From Minnesota's high-scoring Rachel Banham to the top three most accurate shooters in the nation, Big Ten women's basketball is drawing national attention. BTN women's hoops analyst Shelley Till takes a look at the biggest stories this week.
The way Rachel Banham is torching the nets, we should just expect Kobe Bryant to tweet after every Minnesota game. Eight days removed from scoring a Big Ten women’s single-game record and an NCAA-tying 60 points, a performance the future NBA Hall of Famer tweeted about twice (here & here), Banham drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send Minnesota past Iowa on Monday night. Naturally, Bryant went to Twitter to congratulate one of his biggest fans, tweeting, “Clutch @rachelbanham15 not many players can side fade, let alone for a game winner #mambablood.” Banham finished the game with 35 points, to go
We often overuse the word “greatness” in sports. You don’t just roll out of bed one day and become great; greatness is cultivated over time through hard work. In the case of Minnesota’s women’s basketball player Rachel Banham, greatness has arrived. I chatted with Banham after her epic 60-point performance at Northwestern, a showing that broke the Big Ten women’s basketball single-game scoring record, tied the NCAA one, and had the basketball world buzzing this weekend. [ MORE: Kobe Bryant tweets his congratulations to Banham ] The last time a Division I women’s basketball player scored 60 in a game? It was
What a few days for Rachel Banham. Two days after pouring in a Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points (watch all of them) in a double overtime victory Sunday at Northwestern, the Minnesota star got a Twitter shout-out from her favorite player, Kobe Bryant, who is no stranger to reaching the 60-point plateau. The tweet happened early Tuesday afternoon, and Banham couldn’t believe it when she saw it in her timeline. BTN’s Lisa Byington asked Banham about Bryant in a “B1G Women’s Sports Report” interview Monday night, and playfully mentioned that the NBA star, an active Twitter
Rachel Banham and Minnesota women’s basketball fans will never forget this Super Bowl Sunday. The Minnesota star erupted for a Big Ten single-game record and an NCAA record-tying 60 points in the Gophers’ double-overtime win at Northwestern. Banham set the Big Ten record on the jumper in the video above, and she tied the NCAA record in the closing seconds. “My teammates set me up so well,” Banham said in a BTN postgame interview. “I was just feeling really good, and I’m so happy we got that win.” She was feeling good, all right. Banham, who torched Northwestern for 32
Minnesota’s Rachel Banham had a night that will be talked about for a long time by Golden Gopher women’s basketball fans. Banham scored a career-high 39 points and made a school-record 10 3-pointers in Minnesota’s 106-75 win over Illinois on Thursday night. The Gophers’ senior guard drained 10 of her 15 3-point attempts as Minnesota tied the Big Ten single-game record for 3-pointers with 19. Minnesota’s 106 total points was its second-highest ever in a Big Ten game. Check out the complete highlight at the top of this post. WATCH: @RachelBanham15 with the new program record 10 threes in a
All 14 of the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, watch all 14 women’s coaches address the media at Media Day. Click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.
With the 2015-16 Big Ten women’s basketball season coming up, the Big Ten handed out preseason All-Big Ten teams from both the coaches and the media. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades. She is joined by Michigan State’s Aerial Powers and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey as unamoius first-team All-Big Ten selections. Maryland’s Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot, Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston, and Rutgers’ Kahleah Copper also earned nods as Preseason All-Big Ten honorees from both the coaches and the media. Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft was voted to the coaches’
Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball. Thursday’s basketball media day coverage, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2015-2016 hosted by Rick Pizzo, runs from 9 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET and will feature the media availability of each men’s basketball coach, beginning with Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) at 9 a.m. ET. The women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences will run concurrently, beginning with Matt Bollant (Illinois) at
Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll