Jan. 2, 2014
Game Notes - Minnesota vs. Michigan State
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team opens Big Ten Conference play Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against Michigan State at Williams Arena.
A live stream of the contest will be available on Gopher All-Access and BTN.com and fans can listen to the game live on 1500 ESPN with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
In addition, live stats can be found on Gophersports.com and live updates will be available on twitter at @GophersWBB.
The Golden Gophers enter the contest with an 11-3 record on the season, while the Spartans make the trip to Minneapolis with an 8-5 record on the year.
Minnesota trails Michigan State in the all-time series, 20-37, with its last win coming on Jan. 19, 2012 at Williams Arena. Rachel Banham had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the 71-65 victory as a rookie.
The Gophers are 12-19 all-time in Big Ten openers and 6-5 in Big Ten openers under head coach Pam Borton.
The Gophers continue to prove that their offense is one of the best in the country, as they lead all NCAA Division I programs with a .443 three-point field goal percentage. The squad also ranks 13th in overall field goal percentage, 38th in free throw percentage and 49th in scoring margin.
Minnesota's defense also ranks among the top in the NCAA, as it sits at 13th in field goal percentage defense, 17th in blocks per game, 19th in scoring defense and 65th in three-point field goal defense.
A large part of those impressive numbers is due to the play of Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B., who each rank in the top-50 nationally in four different categories.
Should Rachel Banham score 10 or more points against the Spartans Saturday, she would move into a tie for third on Minnesota's career register with 77 games in double figures. Lindsay Whalen holds the record with 108.
Micaella Riche is looking to reach a career milestone Saturday, as the senior needs just two rebound to hit the 500 career-rebounds mark.
Amanda Zahui B. earned Big Ten Co-Player and Freshman of the Week honors Monday for the third time this season after posting her seventh double-double of the season with 25 points and 16 rebounds vs. Oakland.
The center also had four blocks in the win over the Grizzlies, moving her into sixth on the Gophers' single-season record chart with 46 blocks on the year. Janel McCarville holds the record with 65 in 2003-04.
Pam Borton enters Saturday's Big Ten opener just six wins away from reaching 300 victories for her career with a record of 294-188. She would become the eighth active Big Ten head coach to reach the 300 career-win milestone.