Minnesota Uses Injured Guard Banham For NCAA InspirationMinnesota believes its best player will be helping in the NCAA tournament against DePaul even though she won't be on the floor. Rachel Banham, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against North Dakota in December, a devastating loss that could have sent the Gophers' season into a tailspin. Instead, it became a rallying point as Minnesota (23-9) earned its first tournament berth since 2009.
Kelley, Gopher Women Ready For NCAA TourneyThe Gopher women's basketball team believes now that they are in the dance, why not win some games? The reason they have a chance against DePaul and beyond is a new addition, who may have made it all possible.
Shae Kelley Making The Most Of Only Season At MinnesotaThe recruiting standard has been set high by new coach Marlene Stollings and her staff at Minnesota. The one-player class of senior forward Shae Kelley has flourished.
Minnesota To Get Banham Back Next SeasonMinnesota will get guard Rachel Banham back for another year. Banham announced Friday she'll return to the team next season after being awarded a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, essentially a reset of her senior year.
Despite Loss To Maryland, Gophers Progressing Under StollingsThe Gophers women's basketball team played its first game as a ranked team since 2006 on Sunday afternoon, and it was a big game at that, with Maryland coming in ranked No. 12 and coming off a Final Four run a year ago.
Gophers Women Overcoming Loss Of Best PlayerThe Minnesota Golden Gophers had not been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 in nearly 10 years. That drought seemed as if it would keep going when star guard Rachel Banham was lost for the season with a knee injury on Dec. 10.
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Banham Hurts Knee, Out For Rest Of Gophers SeasonMinnesota senior point guard Rachel Banham will miss the rest of the season after injuring her right knee. Coach Marlene Stollings made the announcement Thursday. Stollings says Banham suffered a torn ACL in her knee Wednesday in the first half of the Gophers' win at North Dakota.
Gophers' Hollins, Banham Earn Big Ten Weekly HonorsThe Big Ten Conference announced Monday that two University of Minnesota basketball players have been given player of the week honors. Senior guard Andre Hollins was named the Player of the Week on the men's side after helping lead the Gophers to wins over Wake Forest and Western Carolina.
Gophers' Banham Named To John R. Wooden Award ListUniversity of Minnesota women's basketball senior guard Rachel Banham was selected Monday to the Preseason Top 30 list for the John R. Wooden Award. The list is made up of 30 players who are the early front-runners for college basketball's top player of the year. Banham was ranked No. 5 on the list and was also named a Second-Team All-American.
Gopher Women To Host Cleveland State In Rare Noon GameThe Gophers women's basketball team has an unusual start time for the next home game: noon. Minnesota will host Cleveland State at Williams Arena on Wednesday in the atypical midweek matinee. The game has been dubbed Gophers Kids Field Trip Day, with local elementary schools bringing students to watch the game over lunch.
Stollings Era Begins For Gophers WomenThe Gophers women's basketball team will start the season at home against Southeastern Louisiana. This won't be just another opener. Friday night will be the first game for new head coach Marlene Stollings, who was hired in April to replace Pam Borton. She spent the last two years at VCU. Stollings will rely heavily on guard Rachel Banham, the Preseason Player of the Year pick in the Big Ten.