Minnesota-Wisconsin Postgame Notes

March 1, 2012

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  • The Golden Gophers are now 6-17 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament and 1-1 as the No. 8 seed.
  • Today's win snapped a six-game losing streak to Wisconsin. It is Minnesota's first win over the Badgers since Jan. 7, 2008.
  • Minnesota improves to 15-3 this year when leading at the half.
  • Pam Borton won her fifth Big Ten Tournament games, ranking fifth in victories among active coaches.
  • Trailing 15-14 with 9:14 to play in the first half, Minnesota went on a 25-8 run to take a 39-23 lead into halftime.
  • Minnesota limited the Badgers to just two field goals over the final 9:13 of the first half.
  • Minnesota has held its opponents to 25 or fewer first-half points 14 times this season.
  • The Golden Gophers came out in the second half and opened with a 22-8 run to build a 30-point lead at 61-31 with 10:05 remaining.
  • Minnesota's victory evens the series between the No. 8 seed and No. 9 seed in the tournament at 9-all.
  • Senior guard Kiara Buford moved to seventh on the Minnesota all-time scoring list with 19 points tonight, giving her 1,461 for her career.
  • Freshman guard Rachel Banham finished with a double-double, posting 11 points and 10 rebounds. She has scored in double digits in 29 of 31 games this year and 27-straight games. It is her third double-double this season.
  • Minnesota's 32-point margin of victory is the third largest in Big Ten Tournament history (Iowa 87-Indiana 53 in 1997; Michigan 72-Northwestern 39 in 2000).
  • The Golden Gophers improved to 14-2 on the season when shooting better than .400.
  • Minnesota's bench outscored the Badgers' 27-12.


  • Wisconsin is now 0-3 as the No. 9 seed and 9-18 overall in Big Ten Tournament games.
  • The Badgers hold a 3-2 advantage over Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament play.
  • Today marked senior forward Ashley Thomas' 100th career game
  • Wisconsin continues to lead all-time series with Minnesota at 35-30.
  • Junior guard Taylor Wurtz finished with 13 points, her 27th double-digit scoring effort in 29 games this season.
  • Tonight Wurtz started her 29th-straight game this season. Over the last two seasons she has started all 60 games.
  • Wisconsin shot 78.9 percent from the free-throw line (15-19), the 18th time this year they have shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.
  • Wisconsin entered the game ranked third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.353) but tonight was just 6 of 24 (.250) from behind the arc.