Dec. 4, 2013
Game Notes - Minnesota vs. Miami
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota (7-2) women's basketball team is set to host Miami (5-2) for the 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Thursday night at Williams Arena. The game will tip off at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Debbie Antonelli on the call.
Fans can listen to Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on 1500ESPN and call follow live stats on Gophersports.com via gametracker. Live updates will also be available on twitter - @GophersWBB.
This year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge will mark the seventh year of an event that has been extended to 2016.
Minnesota is 2-4 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series vs. Miami, which includes a 1-0 record in Minneapolis.
Minnesota enters the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a four-game home winning streak, having outscored its opponents at Williams Arena by an average of 24.3 points per game.
The Gophers return home to the Barn following the three-game Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown last weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it posted a 2-1 record.
Rachel Banham was named the tournament's MVP after averaging 28.3 points per game. She shot .596 (28-47) from the field and an impressive .636 (14-22) from three-point range in the three contests.
Kayla Hirt earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The forward notched a .563 (18-32) shooting percentage during the event and posted a career-high 16 points vs. the Rams.
Rachel Banham was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll for her play last week. In four games, she helped the Gophers to a 3-1 record after averaging 25.5 points per game, a .593 (35-59) shooting percentage and a .607 (17-28) three-point field goal percentage.
As a team, Minnesota leads the NCAA Division I with a .477 three-point field goal percentage and ranks ninth in overall field goal percentage with a .490 clip. The Gophers rank in the top-100 in 11 additional categories.
Individually, the Gophers have three players that rank in the top-100 statistically, with Amanda Zahui B. and Rachel Banham leading the way. Zahui is tied for 1st nationally with her triple-double and also ranks 13th in rebounds per game (11.6), 20th in blocks per game (2.8) and 21 in double-doubles (4). Banham ranks second in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.600), 21st in three-point field goals per game (3.0), 30th in points per game (21.7) and 76th in field goal percentage (.527).
Rachel Banham moved into the top-10 on Minnesota's career record chart last week with 1,438 career points.