The crowd of 7,835 included several thousand elementary schoolchildren for the early start.
Incarnate Word: The Cardinals, from San Antonio, Texas, and a member of the Southland Conference, played Minnesota for the first time. … Incarnate Word lost 11 of its first 12 games last season.
Minnesota: The Gophers are 8-0 for the third time in team history. They started 15-0 in 2003-04 and were 12-0 in 2002-03. … A former star at Minnesota and later in the NBA, Lindsay Whalen is the second coach in Gophers history to win her first five games. Pam Borton did it in 2002-03, when Whalen played for her. … The Gophers hold their highest ranking since they were 11th in February 2006.