Mullaney follows Banham's lead as standout freshman for U women

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2013 - 5:52 AM

Just like Rachel Banham did last season, Shayne Mullaney is starting in the backcourt for the Gophers.

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toner_04Jan. 3, 13 8:28 AM

Borton has 2 more years to turn this around. She was given a gift by Oldfield and we should be making the NCAA tourney on a yearly basis.

raymondb62Jan. 3, 1311:28 AM

I don't know that Borton got any more of a gift from Oldfield than Oldfield got from Littlejohn (Whalen). Borton, to her credit, has shown she is able to take star players and not get in their way. Where she iscking is in developing average players into good players and in recruiting players. One or two good players in 11 years on the job is not a good record.

CHANFISHJan. 3, 13 2:06 PM

Agree..Being "AAU stars" doesn't always equate to Big Ten champions which is what we fans really want. That takes a team. Good Luck Lady Gophs, we will be watching.

InformedOneJan. 3, 13 2:28 PM

I agree with your analysis on development, raymondb62. I still wonder what might have been with the Voigt, Buford, Mastey group if Borton had been a better developer of talent. The U has never been a school that was easy to recruit to so player development is critical to the success of this program. I'm not sure whether Cotton's decision making has been an issue with coaching or with the player. Dvorak was a project from the start and probably not a good fit for this coaching staff. Loberg has been played at a position that is clearly too physical for her and I also wonder what might have been if Borton had played her at the 4 throughout her career and taken her lumps with Dvorak at the 5 until she showed progress. Although the jury is still out on the recent recruits, I am optimistic about the group that Borton has gotten over the last two years and it seems to have inspired the juniors (Noga, Riche, and Kellogg) from the previous classes. Banham, Hirt and Zahui are big-time recruits that Borton was fortunate to get. Sometimes a nucleus of top flight talent with leadership skills is what is needed to inspire players to reach their potential. Of course, better coaching would always help. JMHO.

mnsports255Jan. 3, 13 4:07 PM

Is top 20 (#18) Junior in the National Class Rankings Kanisha Bell still committed here? She would be a super nice get! I believe Banham was #18 in her class also.

mahogma66Jan. 3, 13 4:17 PM

Oldfield (Frese)wasn't given any gifts. Since leaving the Gophers, she has a 221-80 record at Maryland, along with a National Championship in 2006. Borton is 156-90 during that same period. She also had her entire team quit on her in 2006. I'd that Ms. Frese back as HC in a heartbeat.

InformedOneJan. 3, 13 5:41 PM

And why did Freese leave for Maryland? If I recall correctly reason #1 was the weather, #2 was the FACILITIES and #3 was a RECRUITING BASE that could not compete for a national championship on a year over year basis. There is no way that she would have gotten the same recruits here as she did at Maryland and the three recruits she got here we no better than most of Borton's recruiting classes. Kristi Toliver (one of Frese's national championship players) was quoted as saying "The Big Ten, seriously? That's like going from a Bentley to a Buick!" on finding out that Maryland was joining the Big Ten.

regionguyJan. 3, 13 8:28 PM

Kristi Toliver obviously hasn't followed, say, a Big Ten school like Purdue over the years. Tonight Banham and Mullaney combined to shoot 10-for-30 from the field. Yes, I know they're still young. But that kind of shooting isn't going to get it done in the Big Ten, and it is on Big Ten results that I judge the program and the coach.

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