u women’s gameday


Minnesota (21-6, 10-5 Big Ten): The Gophers carry a four-game winning streak, its longest in conference play this season, into their regular-season home finale. The Gophers have reached the 21-victory mark for the first time since 2004-05; they have won 22 or more regular-season games only three times in program history, establishing the team record of 23 victories in 1980-81 and matching it in 2002-03. The Gophers’ 10 Big Ten victories this season are their most since 2008-09. Sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. is two blocked shots away from breaking her school single-season record of 105; she leads the Big Ten with 12.1 rebounds per game after grabbing a conference-record 29 in Tuesday’s victory over Iowa. Zahui also scored a career-high 39 points in that game and now is fourth in the league in scoring (18.3 ppg).

Michigan (15-11, 7-8): The Wolverines have lost five of their past seven games and ended a three-game losing streak with a 68-52 victory over Indiana on Wednesday. They are 1-4 in their past five against the Gophers. Michigan features a balanced offense, with four players — Shannon Smith (14.4 points per game), Katelynn Flaherty (14.3), Cyesha Goree (14.0) and Siera Thompson (11.7) — scoring in double figures. Goree is among the Big Ten’s best rebounders, ranking sixth in the league with 10.3 per game. The Wolverines are particularly strong offensive rebounders(14.1 per game).