Game Preview: Gophers vs. Purdue

Go Gophers! Head coach Pam Borton will be honored before Thurday's game for her 300th career win.
Go Gophers!
Head coach Pam Borton will be honored before Thurday's game for her 300th career win.
Go Gophers!
 Minnesota (17-9, 6-6) vs. Purdue (18-7, 8-5)
 Date / Time Thursday, February 20 | 7 p.m.
 Location Williams Arena - Directions
 Tickets MyGopherSports.com
 Travel Local Weather | Parking | Preferred Hotels
 Live Video Gopher All-Access
 Radio 1500 ESPN
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Live Updates Game Day Live
 Game Notes Minnesota Get Acrobat Reader | Purdue Get Acrobat Reader
 Official Sites Minnesota | Purdue
 Social Media @GophersWBB | Facebook

Feb. 19, 2014

THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
• The University of Minnesota women's basketball team welcomes No. 21/21 Purdue to Williams Arena Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. Big Ten showdown.  
• The contest will be streamed live on Gopher All-Access, while 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.
• With the Gophers' victory at Northwestern on Feb. 15, head coach Pam Borton secured her 300th career victory. She is the seventh active Big Ten coach to reach the 300-win milestone with a 300-194 mark in her 12th year.
• Coach Borton will be presented with a commemorative basketball prior to tip off of Thursday's game vs. the Boilermakers in honor of her 300th win, while Amanda Zahui B. will also be honored pregame with a basketball commemorating her Minnesota single-season blocks record.
• The Gophers improved their record to 17-9 on the year and 6-6 in the Big Ten with its fourth-straight win at Northwestern on Feb. 15. Their 6-6 league record ranks seventh in Big Ten standings, while their four-game league winning streak is their first since 2008-09.
• Minnesota is set to play three of its last four regular-season contests in the friendly confines of Williams Arena, where the team is 11-3 this season and outscoring its opponents by an average of 12.1 points per game.
• Purdue makes the trip to Minneapolis with an 18-7 overall record and a 8-5 league record, while ranking No. 21 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. They rank fourth in Big Ten standings.
• The Gophers trail the Boilermakers, 17-41, in the all-time series which dates back to 1978, with their last win coming at home, 74-47, on Jan. 14, 2010.
•  Rachel Banham is averaging 16.0 points per game all-time against the Boilermakers, which includes a 21-point performance in the teams' last meeting on Feb. 24, 2013 at Williams Arena.
• The Gopher rank in at No. 30 in the latest RPI report, which was released by the NCAA on Monday, a jump of 11 spots from last week when they ranked No. 41.
Rachel Banham looks to become the first Gopher since Carol Ann Shudlick in 1993 to lead the Big Ten in scoring in league only contests, carrying an average of 23.9 points per game into Thursday's contest. It would be the highest season average since Penn State's Kelly Mazzante averaged 25.1 points per game in 2002.
• Banham leads the Big Ten this season with 16 games of 20 or more points and four games of 30 or more points.
• The junior needs just five three-point field goals to break the single-season record of 74 set by Katie Ohm during the 2008-09 season.
• Banham remains on watch lists for all three national player of the year awards, as she has been named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20, the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 and the Wade Award Watch List.
Amanda Zahui B. leads the league with 12 double-doubles this season, which includes five in Big Ten play.
• Minnesota ranks in the top-55 nationally in eight catergories heading into Thursday's game, paced by a No. 3 ranking in three-point field goal percentage (.412). It trails only Notre Dame (.431) and Duke (.414).