March 20, 2013
A special ticket promotion is being offered for Minnesota's WNIT First Round contest against Ball State at Williams Arena Friday at 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring a kid to the game and for each adult ticket purchased, fans will receive a complimentary youth ticket. The buy one adult, get one youth ticket deal is limited and only available on site on game day, so fans are encouraged to arrive to the arena early.
Adult chair back seats are $13 per ticket for the contest, while bench seats are $9 per ticket. Youth tickets and tickets for groups of 10 or more are $5 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at mygophersports.com or on game day at the Oak Street lobby. Group tickets must be purchased in advance.
It will be the second WNIT appearance for the Gophers, with their first coming during the 2006-07 season. That year, the Maroon and Gold defeated Illinois-Chicago, 97-54, at Williams Arena in the opening round, before falling on the road at Western Kentucky, 73-57, in the second round.
Minnesota enters this year's tournament with an 18-13 overall record and concluded the regular-season with a 7-9 Big Ten Conference record, which earned it a No. 8 seed for the Big Ten Tournament.
It will be the second meeting all-time between Minnesota and Ball State, with the Cardinals defeating the Gophers, 79-70, in Minnesota's season-opening game of the 1999-2000 season at the Golden Gopher Classic.
Ball State enters the WNIT with an even 15-15 record on the season and posted a 12-4 Mid-American Conference record. The Cardinals fell to Akron in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.
Banham Record Reaction
Her 60-point performance has drawn attention from all over the country. Banham and the Gophers take on Nebraska at home this Thursday.
Banham Ties NCAA Record in 2OT Win
Rachel Banham's 60 points shattered the Big Ten record and lifted Minnesota to a 112-106 win at Northwestern
Outside the Paint with Karley Barnes
The Gophers center talked with GopherSports.com about her transfer and ACL recovery process.