Nov. 15, 2013
Game Notes - Minnesota at Creighton
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota (2-0) women's basketball team makes the trip to Omaha, Neb., Saturday to take on Creighton (1-1) in a 1:05 p.m. non-conference contest at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Fans can access a live video stream of the contest and follow live stats on the Bluejays' website - gocreighton.com.
The game can be heard live locally on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call, while live updates can also be found on the Gophers' official twitter page - @GophersWBB.
Saturday's meeting will be the seventh between the Gophers and the Bluejays, with Minnesota winning all six previous matchups which date back to Nov. 26, 1977.
In the teams' last meeting, Minnesota fought back from 20 points down to defeat Creighton, 88-81, last season in double-overtime at Williams Arena on Dec. 30. Rachel Banham scored a career-high 39 points in the comeback victory.
Minnesota has won two-straight games heading into Saturday's contest, defeating Northern Iowa, 73-55, on the road before knocking off Charlotte, 90-55, in its home opener.
The Gophers scored 90 points in a single game for the first time since Dec. 16, 2009, when they beat Santa Clara, 91-51, in their non-conference finale at Williams Arena.
The Gophers enter the contest vs. Creighton receiving two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the second-straight week. The Gophers also received two votes in the preseason poll.
Minnesota has not allowed more than 55 points to its opponents this season, while outscoring the competition by an average of 26.5 points per game. The Gophers have also held their opponents to a .275 field goal percentage in the pair of games.
With 1,278 career points, junior guard Rachel Banham needs just four points to surpass Ashley Ellis-Milan for the No. 13 spot on Minnesota's career chart and 59 points to overtake Ellen Kramer for the No. 12 spot on the career chart. Ellis-Milan concluded her career with 1,281 points, while Kramer finished her career with 1,336 points.
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.
Amanda Zahui B. made quite an impression in her collegiate debut against Charlotte on Wednesday night, as the redshirt freshman posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while adding five assists, two blocks and two steals, to help Minnesota to the victory.