- Sep 9, 2015
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A Sunday Afternoon Outing
Minnesota welcomes Chicago State to the Gopher’s second consecutive, “It’s about us; not about them”, game. Just like playing LIU, the Gophers get to work on running their preferred offensive and defensive sets against a not very troublesome team.
Minnesota has a long, if infrequent, connection with Chicago State. Those connections famously include making former Gopher coach and future restaurateur, Cheryl Littlejohn, available for a couple of years of NCAA violations.
More beneficially, the Gophers have provided CSU with three visitor’s paychecks. In exchange, Minnesota received a 48-point win in 1993, a 48-point victory in 2006 and a 51 point margin last December. 2022’s 105-54 romp showcased Mallory Heyer who led Minnesota with 19 points. Mara Braun dropped 16 and Amaya Battle’s 8 points were backed by 10 rebounds. Here are some highlights from one of the season’s few highlightable games.
Last year was veteran coach Andrea Williams first at Chicago State. She won four games. All four came at the expense of the University of Hartford. It must be noted that Hartford was transitioning from DI to DIII and finished dead last (361) in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Those four wins helped boost CSU to a NET of 358. Life is tough as a DI independent.
Last season there were only two DI independents: CSU and Harford. In 2013 Chicago State had joined the WAC in hopes there would be a mid-west division; but those plans fell through a couple of years back. Independence probably helps manufacture opening schedules like this one: host Loyola on Thursday, play at Detroit Mercy on Friday and visit the Gophers on Sunday.However the schedule developed, Chicago State is 0-2 after dropping games to Loyola Chicago 47-74 and Detroit Mercy 48-83.
I figured there wasn’t much to learn about the Chicago State Cougars, so I skipped the ESPN+ replay and just mention a few of the CSU players:
Point guard Ana Haklicka is a 5’1” senior who scored 10 points in the opener and 2 in the second game when she was limited by foul trouble.
5’6” senior guard Tae’lor Willard scored 10 points against Loyola and 6 versus Detroit.
6’1” sophomore center Josie Hill posted 10 points and 11 rebounds against Detroit.
5’8” Sophomore guard Jac Cunningham had a 15-point performance against Detroit.
6’0” junior forward Evange Parrish was not notable in either game.
6’6” junior center ZiKeyah Carter came off the bench for 7 points versus Loyola.
5’3” guard, Hailey Hohenecker, from Plymouth is listed as transfer from Arkansas Little Rock and has yet to play.