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7 P.M. VS. NORTHERN IOWA •  WILLIAMS ARENA • 1500-AM

Preview: Gophers women vs. Northern Iowa

  • December 20, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Gophers at a glance: Minnesota (9-3) takes a three-game winning streak into its second-to-last nonconference game before Big Ten conference play starts. This is a rematch between the opponents in the WBI championship on March 25 last season. The Gophers beat the Panthers 88-74 behind Rachel Banham's 26 points. ... Banham, now a sophomore point guard, is averaging a team-high 19.6 points this season. Next is for Micaella Riche at 13 points per game. ... The Gophers are shooting 47 percent from the floor, which ranks 10th nationally. ... They are 8-0 in their all-time series against Northern Iowa.

Northern Iowa at a glance: The Panthers (4-6) lost to Iowa State 67-59 on Monday. Jacqui Kalin, a 5-8 senior guard, is the only UNI player who averages in double figures at 17.6 points per game. She has made 23 free throws in a row and is shooting 97.4 percent from the foul line. ... Amber Kirschbaum, a 6-0 senior forward, averages a team-high seven rebounds. ... Four Panthers are from Minnesota, including starter Brooke Brown, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Chanhassen. ... Northern Iowa averages 8.4 three-pointers, which ranks 11th nationally.

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