Jan. 22, 2014
Game Notes - Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota (12-7, 1-4) women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Williams Arena Thursday for a Border Battle contest vs. Wisconsin (9-8, 2-3) at 8:00 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on BTN, with Kevin Kugler handling play-by-play duties and Mary Murphy serving as an analyst.
Fans can listen to the Gopher radio team of Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on 1500 ESPN.
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 12-7 record on the season and a 1-4 Big Ten record, while the Badgers boast a 9-8 overall mark and a 2-3 league record.
Thursday will mark the 67th meeting between the Gophers and the Badgers, with Wisconsin leading the all-time series, 35-31. Minnesota secured a 60-55 win last season in Madison behind 14 points from Micaëlla Riché.
Minnesota fell at Indiana, 82-78, in overtime Sunday afternoon on the road at Assembly Hall. It was the team's third overtime loss of the season, all of which have been on the road.
Junior Rachel Banham was recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20.
Banham has only been getting better as Big Ten play rolls on, as the guard is averaging a league-best 27.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists in league play. She also leads the Big Ten in assist turnover ratio.
Banham ranks third among active NCAA Division I players with a .864 career free throw percentage. She also ranks fifth in career scoring average, eighth in three-point field goal percentage, 23rd in career points, 27th in field goals, 27th in field goal attempts and 47th in free throws.
Amanda Zahui B. currently ranks third on the Gophers' single-season record chart and leads the Big Ten with 58 blocks on the year. She needs eight more to break the record of 65 blocks in a season held by Janel McCarville and four more to move into the top-10 on Minnesota's career record chart.
Zahui has secured 5 or more blocks in five contests this season, which includes a program-record 10 blocks vs. Kansas. She currently ranks eighth nationally with a 3.2 blocks-per-game average.
Pam Borton enters Thursday's home contest just five wins away from reaching 300 victories for her career. She would become the seventh active Big Ten head coach to reach the 300 career-win milestone.
The Gophers continue to be successful from three-point range this season, as the squad ranks second in the nation with a .430 three-point field goal percentage. Minnesota has connected on 113 of its 263 attempts. Notre Dame leads the NCAA Division I with a .436 three-point field goal percentage.