Gopher women win exhibition opener 77-57

The Minnesota Gopher women's basketball team, ranked #13 by USA Today/ESPN, opened its season with a 77-57 victory over Zala Volan, a traveling team from Hungary.

The Golden Gophers were led by All-American guard Lindsay Whalen, who scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first half. She also had seven assists and seven rebounds. 6-2 junior center Janel McCarville and 5-11 senior Kadidja Andersson each finished with double-doubles. McCarville had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Andersson added 10 points and 11 caroms.

Freshmen 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 each played double-digit minutes and combined for 17 points. Roysland finished with eight points, making six of eight from the free throw line. Broback added seven points and three rebounds, while Podominick had three rebounds and three steals along with one point.

The Gophers never trailed in the game, opening with a three-point field goal by Shannon Bolden on their first possession. Minnesota extended its lead to 42-30 by halftime, taking advantage of a dominating 22-9 edge in rebounding.

The Gopher's women's team plays Minnesota-Duluth November 14th in their final exhibition game and opens regular-season play versus Southern in the Subway classic November 22nd.

They face 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 #300.

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