Fri., Dec. 6--Hopkins girls 67 Bloomington Kennedy 57
Hopkins defeated Kennedy in a replay of last year's state title game, though with a twist. Hopkins' best player, T.T. Starks, was unavailable due to an injury, but Jasmyn Martin has transferred from Kennedy to Hopkins. Martin scored 12 points and Molly O'Toole 14. Kenisha Bell scored 16 for Kennedy.
Player of the Day--Bryanna Fernstrom, Chisago Lakes, 40 its and 17 rebounds as the Lakers defeated Duluth Denfeld 80-52. Coach of the Day--Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
Thurs., Dec. 5--Minnesota Gopher women 74 Miami (Fla.) 67
The Gophers ran out to a 38-13 lead early and it's a good thing. Miami roared back with a 23-4 run including 13-0 to open the 2nd half. Four times in the 2nd half the Hurricanes got within 6 starting with 42-36 at 15:32. Three times Minnesota pushed the lead back up to 10. Rachel Banham made 9-of-10 FT and scored 12 of her 27 points in those four spurts. Micaella Riche scored 8 of her 15 points in those four spurts, while Shayne Mullaney and Sari Noga each had 3 assists.
Player of the Day--Rachel Banham, Minnesota Gopher women with 27 pts. Coach of the Day--Justin Morris, Lyle/Austin Pacelli girls, who defeated #6 rated Blooming Prairie by the unlikely score of 58-19.
Wed., Dec. 4--St. Thomas men 71 Augsburg 53
The Tommies have now made a mockery of the MIAC title race, hammering the previously unbeaten Auggies who were picked to finish #2 in the MIAC. It was 37-27 at the half.
Player of the Day--Marcus Alipate, St. Thomas 22 points. Coach of the Day--Sean Pinkerton, St. Kate's. The Kates shocked St. Ben's 70-69 for their 1st win over the Blazers since 2007. Trailing by as many as 12 in the 2nd half, the Kates took the lead for good with just 23 seconds remaining.
Tues., Dec. 3--Minnesota Gopher men 71 Florida State 61
The Gopher continue to play well under coach Richard Pitino.
Player of the Day--Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins, Minnesota Gopher men. Andre had 21 points, 4 assists, 2 steals. Austin 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Coach of the Day--Richard Pitino, Minnesota Gopher men.
Mon., Dec. 2--Park Center girls 67 St. Paul Como Park 27
What was expected to be a competitive game turned out not to be. The #2-rated 2014 Cayla McMorris scored 15 for the winners, and Park Center was able to hold the #2 2016, Andrayah Adams of Como, to 10 points.
Player of the Day--Kory Deadrick, Esko, scored 31 points but his #1-rated Eskomos were upset by Hermantown 77-70. Coach of the Day--Joe Schmitz, Hermantown.
Sun., Dec. 1--Oklahoma City Thunder 113 Minnesota Timberwolves 103
The T-wolves stayed with OKC for 3 periods but the Thunder dominated the 4th. If the Wolves played this well everyday, however, they would probably have 2 more wins on the season. As it is, they're now out of the playoffs by a substantial margin.
Player of the Day--Rachel Banham, Minnesota Gopher women, scored 24 points but could not prevent the Gophers from losing to Hawaii 77-71 in OT. She hit a shot with 4 seconds remaining to put Minnesota ahead, but a desperation shot tied it up at the buzzer. Banham was named tournament MVP. Coach of the Day--Pam Borton, Minnesota Gopher women.
Sat., Nov. 30--Minnesota State Mankato women 87 Concordia St. Paul 63
#17 Mankato def. #14 Concordia at Concordia, as they drained 9 3s in the 1st half alone. A 20-0 run put the Mavs up 30-17 at the 6 minute mark and Concordia was never able to challenge.
Player of the Day--Ali Wilkinson, Minnesota State Mankato women 16 points, 3 assists, 3 steals. Coach of the Day--Emilee Thiesse, Minnesota State Mankato women.
Fri., Nov. 29--Minnesota Gopher women 63 Chatanooga 62 @Wahini Showdown.
A win is a win, they say. The Gophers led by 14 in the 1st half, but neither team led by more than 4 in the 2nd. Chat missed a possible game-tying FT in the waning seconds.
Player of the Day--Rachel Banham, Minnesota Gopher women 36 points. Coach of the Day--Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls, who defeated Tartan 92-53 with two of their best players on the sidelines.