Big Ten Features: What a season for Minnesota's Rachel Banham
Earlier this year we profiled Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham as she approached breaking the Big Ten’ women’s basketball all-time scoring record.
Since this feature originally aired on TV and online, Banham was selected No. 4 overall by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Draft. She is averaging five points and 14 minutes a game so far in her rookie season.
The daughter of two police officers and granddaughter of the first African-American policeman at Minnesota, Banham overcame an ACL injury at Minnesota to return to her prolific scoring ways. As a 5-foot-9 senior guard in 2015-2016, she scored 60 points against Northwestern to tie the NCAA single-game record and set the Big Ten career scoring record with 3,093 points, good enough for sixth all-time in NCAA Division I. Those 60 points were the second most in one game in Big Ten history by a man or women, right behind Rick Mount’s 61 points in 1970 at Purdue.
She went on to win the conference’s Player of the Year award.
And she celebrated Senior Night with her family.