|Minnesota (13-7, 2-4 B1G) vs. Illinois (10-8, 3-3 B1G)
|Date||Monday, January 28, 2013|
|Time||8:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Minneapolis, Minn. / Williams Arena|
|Tickets||MyGopherSports.com - 1 bench seat and $5 concession voucher for $10|
|Series Record||Minnesota trails, 24-33|
|Last Meeting||February 16, 2012 (MINN, 60-53)|
||BTN (Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler / Analyst: Stephanie White)|
|Radio||Learfield / KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM (Listen Online)|
|(Play-by-Play: Corbu Stathes / Analyst: Lynnette Sjoquist)|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | Illinois|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | Illinois|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GophersWBB | @PamBorton|
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team returns home on Monday night for just the third time this season in Big Ten action to face Illinois. The contest is set to tip off from Williams Arena at 8:00 p.m., and will be broadcast live on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White on the call.
Fans can also listen to the game live on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM and for free through Stretch Internet on GopherSports.com with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
The Gophers enter Monday's contest with a 13-7 overall record and a 2-4 record in Big Ten play following their close loss at #8/8 Penn State on Thursday night.
The Fighting Illini carry a 10-8 record on the season and an even 3-3 record in Big Ten action into the contest, which puts them seventh in league standings.
Minnesota and Illinois will be meeting on the hardwood for the 58th time, with the Illini leading the all-time series, 24-33.
Ten of Minnesota's 13 victories this season have come at the friendly confines of Williams Arena, as the Gophers are 10-2 on their home court.
The Gophers rank second in the Big Ten in scoring offense with an average of 71.5 points per game
Minnesota boasts an impressive .446 field goal percentage, which is the 19th-best mark nationally and is the third-highest percentage in the Big Ten.
With 985 career points, sophomore Rachel Banham needs just 15 points to become the 21st Gopher in program history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
The guard is currently the second-leading scorer in the Big Ten with a 20.3 points per game average, trailing only Ohio State's Tayler Hill. The guard also ranks 17th nationally in scoring average.
Shayne Mullaney is averaging 3.2 assists per game, which ranks 13th in conference standings and first among the league's freshmen. Her 1.60 assist-turnover ratio is the second-best mark among the nation's rookies.
Micaëlla Riché has already surpassed her season point total from last season with 254 points and a 12.7 points per game average.
Palma Kaposi Signs with Gophers
The forward from Hungary will have three years of eligibility starting in 2016-17.
Banham Named B1G Athlete of the Year
The senior guard was chosen from nominees representing all 14 conference schools.
Mable, Banham NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees
Minnesota's two nominees will be in consideration for the award's 26th presentation since its inception.