|Minnesota (13-8, 2-5 B1G) vs. Michigan (16-4, 5-2 B1G)
|Date||Thursday, January 31, 2013|
|Time||7:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Minneapolis, Minn. / Williams Arena|
|Tickets||MyGopherSports.com - 1 bench seat and $5 concession voucher for $10|
|Series Record||Minnesota leads, 31-25|
|Last Meeting||January 15, 2012 (MICH, 61-57)|
|Radio||Learfield / 1500 ESPN (Listen Online)|
|(Play-by-Play: Corbu Stathes / Analyst: Lynnette Sjoquist)|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | Michigan|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | Michigan|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GophersWBB | @PamBorton|
Jan. 30, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to host Michigan in Big Ten action Thursday night. The contest will tip off from Williams Arena at 7:00 p.m., and will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network and on Gophersports.com via Gophers All-Access.
Fans can also listen to the game live on 1500 ESPN or for free through Stretch Internet on GopherSports.com with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
The Gophers enter Thursday's contest with a 13-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Big Ten play, which places them in a tie for eighth in league standings.
The Wolverines carry a 16-4 record on the season and a 5-2 record in Big Ten action into the contest, which puts them in a tie for third in league standings.
Minnesota and Michigan will be meeting on the hardwood for the 57th time, with the Gophers leading the all-time series, 31-25.
Ten of Minnesota's 13 victories this season have come at the friendly confines of Williams Arena, as the Gophers are 10-3 on their home court.
The Gophers rank third in the Big Ten in scoring offense with an average of 72.2 points per game.
Minnesota boasts an impressive .447 field goal percentage, which is the 17th-best mark nationally and is the third-highest percentage in the Big Ten.
After scoring a Big Ten career-high 37 points vs. Illinois on Monday, sophomore Rachel Banham became the 21st Gopher in program history to reach the 1,000 career-points milestone.
The guard is the current Big Ten scoring leader with a 21.0 points per game average. She shares the honor with Ohio State's Tayler Hill. The guard also ranks 16th nationally in scoring average.
Shayne Mullaney is averaging 3.1 assists per game, which ranks 14th in conference standings and second among the league's freshmen. Her 1.60 assist-turnover ratio is the second-best mark among the nation's rookies and ranks sixth in the Big Ten.
Micaëlla Riché has pulled down four or more offensive rebounds in four of the Gophers' last five games.
Leah Cotton dished out a career-high nine assists on Monday night, the most for a Gopher in a single game since Nov. 20, 2010, when China Antoine tallied 11 assists vs. Milwaukee.
Game Preview: South Carolina
The Gophers' road game against the No. 6 Gamecocks will air on SEC Network. Tipoff is 2 p.m. CT Sunday.
Gophers Beat Army 70-52
Marlene Stollings won her 50th game at Minnesota as the Gophers moved to 5-1 at home this season.
Game Preview: Army West Point
Minnesota plays its second of three games in six days on Thursday night. The 8 p.m. game will be on BTN.