April 1, 2014
University of Minnesota junior guard Rachel Banham was named an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection for the second-straight season, it was announced on Tuesday. Banham was joined in the Big Ten by Iowa's Samantha Logic and Nebraska's Rachel Theriot as an honorable mention honoree.
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper was a second-team selection, while Penn State's Maggie Lucas was named to the third team.
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Banham was named a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection after securing the Big Ten scoring title with her 23.3 points per game average in conference only games. She became the first Gopher since Carol Ann Shudlick in 1993 to earn the distinction and only the third all-time, while her average was the highest since Penn State's Kelly Mazzante averaged 25.1 points per game in 2002. In all games played, Banham also led the Big Ten with a scoring average of 22.1 points per game.
The guard led the Big Ten with 22 games scoring 20 or more points and six games scoring 30 or more points this season. Earlier in March, Banham was named to the Wooden Award Final Ballot, and remains on the Wade Trophy Watch List and the Dawn Staley Award Watch List, which is bestowed upon the best guard in the nation.
Banham ranks fourth all-time at Minnesota with 1,993 career points, and needs just seven points to become the fourth Gopher in program history to score 2,000 points in her career. With 750 points this season, Banham broke Minnesota's single-season scoring record and also holds the record for most three-point field goals in a season with 93. Both numbers rank in the Big Ten's single-season top-10.
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