The Weekend Wrap

It was a good weekend for the U of M's women's sports teams. Read more to find out why in the GoldenSports.Net weekend wrap.

Gophers Women's Pucksters Sweep UND

Kelly Stephens and Natalie Darwitz each scored six points to lead the No. 1 Gopher women's hockey team to a 10-1 win over North Dakota. Stephens achieved two career marks in the game, scoring her 100th career point and her first career hat trick. Darwitz added a goal and five assists, helping Minnesota improve its record to 11-0-1. Stephens and Darwitz tied for second in school history for most points in a game. Darwitz tied the school record for most assists in a single game with five.

The Gophers opened the first period in similar fashion to Saturday's 6-2 win, scoring three goals in the first period for an early lead. Andrea Nichols started Minnesota's scoring drive at 5:23 of the first period. Krissy Wendell and Becky Wacker added the assists. Stephens scored her first of three goals just 36 seconds after Nichols' tally.

Linemates La Toya Clarke and Darwitz were credited with the assists. The Gophers finished their first-period scoring when Lyndsay Wall netted a power-play goal at 9:08 of the first. Wall received a pass from Darwitz and fired a slap shot through the five hole. UND added its lone goal of the game at 13:32 to end Gopher goalie Brenda Reinen's shutout. By the end of the first 20 minutes of play seven Gophers had tallied a point.

Darwitz is on pace to be the fastest Golden Gopher to reach 100 career points, sitting at 99 points in just 45 games played. Former Gopher Nadine Muzerall, who holds the school record in career points (235) earned her 100th career point near the end of her sophomore season.

The Golden Gophers return to WCHA action next weekend when Bemidji State visits Ridder Arena, Dec. 5-6. Friday's game is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start, while Saturday's contest is scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. start.

U Women's Hoops Team Wins Junkanoo Jam

Janel McCarville scored a career-high 27 points to lead the No. 11/9 Minnesota women's basketball team to a 84-61 victory over Southern California in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, on Saturday. The Golden Gophers improved to 5-0 with the victory.

McCarville, a 6-2 junior center, was unstoppable in the paint, connecting on 9-of-10 field goal attempts. She also added eight rebounds en route to joining Lindsay Whalen on the all-tournament team. Whalen collected most valuable player honors.

The Gophers used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 10-8 lead to a 24-8 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half. Southern California (1-2) hit a half-court shot to close within 40-29 at intermission. Minnesota outscored the Women of Troy, 44-32, in the second half.

Whalen scored 15 points, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds. Shannon Schonrock chipped in 13 points, while Liz Podominick came off the bench to grab 13 rebounds and score 10 points for her first collegiate double-double.

The Gophers shot 49.1 percent from the floor and limited Southern California to just 32.8 percent.

Gophers Volleyball Team Sets Milestone

The Minnesota volleyball team (22-10, 15-5) ended the regular season with a three-game victory over Ohio State (11-17, 5- 15) by scores of 30-28, 30-26, 30-27 on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. With the victory, Minnesota ties its third-highest Big Ten win total at 15 with a 15-5 Big Ten record on the season.

The Golden Gophers also tied the school record for most Big Ten wins at home with a 9-1 conference record at the Sports Pavilion. With the 15-5 conference record, Minnesota also finished tied for second with Illinois. It marks the third time in four seasons that the Golden Gophers have finished second or higher in the Big Ten.

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