Nov. 2, 2013
Behind 21 points and five assists from junior guard Rachel Banham, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team defeated visiting Minnesota State University Moorhead, 69-54, in exhibition play Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.
Amanda Zahui B. continued to impress in exhibition play as she posted her second-straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds versus the Dragons, while Micaëlla Riché added 10 points and six rebounds in her first action of the year after missing the first exhibition game with an ankle injury. Senior Sari Nogaalso made a big impression for the Gophers as she finished the game with 11 points.
Minnesota led by as many as nine points twice in the first half, but MSUM cut the Gophers' lead to just one point at the half, 35-34. Banham scored a team-best 15 points in the opening stanza, which included an 8-8 performance from the free throw line, while Riché and Zahui each added five rebounds for the home team. Minnesota notched a .414 (12-29) first-half shooting percentage and had four blocks.
The Gophers were able to go ahead by a game-best 16 points in the second half, which was in large part due to the 12 points and seven rebounds Zahui put together in the stanza. Her ability to dominate in the second half without a foul call helped the Gophers push ahead and gain a considerable lead to defeat the Dragons.
The Gophers officially open the 2013-14 season on the road at Northern Iowa on Nov. 9 at 12:00 p.m., before hosting Charlotte in their home opener on Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
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