Senior Rachel Banham will return to the Gophers next season.
Senior Rachel Banham scored 32 points and a career-high eight three-pointers
The junior guard eclipsed the Gophers' single-season scoring record in helping Minnesota advance in the WNIT.
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
The sophomore averaged 20.7 points per game as a sophomore.
Rachel Banham scored 35 points in Minnesota's overtime win vs. Butler.
Rachel Banham scored 32 points in Minnesota's victory over Southern.
Minnesota rallied from a 16 point deficit to beat Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota wrapped up the regular season with a 17 point win over Ohio State.
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The Gophers came back from 16 points down to defeat Wisconsin in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota vs. No. 7 Penn State
Women's Basketball vs Denver University 12.05.12
Career Honors and Awards
2014-15 • Senior Season: Redshirted the season due to injury • played in and started 10 games for the Gopher before suffering a season-ending ACL injury • named an AP Preseason All-America Honorable Mention selection • earned a spot on espnW's Preseason All-America Second Team • listed at No. 5 on espnW's preseason list of the nation's top players • named 2014-15 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year • named to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Top 50 • earned a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 • member of the "Wade Watch" list • ranks second in program history behind Lindsay Whalen (2,285) with 2,179 career points • needs 107 points to break Minnesota’s career scoring record • became Minnesota’s career leader in three-point field goals made (235) in the second half vs. Butler (12/7) surpassing Shannon Schonrock, who scored 230 from 2002-06 • scored a season-high 35 points and connected on five three-pointers against the Bulldogs, including the game-tying three-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime • connected on a career-high eight three-pointers and scored 32 total points in the win over Southern (11/25) • her eight three-pointers rank second on Minnesota’s single-game record chart • dished out a career-high 13 assists vs. Cleveland State (11/19) for her first points/assists double-double (27 points/13 assists) • notched her 2,000th career point in Gophers season opener (11/14), becoming only the fourth Gopher in program history to reach that milestone • ranks second all-time at Minnesota with 102 games in double figures.
2012-13 • Sophomore Season: Played in and started all 32 games for the Gophers • averaged 20.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game • named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention • named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention • also earned a spot on the WBCA All-District 6 team • garnered First Team All-Big Ten accolades from the league's head coaches and second team honors from voting media • earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors (12/10) • Best Buy Classic MVP • Subway Classic MVP • finished the season ranked 10th nationally in free throw percentage (.895) and 14th in points per game (20.7) • finished the season as the second-leading sophomore scorer in NCAA Division I • ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring, 4th in free throw percentage and assist turnover ratio (1.4), 8th in assists (3.9), 9th in steals (1.9) and 10th in minutes played (35.3)• became the 21st Gopher in program history to notch 1,000 career-points after scoring 37 vs. Illinois (1/28) • was the third-fastest player in program history to reach 1,000 points, hitting the milestone in 57 games (Lindsay Whalen, 51 games | Laura Coenen, 54 games) • surpassed Lindsay Whalen for the program record for points scored through sophomore year with her 1,093rd career point vs. Iowa (2/7) • finished the year with 1,243 career points, which ranks 14th all-time in program history • claimed the Big Ten regular-season scoring title with a 21.0 points-per-game average • led the Gophers in scoring in 25 games, steals in 19 games, assists in 17 games and rebounds in 7 games • scored in double-figures in 31 of her 32 games played in 2012-13 and 64 of her 68 career games played • scored 20 or more points in 16 games and 30 or more points in 5 games as a sophomore • dished out her 200th career assist at Ohio State (2/21) • pulled down her 300th career rebound in the win vs. #7/7 Penn State (2/28) • scored her 900th career point at Michigan State (1/3), her 800th career point vs. UMKC (12/7) and her 700th career point vs. Missouri (11/24) • first Gopher to score 30 or more points in a game since Jan. 24, 2008 (Leslie Knight - 33 points) • named Preseason All-Big Ten by league's head coaches.
2011-12 • Freshman Season: Played in and started all 36 games for the Gophers • named to the Full Court Freshman All-American First Team • named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year • garnered a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team • also earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors • named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 9 • named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times (12/12, 12/26, 1/9, 1/17, 1/31) • earned a spot on the WBI All-Tournament Team • earned a spot on the Best Buy Classic All-Tournament Team • finished the season with team-highs in points (580), points per game (16.1), field goals (216), three-point field goals (54), three-point percentage (.425), defensive rebounds (148) and minutes played (1,213) • her 580 points were the third-highest total among the nation's freshmen, and were the most points scored of any freshman in the six power conferences • set program freshman records in points, field goals, field goal attempts and three-point percentage • ranked 97th overall nationally in points per game (16.1) and 74th in free throw percentage (.817) • her 580 points also rank seventh on Minnesota's single-season register, while she also ranks eighth in field goals, third in field goal attempts (515), fifth in three-point field goal percentage, tied for fifth in free throw percentage and tied for seventh in defensive rebounds on the Gophers' single-season record list • scored in double-figures in 33 games, including 29-straight from Nov. 20-March 18 • had nine games where she scored 20 or more points • shot .500 or better from the field in eight games • paced the Gophers in scoring in 22 games, assists in 15 games, steals in 11 games and rebounding in nine games.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Lakeville North High School • ranked among ESPNU's Terrific 25 on ESPN.com • ranked in the top-five as a point guard • 2011 Parade All-American • 2010-11 Minnesota Miss Basketball • 2011 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year • Associated Press 2011 Player of the Year • St. Paul Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 • Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2011 Player of the Year • Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2010 Co-Player of the Year • Minnesota Basketball News 2010 Player of the Year • Breakdown Magazine 2010 Player of the Year • Associated Press all-state selection in 2010 and 2011 • was an honorable mention pick in 2009 • Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association all-state honoree in both 2010 and 2011 • All-Lake Conference selection in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 • averaged 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in her senior campaign • helped Lakeville North to a 29-3 record and a conference championship in 2011 • led her squad to a perfect 32-0 record and the Class AAAA State Championship in 2010 • scored a game-high 25 points in the state championship win against White Bear Lake Area • averaged 14.8 points per game during her junior season, including 17.3 points over the final three state tourney contests • Panthers finished season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps • led team to a 21-8 record as a sophomore • scored 396 points to average 13.7 ppg • played for head coach Andy Berkvam at Lakeville North, and Gerard Coury with North Tartan Nike Elite AAU • also participated as a member of the track team, and competed at the MSHSL state meet, earning all-state honors in 2009 and 2010.
Personal: Born July 15, 1993 • daughter of Don and Mel Banham • majoring in sociology • her grandfather was a member of the UMPD for more than 30 years • has an older brother, Cole, who is a running back on the Gopher football team, as well as a younger brother, Blake, and a younger sister, Paige.