Jan. 28, 2014
Game Notes - Iowa at Minnesota
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team hosts Iowa for `We Back Pat' Night at Williams Arena Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The first 750 fans through the gate will receive a free t-shirt.
A live stream of the contest will be available on Gophersports.com via Gopher All-Access, while 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 13-8 record on the season and a 2-5 Big Ten record, while the Hawkeyes boast a 16-5 overall mark and a 4-3 conference record.
Minnesota trails Iowa in the all-time series, 23-46, which includes a 78-71 loss to the Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena earlier this season. Rachel Banham scored 32 points in the road loss to pace the Gophers.
Banham enters the contest averaging 28.0 points per game all-time vs. Iowa. The junior has not scored less than 20 points in four meetings with the Hawkeyes during her career.
In their last outing, the Gophers dropped a league contest at Penn State, 83-53. Banham was Minnesota's top scorer with 25 points, while Amanda Zahui B. added her 9th double-double with 16 points and 12 boards.
Banham is one of just three Big Ten players that were recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20. She is also on the Naismith Trophy and Wade Award watch lists.
Banham is averaging a league-best 25.6 points per game in league contests this season. She also sits atop the Big Ten with a 22.8 points-per-game average in all games played, a mark that ranks 14th nationally.
Banham ranks third among active NCAA Division I players with a .861 career free throw percentage. She also ranks fifth in career scoring average, 10th in three-point field goal percentage, 22nd in career points, 25th in field goals, 27th in field goal attempts and 48th in free throws.
Amanda Zahui B. ranks third on the Gophers' single-season record chart with 60 blocks on the year. She needs six more to break the record of 65 blocks in a season held by Janel McCarville and two 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 ranks second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with a 3.0 blocks-per-game average.
Pam Borton enters Wednesday's home game just four 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 rank second in the nation with a .422 three-point field goal percentage. Minnesota has connected on 119 of its 282 attempts. Notre Dame leads the NCAA Division I with a .444 three-point field goal percentage.