Oct. 21, 2013
One of 25 players on the preseason watch list for The Wade Award, Banham was named to the College Sports Madness fourth-team All-America unit, as well as being named first-team All-Big Ten on the site’s preseason lists.
A First Team All-Big Ten selection and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore, Banham enters her third season at Minnesota with 1,243 career points, which ranks 14th on the Gophers’ all-time scoring list. She is 151 points ahead of the total all-time leading scorer Lindsay Whalen scored in her first two seasons.
Banham led the Big Ten with an average of 20.7 points last season, and she recorded five 30-plus point games, including a career-high 39 points against Creighton. She tallied three 30-point games during a four-game stretch of Big Ten contests from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7.
Banham is among three Big Ten players on College Sports Madness’ preseason All-America teams. Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper were on the third-team. Banham, Lucas and Hooper were joined on the first-team All-Big Ten team by Michigan State’s Klarissa Bell and Wisconsin’s Jacki Gulczynski.
Riché established herself among the top forwards in the Big Ten last season by averaging 13.2 points and leading the Golden Gophers with 7.7 rebounds per game. She started all 32 games for Minnesota last season, and she enters her senior season with career totals of 651 points and 429 rebounds, giving her a chance to become the 21st player at Minnesota to reach 1,000 career points. She also has an opportunity to crack Minnesota's Top 10 for career rebounds.
Note: The teams selected by College Sports Madness are not the official preseason All-Big Ten teams chosen by the conference’s coaches and media members. Those will be announced during the Big Ten’s Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 31.
College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Teams
Coach of the Year: Connie Yori, Nebraska
Player of the Year: Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Freshman of the Year: Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Rachel Banham, Minnesota (Guard)
Maggie Lucas, Penn State (Guard)
Klarissa Bell, Michigan State (Guard/Forward)
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska (Forward)
Jacki Gulczynski, Wisconsin (Forward)
Courtney Moses, Purdue (Guard)
Morgan Paige, Wisconsin (Guard)
Samantha Logic, Iowa (Guard/Forward)
Micaëlla Riché, Minnesota (Forward)
Emily Cady, Nebraska (Forward)
KK Houser, Purdue (Guard)
Karly Roser, Northwestern (Guard)
Amber Moore, Illinois (Guard/Forward)
Lauren Douglas, Northwestern (Forward)
Ashley Adams, Ohio State (Center)
Kiana Johnson, Michigan State (Guard)
Maggie Lyon, Northwestern (Guard)
Nicole Elmblad, Michigan (Guard/Forward)
Becca Mills, Michigan State (Forward)
Sasha Chaplin, Indiana (Center)
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Courtside with Jasmine Brunson
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Game Preview: Illinois
The Gophers and Illini will meet at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Minnesota has beaten Illinois twice in a row.