Feb. 11, 2014
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to play its first of two-straight road games when it takes on Wisconsin Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
A live stream of the contest will be available on Gopher All-Access, while fans can listen to the game live on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM, 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 15-9 record on the season and a 4-6 Big Ten record, while the Badgers host Minnesota with a 10-13 overall mark and a 3-8 conference record.
Minnesota trails Wisconsin in the all-times series, 32-35, but has won three-straight against the Badgers, including a 64-53 victory earlier this season at Williams Arena.
The last time the Gophers defeated the Badgers on the road was Jan. 6, 2013 - a 60-55 win.
Rachel Banham enters the contest averaging a team-best 14.5 points per game all-time vs. Wisconsin. The junior has scored 19 points twice against the border battle foes, including the game earlier this season.
Minnesota enters the contest on a two-game winning streak in which it has defeated Michigan on the road Feb. 1, 85-69, and Illinois at home Feb. 9, 66-61.
Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season, while also earning a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll, after posting her league-leading 11th double-double of the year in the win over the Fighting Illini.
Zahui surpassed Janel McCarville (65, 2003-04) for the Minnesota single-season blocks record against Illinois with 68 on the year. Her 68 blocks also rank 10th on Minnesota's career record chart.
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 .862 career free throw percentage. She also ranks sixth in career scoring average, eighth in three-point field goal percentage, 25th in career points, 28th in field goals and 29th in field goal attempts.
Pam Borton enters Wednesday's road game just two 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.
The Gophers rank second in the nation behind Notre Dame with a .420 three-point field goal percentage.