Gophers recruit Australian center

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The rebuilding Minnesota women's basketball team has added another scholarship player, center Zoe Harper.

The 6-foot-3 Harper, a native of Lemming, Australia, will join the Gophers this fall, the school announced Friday. Her addition completed Minnesota's recruiting class for 2006-07, a season that will surely be marked by growing pains following the loss of six departing seniors and five key returning players.

Athletics director Joel Maturi headed a five-week investigation into the program's problems this spring after five returners -- including leading scorer and rebounder Jamie Broback -- all announced their decisions to leave in one alarming week.

The findings were poor communication between coaches, coaches and players and players themselves that created misunderstandings, feelings of mistrust and splintered relationships within the team, but Maturi pledged his support for coach Pam Borton.

The Gophers have three players back who stepped on the court last season, two of them -- guards Kelly Roysland and Emily Fox -- who saw significant time.


Harper joins freshmen Korinne Campbell, Brittany McCoy, Breanna Salley and Tanisha Smith and transfer Jordan Barnes as Minnesota's newcomers for this season.

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