| Minnesota at Georgetown
|Date / Time||Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6 p.m. CT|
|Location||McDonough Arena (Washington, D.C.)|
|Radio||93.3 ALT FM | Listen Online | iHeartRadio App|
|Live Stats||Game Tracker|
|Official Sites||Minnesota | Georgetown|
|Social Media||@GopherWBB | Facebook | Instagram|
Coming off a home win to move to 8-1 on the season, the University of Minnesota women's basketball will play its next two games on the road. Up next the Golden Gophers will play at Georgetown on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. CT. Live coverage will be available at GUHoyas.com and ALT 93.3 FM.
Here are five things to know going into the game:
1 The Golden Gophers have outrebounded their past eight opponents since being outrebounded in their opener. Their +9.6 rebound margin ranks third in the Big Ten. Four different Gophers have at least one double-digit rebound game, led by freshman Destiny Pitts (10.4 rpg) with six. Minnesota has tallied fewer turnovers than seven of its opponents and leads the Big Ten (11th in the nation) with a low average of 12.11 turnovers per game.
2 The Gophers’ 87.1-point-per game offense (third in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation) has featured a balanced attack. In every game, multiple Minnesota players have scored in double figures. Nine different players have scored 10-plus points at least once this year. Most recently, center Bryanna Fernstrom (17 points) and forward Taiye Bello (16) notched season highs off the bench against Eastern Michigan, while Kenisha Bell (18) and Carlie Wagner (12) led the backcourt.
3 The Gophers turned in their third-best undefeated start in program history, 7-0, their best since starting 15-0 in the Final Four season of 2003-04. They have started at least 4-0 in a program-record four straight years. A win against Georgetown would make Minnesota 4-0 against BIG EAST teams in the past two seasons, and would be its third straight in the all-time series against the Hoyas. The Gophers beat Georgetown 68-60 last year led by Wagner’s 21 points.
4 Bell was named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List. The Naismith is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate player. Bell currently leads the Gophers with averages of 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, and has three double-doubles. Bell, a 2017 Big Ten Honorable Mention selection, was also named to the Nancy Lieberman Award (top point guard) watch list.
5 Wagner, a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree, was on the All-Big Ten Preseason Team. 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 HOYAS
• Georgetown is 4-3 and coming off a week-plus break, with its most recent game being a win against Florida International on Nov. 29. The Hoyas have a win against a Big Ten team in Northwestern.
• Head coach James Howard is in his first season leading the Hoyas. As the program’s associate head coach the past two seasons, he helped guide Georgetown to two consecutive WNIT appearances.
• With senior guard Dorothy Adomako out with an injury, Preseson All-BIG EAST guard Dionna White is leading the Hoyas with 17.6 points per game.
• Trasnfer guard Mikayla Venson is having an impact with an average of 13.0 ppg and a team-high 17 3-pointers, and forward Cynthia Petke is averaging a double-double (12.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg).
GOPHERS 2017-18 NOTABLES
• The Gophers’ Lady Rebel Round-Up win was their first Thanksgiving tournament title in nine years. Destiny Pitts was named MVP and Gadiva Hubbard made the all-tournament team.
• Destiny Pitts was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nov. 20 and Nov. 27.
• Kenisha Bell earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week recognition for the first time on Nov. 20 after recording double-doubles in three straight games.
• On Nov. 27 the Gophers got their first AP Top 25 votes since Feb. 29, 2016.
• With six double-digit rebound games, Pitts has the most double-digit rebound games since Amanda Zahui B. (24) and Shae Kelley (15) in 2014-15.
• Minnesota has had multiple double-digit point scorers in every game. Seven Gophers reached double figures in the season opener against Lehigh.
• Out of all Big Ten teams in their lidlifters, Minnesota had the most points (107), field goals (41), and 3-pointers (13), and tallied the fewest turnovers (7) in its win against Lehigh.
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