Nov. 19, 2013
Game Notes - Kansas at Minnesota
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team returns to Williams Arena for a three-game homestand which begins Wednesday with a showdown vs. Kansas at 7:00 p.m.
Fans can watch the game live on Gopher All-Access and can also follow live stats on Gophersports.com via Gametracker.
The game can be heard live locally on 1500ESPN with Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call, while live updates can also be found on the Gophers' official twitter page - @GophersWBB.
Wednesday's meeting will be the 18th between the Gophers and the Jayhawks, with Kansas holding a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to March 17, 1978. Minnesota has picked up each of its three wins in Minneapolis.
In the teams' last meeting, Minnesota and Kansas battled hard through the first 29 minutes of play last season, before a 9-0 run from the Jayhawks stopped the Gophers' threat and Kansas came away with the 65-53 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.
Minnesota is looking to bounce back from a 63-52 loss at Creighton last Saturday. Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B. led the Gophers with 14 points apiece, while Zahiu and Micaella Riche each had eight rebounds.
With 1,292 career points, junior guard Rachel Banham needs 45 points to surpass Ellen Kramer for the No. 12 spot on the Minnesota career scoring chart. Kramer finished her career with 1,336 points. Banham surpassed Ashley Ellis-Milan for the No. 13 spot in the Gophers' loss at Creighton.
With her 14 points vs. the Bluejays on Saturday, Rachel Banham extended her double-digit scoring streak to 19 games dating back to last season. The guard has scored in double figures in 67 of her 71 career games played.
Amanda Zahui B. was impressive in her first official week on the court, as the redshirt freshman averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the first two games of her career.
Through its first three games, Minnesota is averaging 71.7 points per game, while outscoring its opponents by 14.0 points per game. The Gophers also boast an impressive .510 team field goal percentage and a +9.7 rebounding advantage.
Rachel Banham is on the "watch list" for The Wade Award, the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Women's Top 30 and was 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.