Leah Cotton
Leah  Cotton


Kansas City, Kans.

High School:
Olathe Christian HS



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Banham Named to All-Big Ten First Team

Micaëlla Riché was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, Shayne Mullaney earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors and Leah Cotton was named Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten's Sportsmanship Award.


Gophers Drop Close Contest to #22/21 Purdue

The Gophers had four players score in double-figures in the loss.


Gophers Take Down Buckeyes on the Road

Minnesota earned a 57-56 victory on the road over Ohio State


Gophers Outlasted at Illinois 76-66

Rachel Banham had 17 points in the loss.


Gophers Set to Host Michigan Thursday

The contest will tip off at 7:00 p.m. from Williams Arena.


Gophers Beat Iowa

Rachel Banham scored 34 points as Minnesota beat Iowa at Williams Arena.


Minnesota beats UNI

The Golden Gophers defeated Northern Iowa at Williams Arena.


Minnesota beats UMKC

The Golden Gophers defeated UMKC at Williams Arena.


Minnesota tops Robert Morris

Minnesota defeated Robert Morris at Williams Arena.


Get to Know Leah

Get to know Gopher guard Leah Cotton.


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


Women Basketball vs. Villanova

Gophers win the Best Buy Classic


Women Basketball vs. Concordia St Paul

Home opener, Gophers win


WBI Championship

Minnesota defeats Northern Iowa to win the Women's Basketball Invitational

Leah Cotton's Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

2011-12 • Junior Season: Played in all 36 games for the Gophers, with 17 starts • concluded her junior campaign ranked third on the team in steals (48), assists (52), free throws (77) and free throw attempts (106), fourth in points scored (221), points per game (6.1) and field goal attempts (201) and fifth in field goals made (70) and blocked shots (9) • ranks sixth on Minnesota's career record chart with a .747 free throw percentage • scored in double-figures eight times on the year • paced the Gophers in steals 12 times and in assists four times this season • totaled six points, two steals and two rebounds vs. Northern Iowa in the WBI Championship Game (3/25) • dished out five assists vs. Manhattan in the WBI semifinals (3/23) • had 14 points, five rebounds and two assists vs. Bradley in the WBI quarterfinals (3/18) • totaled seven points, four steals and three assists vs. Charleston Southern in the WBI (3/16) • had four points and two rebounds vs. Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament (3/1) • scored two points and grabbed two rebounds at No. 11/15 Penn State (2/26) • had eight points and four rebounds at No. 8/14 Ohio State (2/23) • totaled six points vs. Illinois (2/16) • scored five points at Iowa (2/9) • doled out three assists at Illinois (2/2) • had four assists, two steals and two rebounds vs. No. 9/9 Ohio State (1/29) • tallied 10 points and four rebounds at Nebraska (1/22) • scored five points and dished out two assists vs. Michigan State (1/19) • totaled 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with six rebounds vs. Indiana (12/30) • posted 11 points and four assists in the Big Ten opener at Purdue (12/30) • had six points and led all players with four steals at Denver (12/14) • tallied a career-high six rebounds and scored 12 points vs. Alcorn State (12/11) • posted a career-high two blocks to go along with six points, two assists, two steals and three rebounds vs. Harvard (12/10) • was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the win vs. the Crimson • scored 14 points in back-to-back games vs. Air Force (12/7) and No. 1/1 Baylor (12/4) • had four steals, four rebounds and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line vs. the top-ranked Lady Bears in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge • contributed five points, all from the free throw line, and four rebounds at Wake Forest (12/1) • had eight points and a team-best three steals in the win vs. Virginia Tech (11/26) • posted 11 points, three steals, a team-best four assists vs. North Dakota State (11/20) • scored eight points in the season-opener vs. Arkansas (11/11)

2010-11 • Sophomore Season: Played in 30 games with one start • averaged 10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game • was the team's top free throw shooter, making 108-of-142 (.761) attempts • led the team in scoring nine times • tied with Kiara Buford for team-high total of six games with 20 or more points • had 10 points in the loss at #12 Michigan State (1/23) • led all scorers with 24 points, while also tying her career-high with five rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists in the loss versus Wisconsin (1/20) • scored seven points at Wisconsin (1/9) • made 8-of-11 field goals for a team-high 18 points in the loss to Iowa (1/5) • had a team-high 13 points in the loss at Illinois (12/30) • scored 12 points and had three assists in the win versus Northern Arizona (12/22) • led the team with 21 points at Alabama A&M (12/14) • finished with 17 points versus Cal Poly (12/12) • recorded career-highs for points (26), rebounds (5), three-pointers made (3) and free throws made (13-of-16) versus Southern (12/9) • recorded a team-high 20 points, making 5-of-11 field goals and 9-of-13 free throws at #2/3 Baylor (12/5) • earned Nugget Classic all-tournament honors • led the team with a career high of 25 points and five steals against North Carolina State (11/27) • tallied 12 points versus SDSU (11/26) • scored 12 points against Dayton (11/21) • finished with six points, three rebounds, three assists, and a block versus UWM (11/20) • Best Buy Classic all-tournament selection • bettered her career-high with 23 points, making 10-of-12 field goals, against Green Bay (11/14) • set new career highs of 18 points and six assists in the season-opener versus Northern Illinois (11/13).

2009-10 • Freshman Season: Played in 27 games with one start • averaged 3.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game • posted four games in double figures • garnered her first career start at Northwestern (1/17), replacing the injured China Antoine • matched a season-high with four rebounds in overtime win over Iowa (1/3) • scored 10 points versus No. 9/10 Xavier, her first game against a nationally ranked opponent • tallied a career-high 15 points in win over North Dakota State, third straight game in double figures • scored 11 points, including two three-pointers, in win over Colorado • scored in double figures for the first time with 11 points vs. Illinois-Chicago • scored seven points and grabbed two steals against Lamar (11/15) in her first collegiate game • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Olathe Christian School in suburban Kansas City, Kans. • had her #32 jersey retired as the most decorated player in school history • led the Warriors to the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Division II title with a 32-2 record during her junior season in 2007-08 • the 2008 NACA Tournament most valuable player • an NACA All-American in 2007 and 2008 • averaged 28.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 4.1 steals and 3.3 blocks during her high school career • won Kansas Christian Athletic Association title for fourth straight year in 2009 • three-time KCAA Player of the Year • averaged 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.7 steals as a junior • led team to a 98-14 record in her high school career • played her AAU ball for the NE Lady Prospect of Kansas coached by Phillipe McCree and the Kansas Warrior Hoops coached by Gary Newsome.

Personal: Born Dec. 28, 1991 • majoring in family social science • daughter of Lydia Block • has siblings Lydell and Elise.


WNBA Update, Vol. 1

WNBA Update, Vol. 1

6/20/2018 - W. Basketball

Approximately a third of the way through the 2018 WNBA season, three former Gophers are playing in the league and trying to position their respective teams into the playoff picture.

Meet Assistant Coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis

Meet Assistant Coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis

6/20/2018 - W. Basketball

New Gopher women's basketball assistant coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis sits down with Corbu Stathes from the Gopher Radio Network.

First Look: Summer Basketball Practice

First Look: Summer Basketball Practice

6/13/2018 - W. Basketball

Get your first look at the Golden Gophers as they held their first practice of the summer with their new coaching staff.

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