Oct. 31, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Minnesota junior guard Rachel Banham has been named preseason First Team All-Big Ten in voting by the conference’s coaches and media members, the conference office announced on Thursday morning at Big Ten Basketball Media Day.
Banham, who led the Big Ten in scoring at 20.7 points per game during 2012-13, was a unanimous selection by the media and also earned a spot in voting by the coaches. She was recently named to the “watch list” for The Wade Award and to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30.
A First Team All-Big Ten selection by Big Ten coaches 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 and is 151 points ahead of the total all-time leading scorer Lindsay Whalen scored during her first two seasons.
A native of Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS), Banham recorded five 30-plus point games last season, which included scoring a career-high 39 points versus Creighton. She tallied three 30-point games during a four-game stretch of Big Ten contests from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7.
The other players to make both preseason All-Big Ten teams are Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, who was selected the conference’s preseason Player of the Year, along with Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Purdue's Courtney Moses. Michigan State's Klarissa Bell was named to the coaches team, while Iowa's Samantha Logic was named to the media team.
Nebraska was chosen as the favorite to win the Big Ten in the preseason polls by both the coaches and media, with Penn State second and Michigan State third. The conference only announces the top three teams in its projections.
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