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Feb. 7, 2013
The University of Minnesota (15-9, 4-6 B1G) women's basketball team got 34 points and nine rebounds from Rachel Banhamto defeat visiting Iowa (16-8, 5-5 B1G), 72-60, Thursday night in Big Ten action from Williams Arena.
With her basket with 10:46 remaining in the second half, Banham surpassed Lindsay Whalen for the program scoring record for a sophomore. Whalen boasted 1,092 points by the end of her sophomore campaign, while Banham finished the contest with 1,099 for her career.
Banham also passed former Gopher and current Minnesota assistant coach Kelly Royslandfor the No. 15 spot on Minnesota's all-time scoring register. Roysland concluded her career with 1,074 points.
Along with Banham, freshman Shayne Mullaney and redshirt freshman Kayla Hirt also scored in double-figures for the Gophers in the victory, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Micaëlla Riché was Minnesota's top rebounder, pulling down a game-best 13 boards to go along with six points, two blocks and a steal, while Sari Nogaadded six rebounds, five points, four assists and a steal.
The Gophers outshot the Hawkeyes, .448 (26-58) to .286 (18-63), while also holding the rebounding advantage, 48-34. The Maroon and Gold posted a .417 shooting percentage from three-point range, scored 32 points in the paint and got 14 points from its bench.
The Gophers took their first lead of the game, 7-6, on a three-pointer from Mullaney at 13:11 and Banham extended the home team's lead to four points with a three-point play just a minute later. A three-pointer from Noga capped Minnesota's 11-2 run and made the score 13-6 with 12:03 to play in the first half.
Banham put the Gopher ahead by nine points a 9:02 with a bucket in the paint, before a layup from Riche at 6:40 gave Minnesota a 14-point advantage, 29-15.
Iowa was able to pull within nine points of the Gophers with just under a minute to play, but Hirt put it back into double-digits with a baseline jumper with 44 seconds to play in the half, sending Minnesota into halftime with a 38-27 lead.
Banham accounted for nearly half of the Gophers' point total in the first half, pouring in 18 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line. Riché and Hirt each added six points, with Riché pulling down a team-best eight rebounds.
As a team, the Gophers posted a .455 (15-33) field goal percentage and were 3-8 from three-point range. Minnesota scored 18 points in the paint and 11 fast break points.
Iowa opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the home team's lead to just six points, 38-32, but the Maroon and Gold answered back with an 8-1 run to pull ahead 46-33 at 15:49.
The Hawkeyes refused to go away, as they hit a three-pointer at 11:29 to once again pull within six points of Minnesota, 50-44, but back-to-back baskets from Hirt and Banham extended the home team's lead back to 10 points with 10:46 remaining in the contest.
A three-pointer and two free throws from the Hawkeyes made the score 54-49 midway through the half, before they pulled within three points, 60-57, with a three-pointer at 5:18.
Banham knocked down a deep three-pointer with the shot clock winding down at 2:33 to put the Gophers ahead by six points, which allowed Minnesota to go on a 7-1 run to close out the contest.
The Maroon and Gold is back in action Sunday, when it travels to Champaign, Ill., for a Big Ten rematch vs. Illinois. The contest is slated to get underway at 1:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on BTN.
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