Nov. 23, 2013
Game Notes - Minnesota vs. Navy
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota (3-1) women's basketball team continues its three-game homestand Sunday when it hosts Navy (4-1) in a 2:00 p.m. showdown at Williams Arena.
Fans can watch the game live on Gopher All-Access and follow live stats on Gophersports.com via Gametracker.
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.
The game will serve as Military Appreciation Day with members of the military receiving a complimentary ticket with a valid ID.
Minnesota will also host a food drive at the contest, with contributing fans receiving a raffle ticket for a chance to win great Gopher prizes during the game.
Sunday's meeting will be the first all-time between Minnesota and Navy. It also marks the first time that the Midshipmen will take on a team from the Big Ten Conference.
Minnesota is undefeated at Williams Arena in two games this season, and looking to stretch that to three games on Sunday. The Gophers defeated Charlotte, 90-55, in their home opener, before topping Kansas, 70-59, Wednesday night.
With 1,318 career points, junior guard Rachel Banham needs 19 points to surpass Ellen Kramer for the No. 12 spot on the Minnesota career scoring chart. Kramer finished her career with 1,336 points.
With her 26 points vs. the Jayhawks on Wednesday, Rachel Banham extended her double-digit scoring streak to 20 games dating back to last season. The guard has scored in double figures in 68 of her 72 career games.
Amanda Zahui B. posted just the fourth triple-double in program history in the win over Kansas with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a program-record 10 blocks. It was the first points-rebounds-blocks triple-double by a Gopher.
The last time a Gopher had a triple-double was on March 5, 2004, when Janel McCarville posted 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in a 58-50 loss to No. 20/20 Ohio State.
With her school-record 10 blocks, Amanda Zahui B. jumped to the top of the Big Ten individual standings with a 4.3 blocks-per-game average. She also ranks second with her 10.3 rebounds-per-game average.
As a team, Minnesota is averaging 71.2 points per game, while outscoring its opponents by 13.3 points per game. The Gophers also boast an impressive .517 team field goal percentage and a +7.0 rebounding advantage.
The Gophers' .517 shooting percentage and .515 three-point field goal percentage both lead the Big Ten.
Minnesota is outscoring its opponents by 23 points per game at Williams Arena this season, while holding its opponents to a .289 field goal percentage.
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.