March 21, 2013
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team will host Ball State at Williams Arena in the opening round of the 2013 WNIT Friday at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a free live stream of the contest available on Gopher All-Access on Gophersports.com.
The game can also be heard live on Gophersports.com via the Stretch Internet player, with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.
The Golden Gophers make their second WNIT appearance Friday with an 18-13 overall record, which is the team's best mark since the 2008-09 season.
Ball State enters the WNIT with an even 15-15 record on the season and will be making its fourth appearance in the postseason tournament and its first since 2007.
It will be just the second meeting all-time between Minnesota and Ball State, with the Gophers trailing 0-1. They fell to the Cardinals, 79-70, in Minnesota's 1999-2000 season-opener in Minneapolis.
Minnesota holds a 1-1 overall record in the WNIT, with the team's only other appearance coming during the 2006-07 season.
Big Ten schools have won the WNIT Championship three times since its inception in 1998, including Penn State (1998), Wisconsin (2000) and Ohio State (2001).
A Big Ten team has played in the WNIT Championship Game six times in the 15-year history of the event.
The Gophers boast a .444 field goal percentage entering postseason action, which not only leads the Big Ten, but also ranks 15th nationally.
With 1,231 career points, Rachel Banham needs 51 points to surpass Ashley Ellis-Milan for the No. 13 spot on the career chart. Ellis-Milan concluded her career with 1,281 points from 2006-10.
Over 70 percent of Sari Noga's scoring has come from beyond the arch this season, as 156 of her 217 total points have been of the three-point variety.
Micaëlla Riché has more than doubled her point total from a year ago and improved her scoring average by 7.2 points per game from her sophomore year. She has also upped her rebounding average by 3.5 boards per game.