March 1, 2014
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
• The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to close out its regular-season schedule Sunday when it hosts Ohio State at 1:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.
• The contest will serve as Senior Day for the Gophers' two seniors, Sari Noga and Micaëlla Riché. The pair's Senior Day celebration is schedule to take place after the game.
• 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 KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM.
• Live stats can be found on Gophersports.com and live updates will be available on twitter at @GophersWBB.
• Minnesota enters Sunday's contest with a 18-11 overall record and a 7-8 Big Ten record following its 73-62 win over Indiana Thursday night at the Barn. Its 7-8 record ranks seventh in league standings.
• Ohio State is tied with Indiana for eighth in conference standings with a 5-10 Big Ten record and a 15-16 record on the season after falling 61-65 at Iowa on Thursday.
• Sunday's game will conclude the Gophers' two-game homestand which will mark the first time since 2005-06 that the squad played its last two regular-season games at Williams Arena.
• The team is 12-4 and outscoring its opponents by an average of 10.0 points per game at home this season.
• Minnesota trails Ohio State, 13-52, in the all-time series which dates back to 1976, but has won three of its last five meeting against the Buckeyes. Minnesota posted a regular-season series sweep over the squad last season.
• The Gophers rank No. 37 in the latest RPI report, which was released by the NCAA on Monday, Feb. 24.
• 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 23.1 points per game into Sunday's game.
• 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 18 games of 20 or more points and five games of 30 or more points.
• With 73 three-pointers this season, Banham needs just two 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 two of the national player of the year awards, as she is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 and the Wade Award Watch List. She was also on the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30.
• Amanda Zahui B. leads the league with 13 double-doubles this season, while her six in league play tie for fourth.
• Minnesota ranks in the top-65 nationally in eight catergories heading into Sunday's game, paced by a No. 4 ranking in three-point field goal percentage (.392). It trails only Duke, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.
• Sari Noga is improving her game in Big Ten play this season, as she is averaging 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in conference-only games. She posted averages of 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in non-conference games.