Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lynx' Maya Moore Named to All-WNBA Second Team

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA tonight announced that Lynx forward Maya Moore has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team. For Moore, she earns her second career All-WNBA Second Team honor (2012). 

The six-foot forward out of Connecticut has now been named to either the All-WNBA First or Second team in seven straight seasons. Moore finished 2018 starting all 34 games in her eighth WNBA season. She's now played in 271 of 272 games since arriving in Minnesota in 2011, with the Lynx winning 200 of those. Moore averaged 18.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.68 spg in 31.8 mpg, shooting 42.3% from the floor, 36.5% (66-for-181) from long range and 83.3% from the line. She led the WNBA in steals while ranking seventh in made three pointers, ninth in scoring and 11th in minutes. Over her final eight games of the season, Moore connected on 51.2% (22-for-43) of her trey attempts.

Moore tallied 30+ points on four occasions (including three times in her final six road starts), boosting her club-record career total to 24. Over the course of the 2018 season, she earned Western Conference Player of the Week accolades three times (June 25, July 2, Aug. 13), becoming the fifth player in WNBA history to garner 20 career weekly honors. Moore was named MVP of the 2018 All-Star Game on July 28 at Target Center after contributing 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, becoming the first player in league history to win the award in three straight All-Star Games.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

MN Gophers Announce 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Schedule

University of Minnesota men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino announced the upcoming 2018-19 schedule for the Gophers on Thursday. The announcement coincides with the Big Ten Conference revealing game time and television broadcast information for all of its games this season.
“We set up our schedule this season to provide a challenging test for our team as they get ready for Big Ten play,” Pitino said. “We’re excited to have five Power Five opponents in our non-conference, including the Utah game at home. With a 20-game Big Ten schedule this year, I think our team will have a chance to get better early in the season.”
Following an exhibition game against in-state foe Minnesota Duluth on Thursday, November 1, the Gophers will begin the season with a pair of home games. The season gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Omaha, followed six days later by a meeting with Pac-12 opponent Utah at Williams Arena (Monday, Nov. 12)
The next stretch sees the Gophers away from the Barn for the longest time during the year. They will travel across the border for the Vancouver Showcase, facing Texas A&M (Sunday, Nov. 18) and Santa Clara or Washington (Tuesday, Nov. 20). After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Gophers will visit Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Monday, Nov. 26) before returning to the Twin Cities for a matchup with Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (Friday, Nov. 30).
Minnesota visits Ohio State (Sunday, December 2) before hosting Nebraska (Wednesday, Dec. 5) in the early season conference matchups. The remainder of the non-conference slate is filled out by home games against Arkansas State (Saturday, Dec. 8), North Florida (Tuesday, Dec. 11), North Carolina A&T (Friday, Dec. 21) and Mount St. Mary’s (Sunday, Dec. 30).
After New Year’s Day, nine home and nine road Big Ten contests await the Gophers as they march towards the Big Ten Tournament, which returns to Chicago from March 13-17 at United Center.
Minnesota will have at least 26 games on a national television network, as part of the conference television rights agreements with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports 1 and the Big Ten Network. The remaining home games will be broadcast on the BTN Plus subscription streaming service.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

MN Lynx Brunson and Fowles Named to WNBA All-Defensive Second Team


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today announced that Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson and center Sylvia Fowles have been named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. For Fowles, the 2018 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, this is her third WNBA All-Defensive Second Team selection (2008 and 2014) while Brunson earns her sixth career and second straight WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honor (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017).

Fowles started all 34 contests for Minnesota for the third straight year, averaging 17.7 points on a league-best 61.9 percent shooting, a WNBA-record 11.9 rebounds while adding a career-best 2.2 assists, a career-high 1.44 steals and 1.24 blocks in 31.9 minutes per game. The five-time All-Star led the WNBA in field goal accuracy and rebounding while ranking 12th in scoring, fifth in steals, ninth in blocks and ninth in minutes (31.9 mpg). She led the league while recording a franchise record 21 double-doubles in 2018, moving her career total to 149, passing Tina Charles for second on the all-time list. The Miami, Florida native not only set the WNBA single-season rebounding average record but compiled the most total rebounds (404) and the most defensive rebounds (282) in a single season in league history. Fowles became the sixth player in WNBA history to grab 3000 rebounds and moved past Taj McWilliams-Franklin into fifth on the WNBA's all-time list Aug. 17 at Connecticut. Among the various highlights in her 2018 season, Fowles picked off a career-high five steals on June 19 vs. Dallas and hauled in a club-record 20 rebounds on May 23 vs. Dallas, part of her third career 20+ point/20+ rebound performance.

Brunson, a WNBA All-Star this season for the fifth time in her career, averaged 7.2 points, 6.8 rebounds (14th in the WNBA) and a career-best 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. The Washington D.C. native totaled a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds July 5 vs. Los Angeles, her 82nd career double-double, passing Yolanda Griffith for sixth on the WNBA's all-time list. With her 12-rebound performance in that July 5 contest, she overtook both Lisa Leslie (3307) and Tamika Catchings (3316) to become the WNBA's all-time leader in career rebounds.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

American Heart Association Heart Walk


FARGO, N.D., August 23, 2018 — Hundreds of Red River Valley residents are expected to join the Heart Walk on September 27 to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke. The annual event begins at 5:00 p.m. at Scheels Arena.

The non-competitive, one-mile and three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.

“Staying active is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and improve your personal well-being,” said Dr. Taylor Dowsley, a cardiologist with Sanford Health. “As little as 30 minutes each day of moderate physical activity – like walking – have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. The simplest, positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to start walking. It's enjoyable, free, easy, social and great exercise. A walking program is flexible and boasts high success rates because people can stick with it. It's easy for walking to become a regular and satisfying part of life.

“We want people to know that it is never too late to start down a healthier path,” said Dowsley.  “Our hope is that the Heart Walk will inspire participants to be healthy for good, jump-start a culture of healthy living, and increase passion for supporting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.”

Heart Walk participants also will enjoy the Heart Festival, which includes kids’ activities, healthy snacks, and educational booths. The event will be emceed by Amanda Lea of Big 98 FM. The Heart Walk is a free event and is open to the public.

The annual success of the Red River Valley Heart Walk is due in part to presenting sponsor Sanford Health. The Heart Walk is also sponsored locally by RDO Equipment, University of North Dakota, Valley News Live, US Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Big 98 FM.

For information on participating in the Heart Walk, visit www.RedRiverValleyHeartWalk.org.