March 18, 2014
2014 WNIT Bracket
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is set to host Green Bay Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at Williams Arena.
It marks the second-straight WNIT appearance for the Golden Gophers, who enter this year's tournament with a 20-12 overall record and finished the regular-season with an 8-8 Big Ten record.
The contest will be streamed live on Gophersports.com and can be heard locally on 1500 ESPN, while live updates can also be found on the Gophers' official twitter page - @GophersWBB.
Wednesday will mark Minnesota's third appearance in the Postseason WNIT since Triple Crown Sports took over the event in 1998. The Gophers also appeared in the NWIT in 1978 and 1979.
The Maroon and Gold holds a 1-2 record in WNIT appearances.
The Gophers and the Phoenix will be meeting for the 13th time on Wednesday night, with the all-time series tied at 6-6. Minnesota holds a 4-2 advantage over Green Bay when playing in Minneapolis.
It will be the first meeting between the Gophers and the Phoenix in postseason play.
Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth is no stranger to Minnesota, as he served as the head coach at Michigan for five seasons from 2007-2012.
Rachel Banham will be playing in and starting her 100th game Wednesday, and needs only 26 points to break Minnesota's single-season scoring record of 708 points set by Laura Coenen in 1984-85.
The junior guard also needs 74 points to become the fourth Gopher in program history to score 2,000 career points. She currently ranks fourth on Minnesota's all-time scoring register with 1,926 points.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Amanda Zahui B. has been dominant on both ends of the floor in recent outings, as she is averaging 15.8 points, 16.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in her last four outings.
The redshirt freshman center tied Big Ten Tournament single-game records with her 19 rebounds and six blocks vs. Wisconsin in the opening round of the event.
Stabresa McDaniel has also impressed late in the season, as she averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in her last three outings.