Game Notes - Minnesota vs. Charlotte
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team hosts Charlotte at Williams Arena Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for its 2013-14 home-opening contest.
Fans can access a live video stream of the contest via Gophers All-Access on Gophersports.com and via the Big Ten Digital Network on BTN.com.
The game can also be heard live locally on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call. Live stats will be available on Gophersports.com, while live updates can also be found on the Gophers' official twitter page - @GophersWBB.
Wednesday's matchup will be the third meeting between the Gophers and the 49ers, with Minnesota holding a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series.
Minnesota defeated Charlotte, 80-66, on the road in the teams' last meeting on Dec. 2, 2007.
The Gophers received 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.
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 1,258 career points, junior guard Rachel Banham needs 24 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.
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.
In its season opener last week at Northern Iowa, the Gophers defeated the Panthers, 73-55, and had four players score in double figures.
Rachel Banham led the squad with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Shayne Mullaney added 14 points and matched her career-high with four three pointers. Both Micaella Riche and Jackie Johnson contributed 13 points apiece, which was a career-high for Johnson.
The Gophers hit the road once again Saturday for a matchup at Creighton. Tip off for the contest in Omaha, Neb., it set for 1:05 p.m.