Dec. 7, 2013
Game Notes - Minnesota vs. UND
THE OPENING TIP - QUICK NOTES
The Minnesota women's basketball team continues its six-game homestand when it welcomes North Dakota to Williams Arena Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. match up.
Fans can watch a live stream of the contest on Gopher All-Access, can listen to Corbu Stathes and Lynnette Sjoquist on KBEM Jazz 88.5 FM and can follow live stats on Gophersports.com via gametracker. Live updates will also be available on twitter - @GophersWBB.
The all-time series between Minnesota and North Dakota is tied, 1-1, with the Gophers securing a 92-66 win in the team' last meeting in Minneapolis on Dec. 8, 1985.
Minnesota enters Sunday's contest with a five-game home winning streak, having outscored its opponents at Williams Arena by an average of 20.8 points per game.
The Gophers remain at the Barn following a 74-67 victory vs. Miami Thursday night in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The win improved Minnesota's record in the challenge to 3-4 all-time.
Despite Minnesota's victory, the Big Ten lost the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 5-7.
Rachel Banham has scored 20 or more points in the Gophers' last four games, which includes a 36-point performance on Nov. 29 vs. Chattanooga. In those games, Banham has averaged 28.0 points per game and tallied a .569 shooting percentage, which includes a .607 mark from three-point range.
Rachel Banham moved into the No. 8 spot on Minnesota's career record chart in the win over the Hurricanes, finishing the contest with 1,465 career points. She passed Emily Fox to move into eighth place and needs 68 points to surpass former teammate Kiara Burford for seventh all-time (1,532).
Micaella Riche stepped up big for the Maroon and Gold Thursday vs. Miami, scoring 15 points, including 10 in the second half when Amanda Zahui B. fouled out of the game with 12 minutes to play.
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 this week 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).