Nov. 7, 2013
Game Notes - Minnesota at UNI
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team officially opens the 2013-14 season on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it takes on Northern Iowa on the road at the McLeod Center. Tipoff for the contest is set for 12:00 p.m.
Fans can access a live video stream of the contest via Panthers Inside Access on unipanthers.com or listen live locally on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM. Live stats will be available on Gophersports.com, while live updates can also be found on the Gophers' official twitter page - @GophersWBB.
Saturday's matchup will be the 10th between the two teams, with Minnesota holding a perfect 9-0 record vs. UNI and a 4-0 clip vs. the Panthers on the road.
Including Saturday's contest, the Gophers and the Panthers have met in each of the last three seasons.
Last season, Minnesota defeated UNI, 86-43, at Williams Arena. Banham led the Gophers with 26 points.
The Gophers are receiving two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. The Gophers last received votes in the national poll last season for the week of Nov. 26.
Following its contest at UNI, Minneosta will host Charlotte in its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota returns four of its five starters from last season - Rachel Banham, Shayne Mullaney, Sari Noga and Micaëlla Riché. The quartet accounted for 1522 of the Gophers' 2221 points scored, which was nearly 70 percent of the team's offensive production.
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, the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Women's Top 30 and was recently named to the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team by both coaches and media. The guard was also recognized by espnW contributors as one of the top-5 points guards in the nation entering the season.
Minnesota defeated Winona State, 82-44, in its first exhibition game on Oct. 29. Amanda Zahui B. led the Gophers to the 38-point win by finishing with 28 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks. Rachel Banham added 13 points, six assists and three steals, while Jackie Johnson had 12 points and six boards.
In the squad's second exhibition game, Minnesota beat Minnesota State University Moorhead, 69-54, behind 21 points from Rachel Banham and a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds from Amanda Zahui B.