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Parkers native Noga honored by Gophers

Sari Noga (No. 21) of Parkers Prairie was one of two seniors honored March 2 as members of the Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team. The other senior is Micaella Riche. Photo by Tom Hintgen.

MINNEAPOLIS — Parkers Prairie native Sari Noga was one of two Minnesota Gopher women’s senior basketball players honored Sunday afternoon, March 2, following the Gophers’ win over Ohio State. Noga scored nine points including two 3-pointers and one layup and a free throw which completed a three-point play.

The other senior honored was Micaella Riche. She and Noga are the only seniors on this year’s Gopher women’s basketball team.

Noga, who played with Parkers Prairie against other high schools in Otter Tail County, contributes both offensively and defensively for the Gophers. Minnesota needs her on the court, and that’s a reason she averages 36.2 minutes of playing time. Each game is 40 minutes in length.

Last year Noga was named Minnesota Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. She also was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2013.

This year, through March 2, she scored 241 points for a 8.3 points per game average. Her total rebounds for 2013-14 stood at 131, for an average of 4.4 rebounds per game. She’s had 33 steals, best on this year’s Gopher women’s squad.

On March 6 the Gophers were scheduled to begin Big 10 tournament action in Indianapolis, Ind.

Noga played high school basketball in Parkers Prairie for her father, John, varsity girls coach for the Panthers. She won all-state honors and led her team to a third-place finish in the 2010 Minnesota High School State Girls Basketball Tournament.

As a senior in Parkers Prairie, the 5-foot 10-inch Noga averaged 24.5 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. She was selected as Minnesota’s Associated Press Player of the Year in 2010.

Story by Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent