W. Hoops Takes On Colorado

“If we don’t play team defense against Colorado, we won’t win,” Tubridy said. “[Coach] Kathy [Delaney-Smith] has really been stressing it in practice.”

“We had a lot of breakdowns on team defense last year,” Cserny added. “The game against Colorado will be different from those games last year.”

This weekend is also a homecoming of sorts for co-captain forward Hana Peljto and junior guard Rochelle Bell, who are both from nearby Brooklyn Park. Delaney-Smith intentionally schedules games near players’ families so that the Crimson can play in front of a few friendly faces.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” Bell said. “There are going to be lots of friends and family come to watch.”

Bell, the returning starting two-guard, has been sidelined thus far this year due to a leg injury, but hopes to see action this weekend.


“Hopefully I’ll be able to play, and more importantly, hopefully we’ll be able to win,” Bell said.

In the other half of the draw, the host Golden Gophers, ranked No. 13, will square off against Southern at 2 p.m. tomorrow.