The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball team represents the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have played in the Big Ten since the conference began sponsoring basketball in 1982. The team plays its home games in Williams Arena and is currently coached by Lindsay Whalen.
The Golden Gophers have made nine appearances in the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship, highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2004. The Golden Gophers also have three appearances in the AIAW Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Golden Gophers have had 5 players play professional basketball, as well as eight players named All-Americans. Four players, Lindsay Whalen, Amanda Zahui B., and Janel McCarville, Rachel Banham were selected in the top four of WNBA draft. The Gophers have ranked in the top 20 nationally in attendance for seven seasons, starting with the 2001–2002 season.
The Golden Gophers appeared in the AIAW Women’s Basketball Tournament (the precursor to the modern NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship) three times before it was discontinued in 1982. They compiled a record of 1–3.
The Golden Gophers have appeared in ten NCAA Division I Tournaments. They achieved their highest ranking in 2005 with a #3 seed. Their overall record is 12–10.