|Minnesota vs. Lehigh|
|Date / Time||Saturday, Nov. 11 // 5 p.m.|
|Location||Williams Arena - Directions|
|Get in for $5 with a Nov. 11 Gopher football ticket stub|
|Travel||Local Weather | Parking | Preferred Hotels|
|TV/Live Video||BTN Plus|
|Radio||93.3 ALT FM // Listen Online // iHeart Radio App|
|Live Updates||Game Day Live|
|Game Note||Minnesota // Lehigh|
|Official Sites||Minnesota // Lehigh|
|Social Media||@GopherWBB | Facebook | Instagram|
|Clippings||Wagner leading (Pioneer Press) // Tournament is goal (Star Tribune)|
Nov. 9, 2017
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will open its season this Saturday, Nov. 11 against Lehigh. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will air on the radio at 93.3 ALT FM, available for streaming online or with the iHeartRadio app. BTN Plus will stream live video.
Fans planning to attend game are encouraged to follow parking guidelines at the bottom of this story. Gopher football fans attending the game against Nebraska can get into the women's basketball game for $5 with a ticket stub.
Here are five things to know before tipoff:
1 A young Minnesota team with eight newcomers took on a schedule rated 16th toughest in the nation by last year's final RPI report, and the Gophers return players who accounted for 83 percent of the team's scoring offense against that challenging competition. The top three scorers are back: Carlie Wagner (19.1 points per game), Kenisha Bell (16.1) and Gadiva Hubbard (12.5). Three newcomers will experience their first games as Gophers on Saturday: Paloma Gonzalez, Destiny Pitts and Irene Garrido Perez.
2 Wagner, a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree, was named to the All-Big Ten Preseason Team. Bell (2017 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention) is on the Nancy Lieberman Award (nation's top point guard) watch list. Since Marlene Stollings' arrival, the Gophers have had two Big Ten Players of the Year (Amanda Zahui B. 2015, Rachel Banham 2016), three First Team selections, two consensus Second Team selections, one All-Freshman award and one Honorable Mention. Zahui B. and Banham went on to make Minnesota the only team besides UConn to have top-five picks in both their years' WNBA Drafts.
3 Wagner enters the season eighth on the Gophers' career scoring list with 1,597 points. If she were to equal her point total from last season (593), she would finish her career third on the list behind Lindsay Whalen (2,285) and Rachel Banham (3,093). With 206 carer 3-pointers (fourth), Wagner is poised to finish her career in the top two. (Banham holds the record with 354.)
4 Four future Gophers signed National Letters of Intent this week. Delaynie Byrne (F/Arvada, Colo.) is ESPN's No. 21 player at her position. Lesila Finau (G/Dublin, Calif.) helped her Nike Elite team go undefeated in the 2017 regular season. ESPN rated Jaidah Stewart (G/Kirkwood, Mo.) 28th at her position. Houlfat "Happy" Mahouchiza (F/C/Marseille, France) is Minnesota's fifth international signee since 2015.
5 Minnesota is 26-18 in season-opening games dating back to 1973-74. The Gophers have won eight straight lid-lifters, seven of which have been at Williams Arena. Minnesota has won 15 of its last 16 openers, with the only loss coming at No. 2 Stanford in 2008. The Gophers have started all three seasons under Stollings 4-0, the first such streak in program history. They are 39-10 at Williams during her tenure.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
• Lehigh finished with a 10-20 record last season. The Mountain Hawks finished ninth in the Patriot League.
• Coach Sue Troyan is in her 23rd season at Lehigh. She has led the team to three Patriot League Championships and has the most wins in program history with 346.
• The team returns all five starters, including senior Quinci Mann. Mann averaged 29.8 points per game last season, and set the program record for free throws made in a game, with 16 vs. Loyola.
• Sophomore Hannah Hedstrom (Minnetonka, Minn.), the sister of former Gopher Joanna Hedstrom, was second on the team in minutes per game and was third in the Patriot League in assists.
Sophomore Taiye Bello is the featured player of the day and will sign autographs after the game.
Due to the home football game against Nebraska kicking off at 11 a.m., it is recommended that fans attending women's basketball arrive after 3/3:30pm when most of heavy egress traffic will have passed. Road closures around the stadium are expected to reopen around 3 p.m., most likely all being removed by 3:30. Once they reopen, fans will be able to access all parking facilities from all directions.
Standard parking facilities for women's basketball will open at 2:30 p.m. These facilities include University Avenue Ramp, Fourth Street Ramp, Lot C58, Lot C37 and Maroon Lot. The University Avenue Ramp and Lot C58 will be accessible to fans immediately when they open at 2:30 p.m. Maroon Lot and Lot 37 will not be accessible until 3:30 due to the traffic controls for football. The Fourth Street Ramp will be accessible prior to the conclusion of football but fans coming for women's basketball will only be able to access the ramp from Fifth Street and not from Fourth Street. Fans should park in the University Avenue Ramp, Lot C58 and the Fourth Street Ramp if they plan to arrive prior to 3:30.
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