|Minnesota (15-9, 4-6 B1G) at Illinois (13-9, 6-4 B1G)
|Date||Sunday, February 10, 2013|
|Time||1:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Champaign, Ill. / Assembly Hall|
|Series Record||Minnesota trails, 24-34|
|Last Meeting||January 28, 2013 (Illinois, 91-86)|
|Radio||Learfield / 1500 ESPN (Listen Online)|
|(Play-by-Play: Corbu Stathes / Analyst: Lynnette Sjoquist)|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | Illinois|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | Illinois|
|Social Media||Facebook | @GophersWBB | @PamBorton|
Feb. 9, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to take on Illinois in a Big Ten Conference rematch on the road Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on BTN with Mike Wolf and Patricia Babcock-McGraw on the call, and Kara Lentz reporting from the sideline.
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.
Sunday's contest is set to be part of the WBCA's Play 4Kay initiative to honor the memory of former N.C. State coach Kay Yow while raising awareness of breast cancer. The Gophers will be wearing their new pink Nike shoes for the game, while Illinois will be wearing their pink uniforms with orange and blue trim.
Minnesota and Illinois will be meeting on the hardwood for the 59th time, and the second this season, with the Illini leading the all-time series, 34-24.
The Gophers are 8-20 all-time when playing Illinois on the road.
In the teams' last meeting, Illinois defeated Minnesota, 91-86, at Williams Arena on Jan. 28, 2013. Rachel Banham scored 37 points, including her 1,000th career point, in the contest.
Nationally, the Gophers rank in the top-25 in two categories - 14th in field goal percentage (.451) and 18th in free throw percentage (.760).
Minnesota has scored 80 or more points in 10 games this season and ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring offense with an average of 71.9 points per game.
In the past four games, Rachel Banham has combined to score 114 points and reclaimed her title as the Big Ten's leading scorer with a 21.6 points per game average.
In Thursday's win vs. Iowa, Banham surpassed Lindsay Whalen for the program scoring record for points scored through a sophomore campaign. Whalen boasted 1,092 points by the end of her sophomore sesason, while Banham finished the contest with 1,099 for her career.
Banham also passed former Gopher and current Minnesota assistant coach Kelly Roysland for the No. 15 spot on Minnesota's all-time scoring register.
With her 56 career games in double-figures, Banham is only three double-figure games away from breaking into Minnesota's all-time top-five.
Shayne Mullaney is averaging 3.4 assists per game, which ranks 11th in conference standings and first among the league's freshmen. The guard also ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 85th nationally in assist turnover ratio. Her 1.6 ratio is the fourth-best mark among the nation's rookies this season.
Banham Breaks Minnesota Scoring Record
The senior guard scored 29 points in the Gophers' 81-79 overtime loss to Auburn.
Three Gophers Score 20 in Win over Hatters
Minnesota edged out Stetson 72-69 in its first game at the San Juan Shootout.
Preview: Gophers at the San Juan Shootout
Minnesota is set to take on Stetson and Auburn this Thanksgiving weekend in Puerto Rico.