Gophers women's basketball lands fourth commitment

The Minnesota Gopher women's basketball team received their fourth verbal commitment for the 2004-05 season when 5-7 point guard Brittney Davis of Portland (OR) Jefferson announced earlier today that she will play for the Gophers next season.

Davis is ranked as the #71 player in the country by All Star Girl's Report. She was co-Player of the Year in the Portland Public School League. Davis averaged 17.0 points per game with a high of 28 points. The Democrats finished 20-5 last season and lost in the third round of the sub-tournament of state.

Davis visited Minnesota this past weekend. She was the final visit for the Gophers, who are limited to just seven due sanctions from the Cheryl Littlejohn era. The Gophers have two scholarships available, but will hold those until next year.

The Gophers will have their second straight Top 20 class when their four verbal commitments sign their national letter-of-intent. They had previously received commitments from 6-0 forward Leslie Knight of Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins (ranked #193 by All Star Girl's Report), 6-3 center Natasha Williams of Skokie (IL) Niles (#78) and Lauren Lacy of Chicago Heights (IL) Marian Catholic (#69).

5-10 shooting guard Allie Quigley of Joliet (IL) Catholic Academy and 5-9 point guard Jillian Ingram from Charlotte (NC) Providence Day School visited the campus along with Williams and Lacy in September. Kimberly Deitz of Boulder, Colorado visited Minnesota two weeks ago, but has since committed to Kansas State.

The Gophers signed perhaps the top recruiting class ever last season when they inked 5-9 guard Kelly Roysland of Fosson (MN) High, 6-2 forward-center Jamie Broback from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview and 6-2 forward-center Liz Podominick of Lakeville (MN) High.

They will lose seniors Lindsay Whalen, Leslie Hill and Kadidja Andersson to graduation. The Gophers have two transfers sitting out the season who will be eligible for the 2004-05 season in April Calhoun (Iowa) and Katie Alsdurf (Marquette).

The Gophers women's team opens their season tomorrow night versus Team Concept in an exhibition game. They play Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 14 and open regular season play versus Southern in the Subway classic Nov. 22.

The Gopher women faces perhaps their toughest non-conference schedule ever. Their non- Big Ten schedule is ranked as the 17th toughest in the country, compared to last year's schedule, which was ranked near No. 300.

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