Rachel Banham paced the Gophers with 19 points.
Rachel Banham had 17 points in the loss.
The Gophers played in front of a crowd of 6,361 at Williams Arena.
Banham and Cotton each score 17 points in the loss.
Members of the Minnesota women's basketball team share their holiday traditions.
Minnesota wrapped up the regular season with a 17 point win over Ohio State.
The Gophers defeated SMU, 77-70, in the second round of the WNIT.
Minnesota vs. No. 8 Penn State - AP Photo Gallery
Home opener, Gophers win
Career Honors and Awards
2013-14 Sophomore Season: Played in 23 games for the Gophers with 11 starts named Academic All-Big Ten averaged 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.6 steals in an average of 17.0 minutes per game led the Gophers with a .500 (14-28) three-point field goal percentage ranked third on the team with 14 three-pointers and fifth with 42 assists played in the first two games of the season before missing 11 games with illness (11/16-22) made her first appearance since Nov. 11 vs. Oakland, scoring three points in three minutes of play made her first start of the season at No. 13/13 Penn State (1/26) after entering the starting lineup at Northwestern (2/15), she averaged 2.9 assists per game posted her first-career double-double vs. SMU (3/23) with 11 points and 11 rebounds became the first Gopher since 2010 to dish out 10 assists in a single game at Northwestern (2/15) her 38 minutes in the start at Northwestern were a career-high had a career game at Michigan (2/1), posting career-highs with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and four three-point field goals scored seven points in the win over Northwestern (1/12)
2012-13 Freshman Season: Played in 24 games for the Gophers with seven starts averaged 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 317 minutes of action ranked third on the team in three-point field goal percentage (.357) and fourth in three-point field goals made (10) missed six games due to illness named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 19 connected on her first collegiate field goal in the season-opener vs. Washington State (11/10) dished out a season-high four assists vs. Ohio (11/17) scored a career-high 12 points vs. Maine (11/18) pulled down a career-high six rebounds vs. Missouri (11/24) at the Cancun Challenge.
High School: 2012 graduate of Osseo High School earned four athletic letters in basketball 2012 Minnesota Miss Basketball candidate led her team to the Class 4A State Championship Game in her senior campaign averaged 10.0 points and 2.3 assists per game in the state tournament on her way to being named to the Minnesota State High School League's All-Tournament Team 2012 Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention selection 2012 All-Pioneer Press Honorable Mention three-time all-conference selection participated in the 2012 Minnesota Girls High School All-Star Series 2012 recipient of Osseo High School's Athena Award, given to the school's most outstanding female athlete named her team's Best Defensive Player three-straight seasons was named the MVP of the 2009 AAU Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. voted onto the all-tournament team at the Hopkins Holiday Classic as a sophomore named the Player of the Game at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic during her junior campaign played for head coach Joey Waters at Osseo High School also played for Bill Larson's North Tartan Nike Elite AAU, coached by Gerard Coury was also a member of the varisty soccer team beginning in eighth grade named her team's Rookie of the Year as an eighth grader twice named to the all-conference team named team captain in both basketball and soccer two-straight years also lettered in track and field earned the True Team Award as part of the 4x4 relay team.