Gophers women’s basketball gameday

NOON VS. New Mexico • Williams Arena • NO TV (88.5-FM)

Gophers at a glance: The Gophers (6-2) and New Mexico tip off at noon for a school-getaway game. A few thousand students from around the area are expected to attend. … Rachel Banham is the Big Ten player of the week after scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Memphis in Saturday’s 70-60 victory. Her average of 24.1 points per game is fifth best in the nation. She drives the 14th-best scoring offense as the Gophers are averaging 83 points — fueled by an average of 9.8 three-pointers per game, tops among Big Ten teams. In the past three games, Carlie Wagner has scored 23, 27 and 21 points. Her scoring average of 20.5 is 8.4 higher than last year’s average. … The Gophers are on a nine-game home winning streak. The Gophers are 4-0 at home this season and were 13-2 at Williams Arena in 2014-15.

About New Mexico: Minneapolis native and Benilde- St. Margaret’s graduate Khadijah Shumpert leads the Lobos with 14.1 points per game and has two double-doubles this year. She played AAU for North Tartan with several Gophers, and against several in high school games. Cherise Beynon, a Mountain West all-freshman choice last year, is averaging 10.4. The Lobos are 6-3 this season, 1-2 on the road. They beat Pepperdine at home 60-52 in their last game.

Note: The game can be streamed on BTN Plus.

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