Feb. 8, 2012
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will take its 12-13 overall record and its 4-7 Big Ten Conference clip to Iowa Thursday night for a league showdown with the Hawkeyes from Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The contest is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Minnesota at Iowa - 7:00 p.m. CT
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Minnesota - 12-13 Overall, 4-7 Big Ten
Iowa - 14-10 Overall, 6-5 Big Ten
Minnesota trails Iowa, 22-44
The Gophers head into Thursday's contest at Iowa with a 12-13 overall record and a 4-7 Big Ten Conference record, following a pair of league losses last week to Illinois and Penn State.
Minnesota currently sits in a tie with Wisconsin for eighth in Big Ten Conference standings.
The Maroon and Gold has lost four of its last five contests, with its win coming against No. 9/9 Ohio State on Jan. 29.
The Gophers have picked up nine of their wins this season at Williams Arena.
Minnesota has three players with double-digit scoring averages. Rachel Banham leads the team with a scoring average of 15.8 points per game, while senior Kiara Buford and junior Katie Loberg are averaging 13.8 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
Banham and Buford also average double-digit points in Big Ten Conference play. Banham ranks fifth in league standings with 18.3 points per game and Buford is tied for 14th in the rankings with 14.0 points per game.
Banham also leads the squad in field goals (146), three-point field goals (39) and three-point field goal percentage (.438), while Buford is the team-leader in free throws (84), assists (83) and steals (51).
Loberg ranks first on the team and ninth in the league with 6.8 rebounds per game overall, while sitting at No. 17 in league-only games with a 6.0 rebounds-per-game average.
Iowa currently sits in at tie for sixth in league standings with a 6-5 Big Ten record and a 14-10 overall mark following an 83-64 win at Indiana Sunday.
With their win vs. the Hoosiers, the Hawkeyes extended their winning streak to three games, tying their longest streak of the season.
Iowa will have to play the rest of the season without their leading scorer, as junior guard Jaime Printy suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in Iowa's win at Wisconsin on Feb. 2. Printy underwent successful surgery on Feb. 7 and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
In Printy's absense, Morgan Johnson takes over as Iowa's leading scorer on the year, boasting a scoring average of 16.9 points per game, while Kamille Wahlin follows close behind with an 11.9 points-per-game average.
Johnson also paces the Hawkeyes in rebounding average at 6.8 boards per game, good for 10th in conference standings, and also leads the team in total blocks with 55 on the year.
Samanth Logic is the new team-leader in steals with 38 and assists with 90, with Printy out of the lineup.
Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference with a .798 free throw percentage, as it has connected on 356 of its 446 attempts at the foul line.
The Hawkeyes will be playing at home for the first time since Jan. 28, when they defeat Purdue, 59-42. On their home court, the squad is 10-2 this season.
In the all-time series, the Gophers trail the Hawkeyes, 22-44, which includes a 13-17 home clip, an 8-24 road record and a 1-3 neutral site mark.
Minnesota has dropped its last three contests against Iowa, winning only one game in the teams' last five meetings.
Minnesota last defeated the Hawkeyes on Jan. 3, 2010 at Williams Arena. In the 72-69 overtime victory, Kiara Buford led the Golden Gophers with 21 points.
The last time the Gophers beat Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was on Jan. 25, 2007, also an overtime victory. In that contest, Emily Fox scored a career-high 30 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring.
In the teams' last meeting, Iowa's Kachine Alexander scored on a contested layup with 0:05 left, as the Hawkeyes rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to snap Minnesota's three-game winning streak and post a 64-62 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Last Time Out
Minnesota saw a 15 point first half lead disappear as it succumbed to a second-half comeback by No. 19/21 Penn State, 68-65, Sunday afternoon in Big Ten action from Williams Arena.
The Maroon and Gold had four players score in double-digits, led by Rachel Banham's 14 points. The rookie added four rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Kiara Buford had 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block to post her first double-double of the season and the third of her career.
Both Kionna Kellogg and Brianna Mastey chipped in 11 points. Kellogg also contributed seven rebounds and Mastey pulled down three.
Each team shot .379 from the floor, but the difference came from beyond the arch, where the Gophers connected on only one of its seven attempts.
The Nittany Lions were 5-of-14 from three-point range, including 4-of-5 in the second half and 2-of-2 in the final 1:13.
Up Next for the Gophers
Minnesota will return to the Barn for a Big Ten Conference contest vs. 13/15 Nebraska Monday night at 6:30 p.m.
The league game will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
With game being played on Monday night, the Pam Borton Radio Show from Applebee's will be taped Monday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.
The Gophers are 5-6 all-time when facing the Cornhuskers, which included a perfect 3-0 clip when playing them in Minneapolis.
The meeting with Nebraska will be the second this season for the Maroon and Gold, with the squad falling to the Cornhuskers, 64-49, on the road on Jan. 22.
The last time Minnesota defeated Nebraska was on Dec. 5, 2006 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
It last home win came on Dec. 3, 2005.
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