Game Preview: Gophers at Rhode Island
Nov. 12, 2017

 Minnesota at Rhode Island
 Date / Time Monday, Nov. 13 | 6 p.m. CT
 Location The Ryan Center (Kingston, R.I.)
 Radio 93.3 ALT FM | Listen Online | iHeartRadio App
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 Game Notes Minnesota
 Official Sites Minnesota | Rhode Island
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After opening their season with a win against Lehigh, the Golden Gophers are on the road to face Rhode Island. The Monday, Nov. 13 game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT. The Gopher Radio Network will carry a broadcast of the game on 93.3 ALT FM and the iHeartRadio app.

Here are five things to know before Minnesota's first road contest of the season:

1 The Gophers won their season opener against Lehigh 107-73 on Saturday. Their 107 points were the most by a Big Ten team in a season opener on the weekend. The Gophers have won nine straight openers and have reached triple digits in three of their past four lid-lifters, scoring 98 points in the other one. Minnesota has scored 100-plus points in 10 games during head coach Marlene Stollings’ tenure. In Saturday’s effort, seven Gophers scored in double figures: Gadiva Hubbard (22), Carlie Wagner (22), Kenisha Bell (12), Paloma Gonzalez (12), Destiny Pitts (12), Bryanna Fernstrom (11) and Destiny Pitts (10). It was Gonzalez and Pitts’ collegiate debut.

2 Stollings returns to her former conference, the Atlantic 10, in the trip to Kingston. As the head coach at VCU (2012-14) she faced Rhode Island twice and won both matchups. This will be Stollings’ second meeting with the Rams on the road.

3 Minnesota made the most 3-pointers of any Big Ten team in its opener, sinking 13 of 25 attempts (52 percent). Gadiva Hubbard shot 6-of-7 from behind the arc, a career best. The Gophers have made at least 200 triples in each of the last three seasons, their best three totals in program history.

4 Another Big Ten-leading number for Minnesota among conference teams’ openers was its low turnover total of seven. While tallying their second fewest turnovers in a game under Stollings, the Gophers assisted on 22 of 41 field goals. Kenisha Bell, who led the team with 4.9 per game last year, had eight assists and no turnovers.

5 Wagner, a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree, was on 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.

SCOUTING THE RAMS
• Rhode Island beat UMass Lowell 81-64 to open the 2017-18 campaign. Last year, the Rams went 6-23.
• Coach Daynia La-Force is in her fourth season at Rhode Island. In her first three seasons, she has coached the Rams to more Atlantic 10 wins than they had in the previous seven years.
• Four Rams players scored in double figures against UMass Lowell: Elemy Colome (19), Abby Streeter (17), Nicole Jorgenson (15) and Marta Vargas (12).
• Charise Wilson, URI’s returning leading scorer who was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team, did not play in the opener. The guard averaged 19.1 points per game as a junior last year.

UP NEXT
The Gophers return home to face Stollings' former team, VCU, on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The first 500 U of M students will receive free maroon and gold t-shirts with a design featuring Goldy, Ski-U-Mah and the Minnesota M. Admission to all Gopher women's basketball games is free to U of M students with a U Card.

TICKETS
Pick-your-pack and single-game tickets, including group tickets, are available for all games. See mygophersports.com for those tickets as well as a special Love Your Melon package available for two games.


 

 

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