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Youngblood covered the Vikings in two NFC title games, Gophers football in two bowl games, both the Wild and Wolves in conference championship series and three Lynx WNBA champions.He has been writing about sports for nearly three decades, including several years in Wisconsin covering the Green Bay Packers, including two trips to the Super Bowl.

As Big Ten women's basketball play begins, a question: How good can the U be?

The Gophers have hit their marks under Dawn Plitzuweit. The next test: one of the nation's best conferences.

Gophers women's basketball vs. Purdue: The competition toughens

Kent Youngblood's analysis: After an 8-1 start, it's time to find out what the Gophers can do against Big Ten competition.

Gophers women head to Kentucky, looking to extend three-game win streak

Kent Youngblood's analysis: This is the first road game for the Gophers, and Rupp Arena is a tough opposing venue, but Kentucky has had its struggles.

Gophers' Grace Grocholski earns Big Ten honor; Iowa game sells out

The Gophers and Hawkeyes will meet Dec. 30 in Iowa City before squaring off at Williams Arena two months later.

Braun, Gophers women's basketball rise up late to beat Drake in 2OT

The Gophers outscored the Bulldogs 20-9 to close the fourth quarter, then held on in two overtimes at Williams Arena. Mara Braun scored 14 of her 33 points after regulation.

Gophers women will get tested Saturday against a formidable Drake team

Kent Youngblood's analysis: This is the last of seven straight home games to start the season for Minnesota, and after the UConn game, likely the most challenging.

Early impressions as U women's basketball enters a tough matchup

Plitzuweit has the team playing better defense, but depth could be a problem entering Saturday's game against Drake and beyond.

Grocholski scores career-high 26 as U women trounce Norfolk State

Grace Grocholski made nine of 14 shots overall and went 5-for-8 on three-pointers. The freshman had 17 points in the first half as Minnesota built an 18-point halftime lead.

Gophers women take on HBCU conference champion in Norfolk State

Kent Youngblood's analysis: Norfolk State, which is off to a 6-1 record, is a competitive mid-major team the Gophers can't afford to overlook.

Farmington's 'Soph the Goph' makes impact for U women after transfer

Sophie Hart's father sees her finding a rhythm with after not being able to play last season following her transfer from North Carolina State.