The Gophers men's basketball team was down three starters, including leading scorer Jamison Battle. So playing all 40 minutes, Payton Willis came to the rescue with a career-high 32 points
"There is no question we all need to do better," Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen said.
The Gophers took down the Badgers 4-3 on Saturday at Ridder Arena, sweeping Wisconsin for the first time in nearly four years.
Senior guard Luke Loewe, battling the flu, scored 19 points and played a strong second half in Minnesota's victory
The Gophers outshot the Wolverines 40-19 but could not find the back of the net.
Minnesota will face a Spartans team that has been up-and-down this season.
The Gophers men's basketball team, severely depleted, once again made up for their limitations Saturday in an improbable victory over Rutgers.
Pregame: Freshman 7-footer Treyton Thompson gave the Gophers a lift in their last game. Eric Curry is out again with ankle injury.
Coach Hugh McCutcheon is adding pieces to a team that reached the Elite Eight last season.
In a game that featured 25 NHL draft picks in the two lineups, the Gophers and Wolverines played even through 60 minutes. But the 1-1 tie didn't last long in overtime.
Amy Potomak scored the late winning goal.
Rutgers had games called off during nonconference play due to COVID issues. But the Scarlet Knights returned and have won six of their last seven games
The Gophers will try to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday against the Scarlet Knights.
After missing the NCAA tournament last season, Minnesota had a big weekend at Wisconsin when the teams met in early December.
The Minnesota men's hockey team faces the Big Ten-leading Wolverines in a two-game series starting Friday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Lindsay Whalen's Gophers trailed by 13 at halftime but gave up 37 points in the third quarter and scored only three in the fourth. Iowa's star guard, Caitlin Clark, had a triple-double.
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