FARGO – The Big Ten is coming to Fargo. The Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball team will visit Scheels Center on Nov. 17 for a non-conference game against North Dakota State, according to Bison coach Jory Collins.
This will be NDSU’s first game against the Gophers since 2011 and only the second time the Bison have hosted Minnesota. NDSU defeated the Gophers 62-48 in the 2006-07 season at Bison Sports Arena. NDSU is 1-6 all-time against Minnesota, with the most recent game being an 80-41 loss at Williams Arena in November 2011.
The Bisons are coming off a disappointing 11-18 season, including a 7-11 record in the Summit League. NDSU lost to Kansas City in the first round of the conference tournament.
Bigger things were expected of the Bison after a 15-9, 9-7 season in the COVID-affected 2020-21, but injuries, player departures and internal turmoil torpedoed the NDSU. An assistant coach left after the season, and after the dust settled, the Bisons lost eight players to graduation or the NCAA transfer portal.
At a Bison recall event in Wahpeton, ND on Monday, Collins acknowledged his team would be young and inexperienced while sounding a note of bravado.
“Our basketball team has a lot of new faces this year. We’re bringing in a lot of new players. Super talented. Probably the most talented team we’ve had,” Collins said. “We’ll have the best season we’ve had in a very long time. There’s no doubt about that.”
The Gophers, led by coach Lindsay Whalen, finished last season with a 15-18 record, which ended in a 78-57 loss to South Dakota State in the second round of the national tournament. by female invitation.
Collins said summer workouts and working out in the weight room have been key considering all the new faces on the Bison roster.
“Our players eat it. It’s been as competitive as ever in our gymnasium and in the weight room,” he said.
NDSU leaves in two weeks for a trip to Greece, where they will play two games in eight days.
“The girls are super excited about going to Europe, going halfway around the world. What excites me is that we have 10 days of unlimited training,” Collins said. .