Feb. 7, 2014
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will host Illinois at Williams Arena Sunday for its annual breast cancer awareness game and Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day. Tip off is set for 2:00 p.m.
Fans can listen to the game live on 1500 ESPN and 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 14-9 record on the season and a 3-6 Big Ten record, while the Fighting Illini make the trip to Minneapolis a 9-14 overall mark and a 2-8 conference record.
Minnesota trails Illinois in the all-times series, 24-35, with the Illini winning the last two matchups against the Gophers, and seven of the teams' last eight meetings.
The Gophers last picked up a victory against Illinois on Feb. 16, 2012, at Williams Arena, with Rachel Banham posting 19 points.
Banham enters the contest averaging 22.8 points per game all-time vs. Illinois. The junior scored 37 points against the Illini on Jan. 28 last season despite the Gophers falling 86-91 at Williams Arena.
In their last outing, the Gophers took down Michigan on the road, 85-69, behind a strong second-half performance in which they scored 51 points and shot .773 from the floor.
Amanda Zahui B. is currently tied with Janel McCarville for the Minnesota single-season blocks record with 65. The redshirt freshman needs just one block to take sole possession of the record. Her 65 blocks also rank 10th 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.
Banham was recently named to the Dawn Staley Award watch list, which is awarded to the nation's top guard.
Banham is also 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 ranks fourth among active NCAA Division I players with a .861 career free throw percentage. She also ranks sixth in career scoring average, eighth in three-point field goal percentage, 23rd in career points, 27th in field goals and 28th in field goal attempts.
Pam Borton enters Saturday's road game just three 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.