1 p.m. at Purdue • Mackey Arena • Stream: BTN PLUS (1500-AM)

Preview: The Gophers (12-1, 1-0) could put themselves in good position by winning their road opener in Big Ten play. They would have back-to-back wins over teams expected to finish in the top half of the 14-team league.

Players to watch: Junior guard Shayne Mullaney is one of the Gophers’ best pure shooters. She has been mainly counted on to direct the offensive attack, but she tied a career high with 18 points in a 72-69 upset victory over No. 12 Nebraska on Monday. There is no better time for her to become more of a scorer. Purdue senior forward Whitney Bays averages a double-double (13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game) but is connecting on only 38 percent of her shots.

Numbers: These two teams have the longest active winning streaks in the conference. The Gophers have won seven straight while the Boilermakers (8-4, 1-0) have won five in a row.

Quote: “There’s a lot of basketball left to be played. We need to take it one game at a time, and not get too high or too low. This team is hot right now. It’s been a long time since we’ve sniffed a loss, and it’s a good place to be.” — Gophers coach Marlene Stollings

 

RON HAGGSTROM