Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wolves have lost four straight and 10 out of 11 gamesMinnesota Sports
-- Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince had 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting to pace the Grizzlies to a 105-88 win over the visiting Timberwolves last night in Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince had 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting to pace the Grizzlies to a 105-88 win over the visiting Timberwolves last night in Tennessee.
Zach Randolph posted 16 points and eight rebounds while Mike Conley added 16 points and eight assists in the win. Austin Daye chipped in 16 points off the bench for Memphis, which has won two straight and three out of five. Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour each had 17 points to lead the way for Minnesota. Mickael Gelabale tallied 14 points for the T'Wolves, who have dropped four straight and 10 out of 11 games. Minnesota is at Cleveland tonight.
The No. 18 University of Minnesota men's basketball team held visiting Illinois without a field goal for the game's first ten-minutes. That propelled the Gophers to a 26-14 first half lead, which didn't last. Illinois closed the half on a 17-to-4 run to go into the locker room leading by one point 31-30. The teams exchanged leads in the second half and Illinois held on to win 57-53 in an upset. Illinois forward Tyler Griffey scored 16 points for the winning team. Austin Hollins tallied 16 points for Minnesota, which was playing without senior forward Rodney Williams, who suffered a shoulder injury in a Saturday practice collision. Minnesota senior Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points and ten rebounds in the loss. The Gophers are now 17-7 on the year, having dropped six of their last eight games. Minnesota entertains Wisconsin on Thursday night.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team lost at Illinois 76-66 yesterday afternoon. The Golden Gophers were paced by sophomore Rachel Banham of Lakeville, who scored 17 points. The Fighting Illini had three players score at least 20 points. Minnesota is now 15-10 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. The Gophers host Northwestern next Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets to the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Chicago go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. The tournament will be played from March 7-10 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. just outside of Chicago. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-888-SEARS-TIX. The University of Minnesota women's team will take part in the tournament. The winner of the event will receive an automatic berth into the women's NCAA Tournament.
The Minnesota Wild are hoping to take momentum from Saturday's home overtime win over Nashville into tonight's road game at Calgary. The Wild beat the Predators 2-1 and now have a record of 5-5-1 on the season. Calgary is 3-4-2 after a Saturday defeat at Vancouver. Tonight's game is set to begin at 8 p.m.
Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training tomorrow with the first official training session set for Wednesday. Positional players are required to report to camp by Friday with a full day of workouts on Saturday set. The Twins' spring training location is Fort Myers, Florida.
The fourth-ranked University of Minnesota wrestlers beat No. 18 Wisconsin 34-5 yesterday in Madison. Minnesota claimed wins in nine of the meet's ten bouts. Gopher 125-pounder David Thorn pinned Wisconsin's Matt Cavallaris in the opening match of the dual to give Minnesota momentum the rest of the way. The Gophers finished the Big Ten dual meet season with a 7-1 record, tying Penn State for second place in the league. Iowa won the regular season title with a win over Nebraska yesterday. Next up for the Gopher grapplers is a home dual meet tournament on February 22nd and 23rd in Kent, Ohio.