It was the count down to 1,000 points for Rachel Banham Monday night as the Gophers hosted the Fighting Illini.
After scoring 10 points in the first half, Banham only needed five more points to reach the impressive mark. A layup got her within three points, and at the 17:07 mark, Banham went down to the corner, shot up a 3-pointer, and sure enough, it went in. The crowd went wild and were all on their feet cheering to congratulate her.
Banham became the 21st player in program history to achieve the milestone. Not only is that impressive, but she did it in the third-fastest time, trailing only Lindsay Whalen, who notched 1,000 in 51 games, and Laura Coenen in 54 games. Now Banham, as many describe as the next Whalen, is chasing after a new record.
Whalen had 1,092 points at the conclusion of her sophomore season. There's a new countdown started for Banham's chase to break that record next, but first she needs to surpass Coenen's 1,037. That shouldn't be a problem.
Banham had an outstanding game finishing with 37 points, a career-high in a non-overtime game and in a Big Ten game. Although the Gophers fell short to Illinois, 86-91, we congratulate Rachel Banham on her career milestone and can't wait for the next 1,000.
Follow Banham and the Gophers at their upcoming games on January 31 vs. Michigan, February 7 vs. Iowa, and February 17 vs. Northwestern.
First 1000 fans in attendance at the February 17 game vs. Northwestern will receive a free “I Heart the Gophers” T-shirt!