Game Preview: Gophers at Ohio State
Jan. 3, 2018

 Minnesota (1-1, 12-3) at Ohio State (2-0, 13-2)
 Date / Time Thursday, Jan. 4 | 6 p.m.
 Location Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio
 TV/Live Video No TV // BTN Plus
 Radio 93.3 ALT FM // Listen Online // iHeart Radio App
 Live Stats Click Here
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 Game Notes Minnesota
 Official Sites Minnesota // Ohio State
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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team (12-3, 1-1) travels to Columbus to take on the No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-2, 2-0). 

Here are five things to know before tipoff: 

1. Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell have been the Gophers’ top two scorers for two seasons in a row.
Bell, on the watch list for the Citizen Naismith Trophy (top player) and Nancy Lieberman Award (top point guard), leads the team with averages of 21.7 points and 6.5 assists per game, which ranks 15th in the NCAA and first in the B1G. She has scored 171 points over the span of the Gophers last seven games and has scored at least 20 points in the last six games with two games of at least 30 points in that span. Wagner, a Preseason All-Big Ten honoree, scored 16 points at Northwestern to move into fifth all-time on Minnesota’s career scoring list (1,868). Wagner is second on the 3-point list (249) at Minnesota and is averaging 18.1 points per game this season.

2. Destiny Pitts has recorded dobule-figure points nine times this season and has four double-doubles. She recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first Big Ten game of her career at Northwestern. She also hit six three pointers in that game for the second time this season. She went on to win a fourth B1G Freshman of the Week honor which is tied for the most by any freshman in the conference this season. Pitts has not be alone in hauling in the B1G hardware. Kenisha Bell has been named the B1G Player of the Week once and has earned three straight B1G Player of the Week Honor Roll mentions.

3. Minnesota’s scoring average of 86.9 points per game ranks third in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation. They are second in the Big Ten in rebounds and rebounds per game (44.4).

4. Minnesota calls the charity stripe and the three-point line home this season, ranking fifth nationally and second in the B1G in free-throws made (224). The Gophers’ 74.9 free-throw percentageanks fourth in the B1G. From behind the arc, Minnesota is averaging 9.2 three-point field goals per game ranking second in the B1G and 24th in the nation.

5. The Gophers are traveling to take on No. 10 Ohio State. Minnesota’s last win over a ranked team
came on Feb. 24, 2016 against none other than the Buckeyes. Carlie Wagner scored with 0.8 seconds
left in overtime to give the Gophers a 90-88 victory.

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State is 13-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. They are coming off a 85-70 victory over Indiana and are ranked No. 10 in both major polls.

• Head coach Kevin McGuff is in his 5th season at Ohio State.

• Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell moved into second place on the Big Ten career scoring list with 2,940
points, passing Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2,919 from 2001-04). Mitchell is 153 points shy of the Big Ten career scoring record currently held by Minnesota’s Rachel Banham (3,093 from 2012-16). Mitchell is the country’s top scorer this season avarting 25.8 ppg.

•Ohio State is third in the NCAA averaging 89.7 ppg.
 

 

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