STrib: Klarke Sconiers Trying to Keep Gophers Together in a Pandemic

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Klarke Sconiers has an extensive job description on the Gophers women’s basketball team.

A 6-3 sophomore post from Queens, N.Y., she is currently the starting center for the Gophers. In Wednesday’s season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois — just the second start of her college career — she had 14 points and eight rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.

This is crucial for a team trying to replace Taiye Bello, one of the best rebounders in the Big Ten the past two seasons.

Sconiers’ first job is defense and rebounding while, as coach Lindsay Whalen says, keeping it simple on the offensive end.

“Her touches, her post opportunities, will come as we get more into the flow of things,” Whalen said.

But there is more.

In her second season, Sconiers is emerging as a leader. She is consistently upbeat in practices, her sense of humor evident. Always in a good mood, her energy is consistently a catalyst. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has caused stress, she works to keep the team together.
 
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