Ex-Gopher Tanisha Gilbert playing well at Winona

Senior guard/forward Tanisha Gilbert, who was declared academically ineligible and left the Minnesota women's basketball program in September, has found at fresh start at Division II Winona State. Gilbert, who averaged 4.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Gophers last season, has helped lead Winona State to a 14-6 mark, averaging 13.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, second-best on the team in both categories.

Tanisha Gilbert played two seasons for the Gophers, making 13 starts in her 43 career games. She averaged 14.7 points per game her freshman season in 2000-01, a season cut short when she was declared academically ineligible for the second semester. Gilbert underwent knee surgery, forcing her to miss the 2001-02 season. She returned to action last season and played in 29 games as a key reserve.

Gilbert was the Gophers' sixth-leading scorer last season. The Gophers finished 25-6 last season, losing to Texas in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Tulane and Stanford.

Gilbert was a standout at Champlin Park High School, where she was a Nike High School and Street & Smith All-American. She was a finalist for the Ms. Minnesota Basketball award in 2000 and earned all-state honors as a junior and senior. Gilbert was a three-time All-North Suburban Conference honoree and led the Rebels to their first state tournament appearance in 1999.

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