Nov. 30, 2013
Rachel Banham continued her torrid shooting to lead the University of Minnesota (7-1) women’s basketball team to a 79-55 win over Colorado State (4-2) in the Waikiki Marriott Resort and Spa Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Banham scored 25 points on 10-for-12 shooting, including 5-for-6 from three-point range.
Banham is shooting 21-of-31 (.677), including 8-of-9 (.889) from three, during the Rainbow Showdown. She has scored 61 points in the two games in Honolulu. She scored her 25 against Colorado State in just 23 minutes of court time.
Kayla Hirt scored a career-high 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Shayne Mullaney also reached double figures, adding 11 points. Amanda Zahui B. led the Gophers with 12 rebounds as Minnesota controlled the boards, 40-27.
Minnesota outshot the Rams .550 (33-60) to .317 (19-60) on the game. Colorado State took more three-pointers than two-pointers, but only connected on 12 of their 39 long-range attempts (.308). The Gophers went 6-for-14 (.429) from three.
Minnesota held the lead for most of the first half. The Gophers led by as much as 14, ahead 34-20 before Elin Gustavsson’s three-pointer cut the halftime lead to 34-23.
Banham and Hirt each scored 10 points in the opening half. Fourteen of the Gophers’ points in a row came from the pair during one stretch of play.
The Gophers began to extend the lead early in the second half, and led by as much as 30 late in the game. Banham scored 15 points in the second half. All seven of Micaëlla Riché’s points came in the second period to help the Gophers keep the momentum.
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