- Sep 9, 2015
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Freshmen Amaya Battle, Mara Braun and Katie Borowicz have struggled lately, but they're determined to work through it.
Amaya Battle won't use youth as an excuse. Not anymore.
After the Gophers women's basketball team finished practice Saturday at Williams Arena — their final prep for Sunday's game with 24th-ranked Illinois — Battle was talking about what needed to happen for the Gophers to break their four-game losing streak, particularly from the guards.
Her answer: play better, cut down on turnovers, play for each other.
"Everybody says experience," said Battle, one of four freshmen who have started most of the season, along with Mara Braun, Mallory Heyer and Katie Borowicz. "But I think we've had enough experience to get a feel for what we're going to see. We need to translate that into our game and grow."
For Braun, it has been a frustrating stretch. She is the team's leading scorer (16.1). But, after averaging 19 points over the first 11 games, she has averaged 9.6 over the past five