Game Preview: Gophers vs. Michigan
Feb. 13, 2018

RV/NR Minnesota (19-6, 8-4  B1G) vs. No. 23/23 Michigan (20-7, 9-5 B1G)
 Date / Time Wednesday, Feb. 14 // 7 p.m. CT
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Minnesota continues its four-game homestand Wednesday night as No. 23/23 Michigan visits Williams Arena at 7 p.m. on BTN Plus.

Here are five things you need to know before tipoff: 

1. The Golden Gophers are 34-28 all-time against the Wolverines, including an 18-11 mark in Minneapolis. Among teams its played at least 20 times in its history, Minnesota’s .548 win percentage vs. Michigan is its second best behind only a .554 mark against Indiana.

2. The Gophers are 50-11 at Williams Arena under head coach Marlene Stollings, including an 11-1 mark this year. The 50-11 record includes five wins over ranked teams, most notably an overtime victory against No. 5 Ohio State in 2016 and a win over No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 21 of this year.

3. In the latest AP poll, Minnesota was among teams receiving votes for the third time this year, also
doing so on Nov. 27 and Jan. 29. At 19-6, Minnesota is one victory away from reaching the 20-win mark for the 13th time in program history, including three times in four years under Coach Stollings. A win Wednesday would tie for the fifth fewest games needed to reach 20 wins in program history (26).

4. Junior Kenisha Bell is one of the most versatile players in the country. She is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top five of points per game (19.8), assists per game (6.6) and steals per game (2.6). Nationally, she ranks 36th in scoring average and 13th in assists per game, joining her with Oklahoma State’s Loryn Goodwin (14th and 34th, respectively) and Miami (Ohio)’s Lauren Dickerson (18th and 39th) as the only players in the country to rank in the top 40 of each category. With 978 points scored as a Gopher, Bell is 22 points away from becoming the 24th player in school history to reach 1,000 points.

5. Minnesota’s scoring average of 84.9 points per game ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally. It’s also on pace to be the highest scoring average in team history, which currently stands at 83.6 set in head coach Marlene Stollings’ second season at Minnesota in 2015-16. Junior Kenisha Bell leads the Gophers with 19.8 points per game, while senior Carlie Wagner is not far behind at 17.3. They rank fifth and ninth, respectively, in the conference in scoring. The Gophers also sit 17th in the country in both 3-pointers made per game (9.1) and 3-point shooting pct. (38.1) and 18th in 3-pointers made (227). 

PROMOTIONS
• Ticket discounts are available for Valentine's Day.


SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
• Michigan is 20-7 on the season and 9-5 in Big Ten play. After opening the year 19-4, the Wolverines have lost three of their past four games, including two straight on the road.

• Michigan is led by senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who ranks fifth in the country with 23.6 points per game. She also ranks second nationally in field goals made, field goals attempted and total points and fifth in 3-pointers made.

• Michigan leads the Big Ten in both rebounding margin (9.4) and free throw percentage (76.7) and is eighth nationally in 3-point percentage (39.5) and 11th in rebound margin and field goal percentage (47.8).

• Jillian Dunston leads the Big Ten and is ninth nationally an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.16, while Flaherty is first in field goal attempts and free throw percentage (88.1).

LAST MEETING WITH MICHIGAN
Carlie Wagner scored a career-high 38 points, but the Golden Gophers fell 84-69 at Michigan on Jan. 15 of last year.

• Wagner shot 13-of-20, including a 7-for-9 performance from 3-point range, in tying the 12th-best game scoring total in program history.

• In addition to Wagner’s 38, Joanna Hedstrom scored 13 points and made three of the Gophers’ 13 3-pointers.

• Hallie Thome had a double-double for Michigan with 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Katelynn Flaherty scored 22 points.

'33' FOR THREE
• With 20 points at Iowa on Feb. 4, senior guard Carlie Wagner became the fifth player in Minnesota history to reach 2,000 points in a career. Ranked 11th among active DI players with 2,029 career points, she is 15 points away from tying Laura Coenen (2,044) for fourth on Minnesota’s career list. (See page 3 for more of Wagner’s ranks).

• Wagner is second on the team this year with an average of 17.3 points per game and ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point pct. (41.9) and third in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (72) and 3-pointers made per game (2.88).

• She is fifth on Minnesota’s career scoring list with 2,029 points and second on the 3-point chart with 278 makes. (See chart on page 3 for more).

• Wagner has 106 career games in double figures, including a streak of 44 consecutive games from March 6, 2015 to Dec. 8, 2016 where she scored at least 10 points.

• Wagner’s 38 points at Michigan last season (1/15/17) was the 12th-best scoring game in program history.

• Wagner has earned All-Big Ten Second Team (2016, 2017) and Big Ten All-Freshman honors (2015).

FABULOUS FROSH
• Freshman Destiny Pitts has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week a league-best six times this season. She’s one of just seven players in B1G history to reach that number and is second in school history. The Minnesota record belongs to Amanda Zahui B., who had seven such honors in 2013-14.

• Pitts, who was named the USBWA National Freshman of the Week on Feb. 13, has recorded double-figure points 15 times this season and has five double-doubles.

• She recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first Big Ten game of her career at Northwestern, while at No. 10 Ohio State she finished with a career-high 28 points.


 

 

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