May 8, 2013
University of Minnesota guard Rachel Banham (Lakeville, Minn.) is one of 31 collegiate women's basketball players that have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials which will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Banham is the first Gopher to be invited to try out for a USA Basketball team since Emily Fox made the USA Women's Pan America Games roster in 2007.
"We're fortunate that the World University Games age group allows for the development of our college-aged players and gives them an opportunity outside of the Olympics to gain international experience at the highest level," said USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee Chair Jim Foster. "We feel that this is a good mix of players to build a team that will represent USA Basketball well in Russia,"
The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition is slated for July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. The World University Games are a multi-sport competition, and the U.S. team will be comprised of athletes who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19, and all athletes will depart for home. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia.
University of Oklahoma's Sherri Coale has been tabbed head coach of the 2013 USA World University Games Team, and Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State will serve as assistant coaches.
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Banham was named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, WBCA All-Region 6 and 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 was one of the top-two scoring sophomores in NCAA Division I and ranked 14th overall nationally with a 20.7 points per game average. The guard posted five games with 30 or more points and 16 games of 20 or more points on the year.
Banham surpassed numerous milestones and ascended Minnesota career and single-season record charts during her sophomore campaign. 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 1,243 career points, Banham ranks 14th all-time on Minnesota's career record chart, and also ranks fourth in games in double figures (64) and 10th in three-point field goals made (110). Banham also ranks fourth on Minnesota's single-season record chart with her 663 points scored in 2013.
Accepting invitations to participate in the trials were: Danielle Ballard (Louisiana State University/ Memphis, Tenn.); Rachel Banham (University of Minnesota/Lakeville, Minn.); Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.); Gennifer Brandon (University of California/Sylmar, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (University of Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.); Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State University/Hamlin, Iowa); Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.); Morgan Eye (University of Missouri/ Montrose, Mo.); ReShanda Gray (University of California/Los Angeles, Calif.); Sara Hammond (University of Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.); Cassie Harberts (University of Southern California/San Clemente, Calif.); Isabelle Harrison (University of Tennessee/Nashville, Tenn.); Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.); Jordan Hooper (University of Nebraska/Alliance, Neb.); Brittany Hrynko (DePaul University/Philadelphia, Pa.); Briahanna Jackson (UCF/Tampa, Fla.); Betnijah Laney (Rutgers University/ Clayton, Del.); Jasmine Lister (Vanderbilt University/Corona, Calif.); Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.); Maggie Lucas (Penn State University/Narberth, Pa.); Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech University/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ariel Massengale (University of Tennessee/Bolingbrook, Ill.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.); Amber Orrange (Stanford University/Houston, Texas); Haley Peters (Duke University/Red Bank, N.J.); Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.); Shoni Schimmel (University of Louisville/Mission, Ore.); Meighan Simmons (University of Tennessee/Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas); Bria Smith (University of Louisville/Massapequa, N.Y.); and DeNesha Stallworth (University of Kentucky/Richmond, Calif.).
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