Jan. 31, 2014
Game Notes - Minnesota at Michigan
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team returns to the road Saturday for a Big Ten tilt against Michigan at the Crisler Center. The game will tip off at 11:00 a.m. CT, and will be broadcast live on BTN.
Lisa Byington will handle play-by-play responsibilities, while Shelley Till will serve as the analyst for BTN.
Fans can listen to the game live on Gophersports.com, with the Gopher radio team of Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
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 a 13-9 record on the season and a 2-6 Big Ten record, while the Wolverines play host with a 14-7 overall mark and a 5-3 conference record.
Minnesota leads the all-times series against Michigan, 32-25, and has won three of the teams' last four meetings.
In their last matchup, the Gophers defeated the Wolverines, 83-67, at Williams Arena on Jan. 31, 2013, behind 32 points from Rachel Banham.
Banham enters the contest averaging 30.0 points per game all-time vs. Michigan. The junior scored 28 points against the Wolverines as a rookie and 32 as a sophomore last season.
In their last outing, the Gophers fell to Iowa at Williams Arena, 64-56. Shayne Mullaney was Minnesota's top performer in the contest, as she posted 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Banham is one of just three Big Ten players that were 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 23.5 points per game in Big Ten contests this season. She also sits atop the Big Ten with a 22.1 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 61 blocks on the year. She needs five more to break the record of 65 blocks in a season held by Janel McCarville and one more to take sole possession on the No. 10 spot 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 2.9 blocks-per-game average.
Pam Borton enters Saturday's road 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.