March 19, 2013
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday that Minnesota sophomore guard Rachel Banham was named an All-Region 6 nominee for the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team. Banham is one of only four sophomores named to the 52-candidate list and is the first All-Region selection for the Gophers since 2005.
Banham is one of five finalists from the Big Ten Conference, joining Ohio State's Tayler Hill, Penn State's Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas and Nebraska's Jordan Hooper in Region 6.
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Banham was named First Team All-Big Ten this season by the league's head coaches after claiming the Big Ten regular-season scoring title with her 21.0 points-per-game average. Banham is the top-scoring sophomore in NCAA Division I and ranks 12th overall nationally in scoring average heading into postseason play, having posted five games with 30 or more points and 16 games of 20 or more points on the year.
Over the course of her sophomore year, Banham has surpassed numerous milestones and ascended Minnesota career and single-season record charts. The guard became just the third sophomore Gopher to reach the 1,000-point milestone when she scored 37 points vs. Illinois on Jan. 28, and also surpassed former Gopher great Lindsay Whalen for the most points scored through a sophomore season with her 1,093rd-career point on Feb. 7 vs. Iowa.
With 1,231 career points, Banham currently ranks 14th all-time on Minnesota's career record chart, while also ranking fourth in games in double figures (63) and 10th in three-point field goals made (110). Banham also ranks fourth on Minnesota's single-season record chart with her 651 points scored this season.
The 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday April 6, during NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in New Orleans Arena.