|Minnesota (12-14, 2-8) vs. 13/15 Nebraska (19-4, 8-3)
||Monday, February 13, 2012
||6:30 p.m. CT
||Williams Arena (14,625)
||Minnesota trails 5-6
||L, 49-64 (Jan. 22, 2012)
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Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the Barn Monday, as Minnesota women's basketball, in partnership with CDI Breast Care, will host its annual breast cancer awareness day when it takes on Nebraska at 6:30.
The Gophers will encourage mammograms with the support of CDI Breast Care and their "Mammograms and More" nights.
Additionally, there will be facts about breast cancer throughout the game and the team will be showing their support for the event by sporting pink.
The Gophers welcome Nebraska to Williams Arena for the first time in Big Ten Conference play with a 12-14 overall record and a 4-8 league mark.
Following its loss at Iowa Thursday night, Minnesota currently sits in a tie with Wisconsin for eighth in Big Ten Conference standings.
The Maroon and Gold has lost seven of its last nine contests, with its last win coming against No. 9/9 Ohio State on Jan. 29.
The Gophers have picked up nine of their 12 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 15.9 points per game, while senior Kiara Buford and junior Katie Loberg are averaging 13.6 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 18.4 points per game and 18th with 5.9 rebounds per game, and Buford is tied for 18th in the rankings with 13.5 points per game.
Banham also leads the squad in field goals (155), three-point field goals (39) and three-point field goal percentage (.424), while Buford is the team-leader in free throws (86), assists (84) and steals (53).
Loberg ranks first on the team and 10th in the league with 6.7 rebounds per game overall, while sitting at No. 18 in league-only games with a 5.8 rebounds-per-game average.
Scouting No. 13/15 Nebraska
Nebraska currently sits in a tie for third place in league standings and rank in the top 15 nationally with an 8-3 Big Ten record and a 19-4 overall mark following a 63-52 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor Thursday night.
The loss to the Wolverines snapped the Cornhuskers' four-game winning streak, which began with their, 64-49, win over the Gophers Jan. 22 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Jordan Hooper, who was recently named to the Wade Trophy Watch List, is Nebraska's leading scorer on the year, boasting a scoring average of 19.7 points per game, while Lindsey Moore follows close behind with a 16.7 points-per-game average.
Hooper also paces the Cornhuskers in rebounding average at 9.3 boards per game, and also leads the team in field goals (150), three-pointers (52) and free throws (102).
Moore is the team-leader in steals with 54 and in assists with 127, while Emily Cady paces the team with 19 blocks.
Nebraska leads the Big Ten Conference in rebounding offense with an average of 43.8 boards per game, and also paces the league in offensive rebounding percentage with a .380 mark and in three-point field goals made with an average of 7.5 per game.
The Cornhuskers' game at Williams Arena with be the squad's third road contest in their last four games. Nebraska played at Illinois on Jan. 29 and at Purdue on Feb. 2.
The Gophers are 5-6 all-time when facing the Cornhuskers, which includes a perfect 3-0 clip when taking them on 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.
In that game, Jackie Voigt suffered a concussion when she collided with Brandi Jeffery late in the second half and has yet to see the floor. If she plays against the Cornhuskers, it will be her first action in five games.
The last time Minnesota defeated Nebraska was on Dec. 5, 2006 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, while its last home win came on Dec. 3, 2005.
The Gopher won the contest, 78-70.
Against Ranked Opponents
This season, Minnesota is 1-6 when facing off against ranked opponents, with its lone win coming vs. No. 9/9 Ohio State on Jan. 29.
In those contests, the Gophers averaged 59.1 points and 41.7 rebounds per game.
Rachel Banham has averaged 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game against ranked opponents, while Kiara Buford is averaging 11.1 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.
Kionna Kellogg paces the Maroon and Gold with 6.6 rebounds per game against Top-25 teams, while Katie Loberg boasts a rebounding average of 6.0 per game.
