Thursday, December 1 2022

Women’s basketball | 02/05/2022 17:39:00

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota (10-13, 3-8 B1G) returns to Williams Arena to face Michigan State (12-9, 6-4 B1G) on Sunday afternoon. The game can be streamed on B1G+ and fans can also stream the game on KFAN+ with Justin Gaard and Lynnette Sjoquist on the call.

ABOUT THIS GAME

  • Sunday’s game with the Spartans is the second time this season the two teams have met. On January 23, Michigan State won 74-71 at East Lansing against the Gophers with Nia Clouden scoring 25 points to lead Michigan State to victory.
  • Minnesota and Michigan State meet Sunday for the 70th time in series history. The Gophers trail in all-time games 44-25. Michigan State has won each of the last three meetings and seven of the last nine.
  • In Minneapolis, the Spartans hold a 17-15 record against the Gophers and under the head coach Lindsay Whalenthe Gophers are 1-4 against the Spartans.
  • Minnesota has a Michigan native on its roster. Alanna ‘Rose’ Micheaux is from Wayne, Michigan, which is about 70 minutes from East Lansing.
  • Michigan State is 12-9 this season with road wins over Penn State and Rutgers since the two teams last met on Jan. 23. Michigan State has notable wins over Nebraska (72-69) and Northwestern (65-46).
  • Lead guard Nia Clouden was named to Dawn Staley’s end-of-season watch list last week. Clouden is one of three Big Ten players named to the watch list along with Penn State’s Makenna Marisa and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark. She is the first Spartan to be named to the Watch List since the award began in 2013.
  • Michigan State is 12th in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 378 total assists and 12th in assists per game, averaging 18.0 apg. MSU is also 34th in the nation in field goal percentage (.449). Senior guard Nia Clouden is second in the nation in free throws made (131) and 20th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.891). Clouden is also ninth in the nation with 21.0 points per game.

NOTABLE GOPHER

  • Minnesota’s last outing was an 80-70 loss to No. 5/6 Indiana in Bloomington on Feb. 3. The Gophers held a 5-point lead with just over six minutes to go before the Spartans used a late run to fire away from the Gophers and walk away with the win. In front of limited fans due to a snowstorm, the Gophers earned 26 points from Sara Scalia in loss.
  • Sara Scalia extended his double-digit scoring streak to 13 with his performance against No. 5/6 Indiana. Scalia is one of six Big Ten players with double-digit active streaks of at least 13 games. During the streak, Scalia averaged 19.7 points per game and shot 45.2 percent from three (52 from 115) and averaged 4.0 threes per game. This season, Scalia ranks 11th in the Big Ten on average (16.5).
  • As a team this season, Minnesota has the second-best three-point field goal percentage in the Big Ten at 37.5, which is also good enough for 12th-best in the NCAA. On average, the Maroon and Gold are averaging 8.5 threes per game, which is good enough for the 25th-highest rating in the nation and third-best in the conference. Overall, the team’s 196 hat-tricks are the most in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation.
  • Since joining the starting lineup against Wisconsin, the grad student Gadiva Hubbard played some of his best basketball of the season. She scored 18 points (9.0 ppg), delivered nine assists (4.5 apg) and grabbed 13 rebounds (6.5 rpg) in those two games and shot 58.3% (7 of 12) from the floor and reached 66.7% out of three. In those two games, she averaged 33.0 minutes and turned the ball over only three times.
  • To keep Already Winters continued to show why she is one of the Big Ten’s most impactful graduate transfers this season. With an average of 11.4 points per game. Winters has also been the Gophers’ top defenseman this season. His 22 interceptions (2.0 per game) during conference play are tied for fifth in the Big Ten this season and his 23 total blocks (1.0 per game) this year are good enough for 11th best in the league. conference.
  • Since getting a bump in minutes starting against Michigan State (1/23), Minneapolis, Minnesota, native Laura Bagwell Katalinich had an impact off the bench for the Maroon and Gold. She averaged 17.3 minutes per game over the last four games and made impact plays all over the court. During that span, she averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor. In each of the past two games, she has scored in double figures and played a season-high 19 minutes against No. 5/6 Indiana (2/3).
  • On December 21, the head coach Lindsay Whalen was announced as a candidate for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Whalen, who is eligible for the first time this year, is on the ballot for her time as a player. After a stellar college career where she led Maroon and Gold to the Final Four, Whalen won numerous honors and championships in the WNBA and with the US National Team. Finalists will be announced Friday, February 18 in Cleveland, Ohio during NBA All-Star Weekend.
  • Minnesota’s four signers in the 2022 signings category were all named McDonald’s All-America Games nominees last week. These future Golden Gophers include Mara Braun (Wayzata, Minn.) Battle of Amaya (Hopkins, Minn.) Mallory Heyer (Chaska, Minnesota) and Niamya Holloway (Eden Prairie, Minnesota).

IN NUMBERS
196 – At 196 three-goals this season, the Gophers have now passed the 2013-14 Gophers for the sixth-most 3-point field goals made in a single season (since 1987-88).
8 – Sara Scalia is the eighth-highest scoring individual in the Big Ten this season in Big Ten play with 17.9 points per game.
13 – Sara Scalia scored in double figures in 13 straight games, matching the longest career streak she set last season (13).
9 – Already Winters has recorded at least one steal in nine of the last 10 games, including each of the last four.
19 – Last time out against Michigan State (1/23), the Gophers recorded their conference high in assists in a game with 19.
126 – Graduate Student Sunday Gadiva Hubbard will move into a tie for ninth in program history for games played at Minnesota at 126, tying her with four others, including current assistant coach Kelly Roysland.

Minnesota will face No. 21/24 Iowa (15-5, 9-2 B1G) on the road in their next game on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The match, which was previously scheduled to be played on February 10, will be broadcast on B1G+ and can be streamed on KFAN+.

NOTE: The University has implemented a temporary proof of vaccination/testing policy that applies to all events from Wednesday, January 26, 2022 through Wednesday, February 9, 2022. For more information, please visit this link. Please note that participating student-athletes, coaches, team support staff and officials are not subject to these rules.

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