Feb. 14, 2014
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will wrap up its two-game road swing Saturday, as it is set to take on Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The contest will be televised live on BTN, with Lisa Byington and Brenda VanLengen on the call.
Fans can listen to the Gopher radio team of Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist live on 1500 ESPN.
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 three-game winning streak, a 16-9 record on the season and a 5-6 Big Ten record, while the Wildcats host Minnesota with a 14-10 overall mark and a 4-7 conference record.
Minnesota trails Northwestern in the all-times series, 30-34, but has won two of the last three meetings against Northwestern, including a 94-59 victory at Williams Arena earlier this season.
The last time the Gophers defeated Northwestern on the road was Jan. 5, 2012 - a 68-60 win.
Rachel Banham enters the contest averaging a team-best 24.3 points per game all-time vs. Northwestern. The junior has scored no less than 19 points in three games against the Wildcats, which includes a 28-point performance in the teams' last meeting.
Pam Borton enters Saturday's road game just one win 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.
Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season on Feb. 11, 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 with 72 on the year. Her 72 blocks also rank 10th on Minnesota's career record chart.
Rachel Banham was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 on Wednesday.
Banham was also recently named to the Dawn Staley Award watch list, which is awarded to the nation's top guard. She is on the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20 and the Wade Award watch list.
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.
The Gophers rank second in the nation behind Notre Dame with a .420 three-point field goal percentage.
Since entering the starting lineup at Michigan, Kayla Hirt is averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 23.0 minutes per game.