Below are the games against ranked teams this season:
Rank - Opponent - Score
14/13 - Florida State - L, 56-68
1/1 - Baylor - L, 60-89
20/21 - Purdue - L, 53-57
17/20 - Purdue - L, 55-72
20/24 - Nebraska - L, 49-64
9/9 - Ohio State - W, 76-65
19/21 - Penn State - L, 65-68
Since Pam Borton's arrival at Minnesota, the Gophers are 19-44 vs. ranked counterparts.
The last time the Maroon and Gold defeated a ranked opponent was in a, 76-65, victory vs. No. 9/9 Ohio State at Williams Arena on Jan. 29.
Last Time Out
Minnesota fell down early and was never able to recover as it dropped a Big Ten Conference contest, 75-58, to Iowa Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Rachel Banham was the scoring and rebounding leader for the Maroon and Gold, extending her double-digit scoring streak to 22 games with 20 points to go along with six rebounds.
Also scoring in double-figures for Minnesota was Katie Loberg, who chipped in 10 points and three rebounds.
Kiara Buford added eight points and five rebounds, while Brianna Mastey also pulled down five rebounds for the visitors.
Minnesota lost the battle on the boards, 43-26, but had eight steals and shot .421 from the field, which included a .500 percentage in the second half.
The Maroon and Gold struggled from beyond the arch, connecting on only two of 14 attempts, while Iowa had seven treys in the contest, five of which came off the hand of Kamille Wahlin.
Up Next for the Gophers
Minnesota will return to the Barn for a Big Ten Conference contest vs. Illinois Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Gophers are 23-33 all-time when facing the Fighting Illini, which includes a 14-11 clip when taking them on in Minneapolis.
The meeting with Illinois will be the second this season for the Maroon and Gold, with the squad falling to the Illini, 72-67, on the road on Feb. 2.
Kiara Buford, Rachel Banham and Katie Loberg combined for 59 points in the loss, with Buford scoring a season-high 26 points.
Its last home win against Illinois came on Feb. 7, 2008, while its last win came on Jan. 3, 2009 on the road.
Close Down the Stretch in Losses
In five of Minnesota's eight Big Ten Conference losses, the squad had a lead, was tied or had been within at least two possessions of its opponents in the last three minutes of the game.
Against Penn State, the Gophers had a two-point lead with 0:50 seconds remaining in the contest.
At Illinois, Minnesota tied the game, 67-67, with 1:39 to play.
The Maroon and Gold pulled within six points of Wisconsin, 71-65, with 1:31 on the clock and to within five points with 0:11 seconds remaining.
In the game at Michigan, the Gophers held a two-point advantage at the 1:16 mark.
In the loss at Purdue, Minnesota evened the contest, 52-52, with 2:15 to play in the second half.
In the Top 10
With 23 points vs. Illinois Feb. 2, Kiara Buford surpassed Debbie Hunter to become Minnesota's ninth-highest scorer all-time.
She is the first player to move into the top-10 since Emily Fox finished her career ranked No. 7 with 1,449 career points from 2005-09.
The senior currently boasts 1,397 career points, only 45 points away from passing Carol Peterka for the No. 8 spot on the scoring register. Peterka scored 1,441 points from 1982-86.
With a scoring average of 13.6 points per game, Buford has a chance to catch Fox for the seventh-best scoring total in program history.
The guard also ranks fifth all-time at Minnesota with 122 three-point field goals and 10th with 293 free throws, 55 blocks and 150 steals.
Buford needs 10 assists to crack the career top-10 in the category.
Double-Digit Scoring Streak
Rachel Banham has scored in double-digits in 22-straight games heading into Monday's contest vs. Nebraska.
The rookie's streak is currently the third-longest in the league, as she trails only Ohio State's Tayler Hill (23) and Nebraska's Jordan Hooper (22).
Her streak dates back to the Gophers' Nov. 20 win vs. North Dakota State.
Banham has scored in double-figures in 23 of the Gophers' 25 games played on the year.
The only two games in which the rookie scored less than 10 points was vs. USF and Binghamton in mid-November.
Putting the Past Behind Them
With its next victory, Minnesota will surpass its win total from a year ago. The Gophers' next win will give them 13 on the season, surpassing last season's mark of 12.
The Maroon and Gold also needs one more win to beat its 2010-11 Big Ten win total of four victories.