The Minnesota Women's basketball team begins its season tonight against Wofford. Coming off a 23-10 opening campaign, Marlene Stollings's team looks to start the season on the same note. The Gophers lost two key contributers in Shae Kelley and all world everything Amanda Zahui B. Advantageously, they return the best scorer in Minnesota history (which will be made official sometime this season) in Rachel Banham.
Based on last season, Minnesota will have a similar tempo, but run the game through their guards. They have good reason to do this, with the aforementioned return of Banham. Expect watching a Minnesota game this year to be fun, with a good chance of winning most games.
Provide me the Essentials to View this Game
Who are the Gophers playing? Wofford
Where are they playing? Williams Arena
When are they playing? 5:30pm CST
Can I watch it via moving pictures? Lol, absolutely not. You can shell out cash for BTN Plus.
Can I listen to the game via sound waves? Yes. 1500ESPN
Tell me more about the Opponent
It should not surprise anyone that I am not particularly familiar with the Gophers' opponent. What I can say is that Wofford was horrible last year. The Terriers finished 8-22, and 3-11 in a bad conference. Over half of their losses were by more than 10 points.
Their advanced stats profile tells a similar, painful story. Last year the Terriers scored about .78 points per possession, while giving up almost a point per possession. They turned the ball over on almost a quarter of their possessions, and were not a particularly good shooting or passing team.
Keys to the Game
Like the Men, the Women have only two keys to conference games against bad teams.
- Win the game
- No one get injured
Minnesota will likely trot out a 4 guard lineup for extended stretches today, and it should be fun to watch the interplay between Carlie Wagner and Rachel Banham.
- Minnesota wins 80-44
- Carlie Wagner scores on an alley oop set up by a back screen
- The Women will play faster than the Men