University of Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit has announced that Taylor Woodson (Minnetonka, Minn.) will join the Golden Gopher program this summer. Woodson comes to Minnesota after spending the 2023-24 season at Michigan. She will have three years of eligibility at Minnesota.

“Taylor is a great addition to our program,” said Plitzuweit. “She is an athletic perimeter player who has the ability to impact the game in many ways. She pushes the ball up the floor, she gets to the rim and creates shots either for herself or for her teammates. She moves well without the ball, and she defends and rebounds at a high level. Taylor was a two-time state champion at Hopkins and she is someone whom our community knows well. We are really excited about having Taylor come home and play for the Gophers, and we look forward to her continuing to grow and develop her game.”

The six-foot Woodson played in 32 games for the Wolverines last season. She averaged 8.9 minutes, 1.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds during her freshman year. Her best performance came against Iowa when she scored a career-best 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

Woodson is a 2023 graduate of Hopkins High School and played for the varsity program since seventh grade. The former high school teammate of current Minnesota guard Amaya Battle was a two-time state champion at Hopkins. As a senior, she led the Royals to a 28-3 record and a Lake Conference title. Woodson also earned 2023 Class 4A all-state and all-conference honors and averaged 18.7 points per game. She was a four-star recruit and was the No. 59 prospect in the nation according to ESPN. Woodson played AAU basketball with North Tartan.

“I cannot wait to be at the University of Minnesota for the next three years and play for my home team,” said Woodson. “I am thankful for the opportunity to play in front of friends and family, and I am excited for what’s to come. It is going to be something special.”

Woodson’s father, Johnny, played football at Minnesota and was a wide receiver for the Gophers in the 1990s.

(info courtesy of Gopher Sports)

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