Jan. 13, 2014
University of Minnesota junior guard Rachel Banham was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll Monday after averaging 30.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals in games against Iowa and Northwestern last week.
Banham scored 32 points on 12-for-22 shooting from the field at Iowa on Wednesday night, before notching her fifth-career double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Gophers' victory over Northwestern at home on Sunday afternoon. Banham also matched her career-high with seven assists and added a 12-for-13 performance from the free throw line against the Wildcats.
On the week, Banham registered a .452 (19-42) field goal percentage, which included a .429 (6-14) three-point field goal percentage. Banham also had a .941 free throw percentage, connecting on 16 of her 17 attempts from the line.
The junior currently ranks seventh nationally and leads the Big Ten with a .473 three-point field goal percentage, while also ranking 11th in the NCAA in total points (349), 17th in points per game (21.8) and 40th in three-point field goals per game (2.75). Her total points and points per game also tops in the league.
Ohio State's Ameryst Alston was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, with Iowa's Samantha Logic and Michigan State's Annalise Pickrel joining Banham on the honor roll. The Spartan's Aerial Powers earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
The Gophers return to action Thursday as they are set to face No. 18 Nebraska on the road at 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.
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