Minnesota 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.
The 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.
The 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 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.
The 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.
The 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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Minnesota 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.
The 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.
University 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The college basketball season hasn’t started yet, but the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team is already getting attention across the Big Ten Conference. Senior guard Rachel Banham was named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year Thursday morning by both the coaches and the media involved in the Big Ten.
New coaches at major conference programs often inherit struggling teams. That is not the case for Marlene Stollings at Minnesota.
Rachel Banham scored 22 points Thursday night, including 10 of 10 free throws, as Minnesota rallied to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime to win their opening-round Big Ten Conference tournament game.
Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota 75-61 on Monday. Michigan State got out to a 16-point first half lead, after making 6 of 9 3-pointers, and led by double-digits for the first 16 minutes of the second half.
Carlie Wagner is a hooper and a hunter. She is also the biggest name in the senior class of girls basketball this season.
Minnesota junior guard Rachel Banham has been named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll. Banham averaged 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in games against Iowa and Northwestern last week.
Minnesota junior captain Rachel Banham has undergone successful surgery for patellar tendonitis in both knees.
Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
Minnesota saved its best performance of the season for the last home game on the schedule. The Gophers hope this win can carry over into tournament time.
The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team fell to 5-9 in the Big 10 after a 75-63 loss to Purdue on Sunday at Williams Arena.
Rachel Banham scored with .02 seconds left in regulation to lead the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team to a 57-56 win at Ohio State Thursday night.
She’s just a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, but guard Rachel Banham has already gone over 1,000 points for her career with the Gophers.
Sophomore guard Rachel Banham made history Monday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Gophers women’s basketball team lost 91-86 to Illinois in Big 10 Conference play at Williams Arena.