March 7, 2014
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will take on Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Friday night 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 KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM.
Live stats can be found on Gophersports.com and live updates will be available on twitter at @GophersWBB.
Minnesota earned its highest seeding since 2009 after posting an 8-8 Big Ten record.
The Gophers came back from 16 points down in the second half to defeat Wisconsin, 74-68, in overtime in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday to move to 20-11 on the year.
It marks the first 20-win season for the Gophers since 2008-09 - their last appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska earned the No. 3 seed for the conference tournament after finishing with a 12-4 Big Ten record and a 22-6 overall record.
Minnesota trails Nebraska, 6-9, in the all-time series which dates back to 1977.
It will be the first meeting between the Gophers and Huskers in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Gophers rank No. 38 in the latest RPI report, which was released by the NCAA on Monday, March 3.
Head coach Pam Borton will be coaching in her 500th career game Friday against the Huskers.
Rachel Banham was named to the Wooden Award Final Ballot, which honors top-15 players nationally.
Banham needs just 38 points to break Minnesota's single-season scoring record (708 - Laura Coenen).
Amanda Zahui posted her 15th double-double of the year Thursday vs. Wisconsin with 12 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Her 19 rebounds tied the Big Ten Tournament single-game record and her career best, while her six blocked shots also tied the Big Ten Tournament single-game record.
The Gophers picked up their first overtime win this season (1-3) against the Badgers.
Minnesota's 16-point second-half comeback was the largest this season and the second time it has back from 10+ points down at the half to win (trailed 31-18 vs. North Dakota; won 46-44).
Five Gophers Reach Double-Digits in Win
Minnesota had five players score more than 10 points for the fifth time this season in a 110-73 win over Nebraska
Game Preview: Gophers vs. Nebraska
Minnesota has won six of its last seven games, and will look to continue the trend Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Three Gophers Named Academic All-District
Mullaney, Hedstrom and Wagner received recognition for their performance in the classroom and on the court.