Jan. 9, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to host Ohio State in its Big Ten home-opener on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.
Fans can watch a live stream of the contest on Gophers All-Access, and they can also listen to the game live on 1500 ESPN with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
The Golden Gophers host Ohio State in their Big Ten Conference opener with a 12-4 overall record and an even 1-1 league mark.
The last time Minnesota opened a year with an 12-4 record was during the 2007-08 season.
The Buckeyes enter Thursday's contest with a 10-5 record on the season and an 0-2 Big Ten Conference record.
Ohio State dropped both games of its Big Ten opening weekend at Iowa, 71-77, in overtime and at home vs. Illinois, 73-79.
It is the first time the Buckeyes have opened the Big Ten season 0-2 since the 2000-01 season.
Minnesota and Ohio State will be meeting for the 63rd time on Thursday, with the Buckeyes holding a 51-11 advantage over the Gophers in the all-time series.
Eight of Minnesota's 11 wins vs. the Buckeyes have come in Minneapolis.
For the second time this season, Kayla Hirt was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 7 for her performance last week on the road.
Minnesota boasts an impressive .459 field goal percentage, which is the 15th-best mark nationally and is the third-highest percentage in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (.479) and Michigan (.471).
With 910 career points, sophomore Rachel Banham needs to score 90 points to become the 21st Gopher in program history to notch 1,000 career points.
The guard is currently the Big Ten's second-leading scorer with a 20.6 points per game average.
Junior Micaëlla Riché currently leads the Big Ten with a .586 field goal percentage. The mark also ranks 10th nationally.