Gophers Play Host to WSU for Exhibition
Oct. 29, 2013
The Opening Tip - Quick Notes
The Minnesota women's basketball team plays host to Winona State on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for the first of two exhibition games. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.
There will be a Live Blog and Live Stats available on Gophersports.com.
The Golden Gophers play their second exhibition on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., playing host to Minnesota State Moorhead.
The Gophers boasted a .439 field goal percentage last season, which not only led the Big Ten, but also ranked among the Top 20 nationally.
With 1,243 career points, junior guard Rachel Banham needs 39 points to surpass Ashley Ellis-Milan for the No. 13 spot on the career chart. Ellis-Milan concluded her career with 1,281 points during 2006-10.
Banham is on the "watch list" for The Wade Award and was recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Women's Top 30. Last year, she averaged 20.7 points per game, which led the Big Ten, and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the conference's coaches and a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Over 70 percent of senior guard Sari Noga's scoring came from beyond the arc last season, as 162 of her 223 total points were of the three-point variety.
Last year, senior forward Micaëlla Riché more than doubled her point total from her sophomore season and improved her scoring average by 7.4 points per game. She also increased her rebounding average by 3.5 boards per game.
Riché is unlikely to play tonight after sustaining an ankle injury during Monday's practice.