Kayla Hirt
Kayla  Hirt


Bemidji, Minn.

High School:
Bemidji HS



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Banham Lifts Gophers Over Jaguars, 107-62

Senior Rachel Banham scored 32 points and a career-high eight three-pointers


Five Gophers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

The women's basketball team has had 74 honorees during Pam Borton's tenure.


Minnesota Places 62 on Winter Academic All-Big Ten Teams

For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.


Gophers Upended By Ball State In WNIT First Round

Minnesota finishes season with 18-14 record


Banham Earns Top Women's Basketball Honors

The Gophers held their annual team banquet in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.


Gophers Rally Past Badgers

Minnesota rallied from a 16 point deficit to beat Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament.


Gophers Beat Hoosiers

Minnesota defeated Indiana at Williams Arena.


Gophers Wins Border Battle

The Gopher women's basketball team rallied for a win over rival Wisconsin.


Gophers Tame Wildcats

Minnesota routed Northwestern at Williams Arena on Sunday.


Minnesota Tops Auburn

Tournament MVP Rachel Banham led Minnesota past Auburn at Williams Arena.


B1G Tournament First Round: Gophers vs. Wisconsin

The Gophers came back from 16 points down to defeat Wisconsin in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Gophers vs Wildcats

Women's basketball


Gophers vs Auburn

Women's Basketball


Minnesota vs. No. 7 Penn State

Minnesota vs. No. 7 Penn State


Minnesota vs. No. 8 Penn State - AP Photo Gallery

Minnesota vs. No. 8 Penn State - AP Photo Gallery

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Career Honors and Awards
• Academic All-Big Ten
• Minnesota Women's Basketball Sixth Player Award

• Academic All-Big Ten
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown All-Tournament Team

• Academic All-Big Ten
• Big Ten Freshman of the Week (12/24, 1/7)
• Fast Break Club Love of the Game Award

2014-15 • Junior Season: Played in all 33 games for the Gophers with two starts • averaged 4.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 12.9 minutes per game • named Academic All-Big Ten for the third-straight season • finished her Gopher career with 592 points and 327 rebounds • scored in double-figures four times, which included a career-high 21 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana in the season-opener at Williams Arena • was one of three Gophers to score 20 or more points in the contest, which was the first time since 2003 • ranked third on the team with a .438 (64-for-146) field goal percentage and fourth with six blocks • led the Gophers in rebounding at Memphis (11/23) • connected on four free throws down the stretch to secure the win vs. Purdue at the Big Ten Tournament (3/5) • grabbed her 300th career rebound at Northwestern (2/1) • had 11 points off the bench in the comeback win over No. 12/14 Nebraska (12/29) • scored her 500th career point in the win over College of Charleston (11/29) • totaled a career-high three steals vs. Cleveland State (11/19).

2013-14 • Sophomore Season:
Played in all 35 games for the Gophers with 14 starts • named Academic All-Big Ten • Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown All-Tournament Team • averaged 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 blocks per game in an average of 24.5 minutes per game • ranked second on the team with 18 blocked shots, third with 111 field goals and fourth with 235 points, .449 (111-for-247) field goal percentage and 126 rebounds • scored in double figures 11 times • scored a career-high 16 points on two seperate occasions (2/15 at Northwestern, 11/30 vs. Colorado State) • permanantly moved into the starting lineup at Michigan (2/1) • helped the Gophers post a 9-4 record in the team's final 13 games as a starter • scored her 400th career point in the Big Ten Tournament opener vs. Wisconsin (3/6)• pulled down her 200th career rebound vs. Indiana (2/27)• made her first career start in the season-opener at Northern Iowa (11/9).

2012-13 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Played in all 32 games for the Gophers • Academic All-Big Ten • 2x Big Ten Freshman of the Week (12/24, 1/7) • averaged 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds, while adding a .449 (83-185) field goal percentage, on the year • ranked third on the team with eight games in double-figures • scored her 100th career point vs. Northern Iowa (12/21) • dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. Creighton (12/30) • posted her first-career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. UNI (12/21) • once again matched her career-high with 14 points and added a career-best 3 assists vs. UMKC (12/7) • matched her career-high with 14 points and added 7 rebounds vs. Virginia (11/29) • scored a career-high 14 points vs. Missouri, including 10 critical points in the second half (11/24) • notched her first double-digit scoring performance vs. Maine (11/18) • made her first collegiate field goal with 13:38 to play in the first half vs. Villanova, giving Minnesota a 10-point lead.

2011-12 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the season due to injury.

High School: 2011 graduate of Bemidji High School • ranked among ESPNU's Top 100 on ESPN.com • had an impressive grade of 93 (out of 100) by ESPN.com • St. Paul Pioneer Press First Team All-State • Minnesota Basketball News 2010 Class AAA Player of the Year and Top Fab 5 • Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association (MGBCA) 2010 First Team All-State honoree • Gatorade Player of the Year nominee • missed senior season after having knee surgery in early September, 2010 • played 81 career games, with career totals of 1,757 points (21.7 ppg) and 979 career rebounds (12.1 rpg), while making 715-of-1,318 (.542) field goals • ranks first on Bemidji's all-time scoring list • led Bemidji to a 25-2 record and the Class AAA State Quarterfinals in 2010 • averaged 26.0 points and 14.1 rebounds per game during her junior season • scored 658 points to average 24.4 ppg as a sophomore • also averaged 11.4 rebounds as a sophomore • played for head coach Rick Kehoe at Bemidji, and Gerard Coury with North Tartan Nike Elite AAU • was also a member of the volleyball team, earning honorable mention all-state honors in 2009 • holds school records for career kills (825) and single season kills (357).

Personal: Born May 2, 1993 • majoring in sociology • daughter of Jim and Tracy Hirt • has one brother, Ryan.


Staples Added to 2018 Recruiting Class

Staples Added to 2018 Recruiting Class

5/9/2018 - W. Basketball

Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen announced the addition of 5-10 guard Mercedes Staples to the team’s 2018 recruiting class Wednesday.

Whalen Finalizes Staff with O'Banion

Whalen Finalizes Staff with O'Banion

5/2/2018 - W. Basketball

Minnesota head coach Lindsay Whalen finalized her coaching staff Wednesday with the announcement of the return of Danielle O'Banion as assistant coach.

Wagner, Wiebke Earn B1G Medal of Honor

Wagner, Wiebke Earn B1G Medal of Honor

4/30/2018 - W. Basketball

Wagner and Wiebke were presented with their awards at the 12th annual Golden Goldys on Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

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