March 5, 2014
NOTE: Gopher fans in attendance in Indianapolis are encouraged to come to the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis (49 South Meridian) for a special Gopher fan gathering at 4:30pm on Thursday, March 6! Goldy Gopher and the Gophers Spirit Squad will be in attendance -- come support the Gophers and mingle with other Minnesota fans!
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
• The University of Minnesota women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed for the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 11-seed Wisconsin in the opening round Thursday at approximately 8:00 p.m. CT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
• The contest will be broadcast live on BTN with Eric Collins and Stephanie White on the call, 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.
• The Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis (49 South Meridian St.) will be the Official Home for Gopher Fans during the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.
• Minnesota earned its highest seeding since 2009 after posting an 8-8 Big Ten record and a 19-11 overall record following its 74-57 victory over Ohio State Sunday at Williams Arena for Senior Day.
• With a 3-13 league record and a 10-18 overall mark, Wisconsin earned the No. 11 seed for the Big Ten Tournament after dropping its regular-season finale to Northwestern, 77-73, in overtime Sunday.
• Minnesota trails Wisconsin, 33-35, in the all-time series which dates back to 1974, but has won four-straight games against the Badgers, including a series sweep this season.
• Wisconsin is Minnesota's most common opponent in the league tournament, as they have faced-off five times, with the Badgers holding a 3-2 advantage.
• Minnesota is 6-19 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament, with its most successful season coming in 2005, when it played in the Championship Game.
• The Gophers rank No. 38 in the latest RPI report, which was released by the NCAA on Monday, March 3.
• Rachel Banham was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team by both coaches and media.
• With a 23.3 point-per-game average, Rachel Banham became the first Gopher since Carol Ann Shudlick in 1993 to lead the Big Ten in scoring in league only contests.
• It was the highest average since PSU's Kelly Mazzante averaged 25.1 points per game in 2002.
• Banham leads the Big Ten this season with 19 games of 20 or more points and five games of 30 or more points.
• Banham broke the Gophers' single-season three-pointers record Sunday with her 77th three-pointer of the year.
• Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten by media, Second Team All-Big Ten by coaches, Defensive All-Big Ten and was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
• Zahui B. claimed the Big Ten rebounding title with her 11.5 rebounds per game in league only games. She is the first Gopher since Janel McCarville in 2005.
• Senior Sari Noga was Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.