Big Ten Features: What a season for Minnesota's Rachel Banham
BTN PROFILE - Rachel Banham overcame a knee injury to return to the basketball court.
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.
BTN INTERVIEW - Minnesota's Rachel Banham was voted as the 2015-16 Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Year and talks about it with Lisa Byington.
And she celebrated Senior Night with her family.
SENIOR NIGHT - Minnesota honors Rachel Banham on Senior Night prior to the game against Ohio State.