Women’s Hoops Back on Williams Sunday vs. Presbyterians

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota (2-1, 0-0 B1G) looks to hit back against Presbyterian (2-1, 0-0 Big South) at Williams Arena at 2 p.m. Sunday. The game can be viewed on B1G+ and can be heard on KFAN+ or on the iHeartRadio app in conversation with Justin Gaard and Lynette Sjoquist.

ABOUT THIS GAME

  • Sunday’s matchup will be the first between the Blue Hose and the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is averaging a record 4-0 against the Big South Conference, the last meeting being a win over Charleston Southern in 2012.
  • The Blue Pants will have a narrow turnaround on Sunday after betting against St. Thomas at 7 p.m. There are 19 hours between the start of the St. Thomas-Presbyterian game and the start of the Presbyterian-Minnesota game.
  • The Blue Hose is led by fifth-year head coach Alaura Sharp, a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University. In five seasons, Sharp holds a record of 44-71.
  • Presbyterian was selected to place seventh in the Big South Presesaon Poll.
  • Last season, Presbyterian was 12-18 (6-12 Big South) and reached the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament.
  • Mara Neira is third in the big South in point averages this season with 16.0 points per game.
  • Along with Sharp, the Blue Hose has a student-athlete with Minnesota ties. Second-year guard Paige Kindseth is a graduate of Farmington High School and was awarded an honorable mention All-State Honoree in 2018-19.

GOPHER-NOTABLES

  • Last time out, the Maroon and Gold suffered a 71-65 setback on the road against North Dakota State University. Minnesota had a career-best performance as a sophomore Maggie Czinano with 13 points and seven rebounds along with 15 points from the freshman Amaya battle. Minnesota led as many as eight throughout the game, but with no freshman Mara Brauns At 27.5 points per game, the Gophers shot just 39.7 percent off the floor and posted a season-low 65 points.
  • After three points in the season opener in 10 minutes sophomore Maggie Czinano has increased her offense to 10.5 per game in the last two games off the bench, averaging about 20 minutes per game. Czinano hit the free throw line 5.5 times per game and shot 8 of 11 (72.7 percent) from the charity streak. The Watertown, Minnesota native has also averaged 7.0 rebounds per game over the past two games.
  • Redshirt newbie Katie Borowicz has upped her defensive pressure in the last two games after Borowicz failed to register a steal in the season opener, Borowicz has nabbed five steals in each of the last two games. Her five steals against Lehigh came in just 20:22. Borowicz is the first to register five steals in consecutive games in over 9 years (since before 2013).
  • Mi’ Cole Cayton started their first game in 1,833 days (November 10, 2017) against North Dakota State for injured Mara Brown. Cayton’s last start was with Cal in the opening game of the 2017-18 season. Cayton finished the game against NDSU with a season-high 17 minutes played with two assists and two rebounds.
  • Maroon and Gold’s 11 newcomers are separated by five transfers, four newcomers and two walk-ons. Minnesota transfers include Destinee Oberg (Arkansas), Mi’ Cole Cayton (Nebraska), Isabelle Gradwell (State of Cleveland), Angelina Hammond (Miami Dade) and Aminata Zie (West Nebraska CC). In the transfer group Isabelle Gradwell has the most experience at the Division I level with 117 games played now, while Cayton has played in 81 career games and Oberg at 41.
  • Minnesota’s incoming freshman class has been heralded as one of the most touted recruiting classes in program history. All four hail from the great state of Minnesota Mara Brown (Wayzata, Minn.), Amaya battle (Hopkins, Minn.), Mallory Heyer (Chaska, Minnesota) and Niamya Holloway (Eden Prairie, Minnesota). According to ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings, the group is No. 10 in class in the nation and No. 1 in the Big Ten.

BY NUMBERS
31 – Minnesota’s bench posted a season-high 31 points against NDSU (11/17).
2 – Minnesota will waive two student-athletes for the 2022-23 season thereafter Niamya Holloway and Aminata Zie Both suffered pre-season injuries at the end of the season.
162 – The Golden Gophers rookies have scored 162 of the team’s 241 points this season.
4 – student in the first year Amaya battle has placed in the top 12 of the Big Ten in four different categories so far this season (assist/turnover – 3rd, rebounds – 12th, assists – 5th, blocks – 9th).

The University of Minnesota travels to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Cav Classic on November 26 where Virginia awaits. The Gophers will also face Liberty on November 27 in Charlottesville. The games can be heard on KFAN+ and the iHeartRadio app, with the Virginia game streaming on ACCNX.

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