win over St. Mary’s on Dec. 1. The last time the Gophers scored that many points was back in 2002-03, Pam Borton’s first season, when Minnesota tallied a 98-70 won over Michigan on Jan. 2, 2003. The only time Minnesota scored more with Borton on the sidelines was the first game of the 2002-03 season, and the first with Borton as the Gophers’ head coach, a record 115-73 victory over IPFW (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne). The last time Minnesota scored in the 90s was a 92-80 win over Kentucky last season. Gophers Collect Second Tourney Title Minnesota added the championship trophy from the Colorado Coors Classic to the hardware from winning the Subway Basketball Classic. The Gophers have now won two early-season tournament titles in a season four times under head coach Pam Borton (2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06 and 200809). Fox Collects MVP Honor in Home State The trip to the Colorado Coors Classic was a special one for Gopher senior guard Emily Fox. Fox, a Colorado native, had the chance to play in front of her family and friends in her home state and she made the best of it, leading the Gophers to the team title and earning the Classic’s Most Valuable Player honor. The MVP award is Fox’s second of the season and third of her career. She averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 assists per game in the Classic, topped by a 24-point, 6-assist effort in the title game versus UMass. Double-Doubles Land Ellis-Milan on All-Classic Team Gopher center Ashley Ellis-Milan joined Emily Fox on the Colorado Coors Classic all-tournament team. Ellis-Milan notched double-doubles in both games, with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Drexel, and 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in the title game against UMass. Gophers Tie Single-Game School Record Minnesota tied a school record for three-point field goals in a game with 14 in the 86-67 win over UMass. The mark tied the Gophers’ 14 treys versus Troy State on Dec. 12, 1999.
Minnesota Wins Own Subway Basketball Classic Minnesota defeated American (79-62) and Yale (87-63) last weekend to capture the title in the 2008 Subway Basketball Classic. The Gophers have won the team crown in its own early-season tournament in 14 of the 27 years, in the last two seasons and in eight of the last nine. Emily Fox averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 assists in earning her second consecutive Classic most valuable player award. Freshman Kiara Buford, who posted the top scoring game with 22 points versus American, joined Fox on the all-tourney team. Rookie Buford Emerges as Scorer in Victory Freshman Kiara Buford exploded for 22 points in the win over American to capture game scoring honors. Her scoring output was not only a career high and Buford’s first time in double figures, but it was also the first time a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game since Janel McCarville scored 23 versus Illinois (1/3/02) in her rookie season of 2001-02. The most points scored by a Minnesota freshman in a game was 31 by Lindsay Whalen against Northwestern in the 2000-01 season. A Rookie Starting Game One is Special A quick look at the Gophers’ recent history shows that having a rookie start the season-opener is something special. Jackie Voigt fits the bill this season. In fact, since we turned the calendar past the year 2000, this has occurred seven times and includes some of Minnesota’s best. Of the following list, Janel McCarville and Brittany McCoy (current) started every game of their Gopher career. 2000-01 LIndsay Whalen (G) Tanisha Gilbert (G) Kadidja Andersson (F) 2001-02 Janel McCarville (C) 2006-07 Brittany McCoy (G) Zoe Harper (C) 2008-09 Jackie Voigt (F)
Published on Dec 1, 2009