MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild, Wolves winners on Wednesday
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each scored in the shootout as the Wild edged the Maple Leafs 2-1 last night in St. Paul. Parise scored the regulation goal for Minnesota with 4:17 to go to tie the game. The Wild have won five of their last six games. Minnesota continues its three-game homestand tomorrow tonight against Florida for a 7 p.m. game.
Minnesota forward Kevin Love tallied 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists to power the Timberwolves to a 124-95 win over the Cavaliers at the Target Center. Ricky Rubio posted a career-high 16 assists to go with 16 points and six rebounds for Minnesota, which improved to 6-3. Corey Brewer chipped in with a career-high 27 points in the win. Kyrie Irving scored a team-best 20 points for Cleveland, which dipped to 3-a-6 with all the losses on the road. The Cavs were held to just over 41-percent shooting from the floor while Minnesota was at 55-percent. The Wolves host Denver tomorrow.
Golden Gopher freshman Amanda Zahui made quite a debut last night for the Minnesota women's basketball team. The Swedish center scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Gophers past Charlotte 90-55. Junior guard Rachel Banham of Lakeville added 20 points in the win The 2-and-0 Gophers redshirted the six-foot-five-inch Zahui last season and she sat out the season opener this year. The Stockholm native gives Minnesota a big presence in the middle. The Gophers are at Creighton on Saturday.
The University of Minnesota football has a bye week this weekend before hosting Wisconsin a week from Saturday. The 8-and-2 Golden Gophers are one of the surprise teams in the nation and are ranked No. 25 in this week's national coaches poll. The University announced yesterday that a limited number of tickets are still available for the game against the border rival Badgers. Fans can purchase those tickets at the team's Webpage. No. 22 Wisconsin hosts Indiana this weekend.
The Vikings look to be preparing for Sunday's game at Seattle as if Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback. Ponder took most of the first team repetitions at yesterday's practice. The right-handed throwing Ponder is nursing a left shoulder injury and said on Monday he hopes to play against the Seahawks. Minnesota is 2-and-7, while Seattle is an NFC-best 9-and-1. Kickoff on Sunday is 3:25 p.m.