Powerhouse

How Lindsay Whalen resurrected the Lady Gophers

A few minutes later, the men's basketball team leaves the Williams floor and the women enter the gym for practice. Whalen and Schonrock lead the pack, both rapping different OutKast tunes as they grab balls from the practice rack. Whalen glides down to the far end of the court to shoot jumpers with a few others, while Schonrock, a gum-chewing spitfire and born leader from Winnebago, gathers some of her teammates for layup drills. She fires a chest pass to one of the freshmen, shoots a look at the coaches huddled at center court, then claps and chirps, "Let's go, ladies! Talk to each other! All right, ladies! Let's go, ladies!"

The sound echoes off the Barn's rafters, as does the squeak-squeak of shoes cutting, the thump-thump of balls bouncing, and the woof-woof of dogs being let out, once and for all.

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