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BTN's Shelley Till: Banham wants to be 'the best player on the floor'

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

Kobe Bryant congratulates Rachel Banham on 60-point game

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

No. 7 Ohio State sweeps No. 5 Maryland, takes over first place

(AP) Ohio State made its case a changing of the guard could take place in Big Ten women’s basketball this season as the seventh-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 5 Maryland 94-86 on Monday night. Fittingly, Ohio State guards Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston led the way. Mitchell had 33 points and Alston scored 22 for the Buckeyes (19-4, 11-1), who never trailed and took sole possession of the top spot in the Big Ten standings from the defending champion Terrapins (21-3, 10-2). “Obviously Ohio State was terrific tonight,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “They came out ready to play from the

Rachel Banham nets Big Ten single-game record 60 points

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

BTN's Shelley Till: Three women's hoops games to watch this week

We’re halfway through the Big Ten season and so far the preseason coaches’ poll has held true in terms of the top 3 teams in the Big Ten. They remain Ohio State, Maryland, and Michigan State. As we enter into the downhill portion of the schedule and race toward the Big Ten tourney, here is what you need to pay attention to this week. There are several great games and you’ll want to make sure that you tune into, set your DVR, or use your BTN Plus account for these games. [ MORE: Latest standings | Polls | Scoreboard | Stat leaders ] Michigan at Michigan

Shelley Till: Taking a look at hot and cold teams in Big Ten

As we approach the end of January, it may be cold outside, but a few Big Ten teams are heating up! This week we take a look at who’s hot, and who’s not? Who’s hot? Two teams are currently on five-game winning streaks: Maryland and Nebraska. The Terrapins’ offense is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and, over their current streak, they’ve revved up on both ends of the floor with a commanding +21.8 average margin of victory. Their only hiccup thus far in Big Ten play was vs. the third-ranked offense in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. However,

BTN's Shelley Till looks at Big Ten's Wooden Award candidates

The John R. Wooden midseason top 20 list is out and Big Ten women’s basketball is well represented with seven of the 20 finalists. Since the inception of the award to the women’s game in 2004, no Big Ten player has ever won the Wooden award. Seven names leads all conferences this season, so could this be the year it happens? Let’s take a look at the Big Ten’s finalists who may have the best shot. The Women’s Award was established in 2004 and presented annually to the outstanding collegiate female basketball Player of the Year. There is also a five-women

Shelley Till: Big Ten freshmen making a name for themselves

Some refer to her as inexperienced, underrated, wet behind the ears, or the new kid on the block. One would expect that the rookie would need extra time to adjust to the high level of the Big Ten. She would need to gain experience before she makes her mark vs. the usual suspects. Well, not so for these young ladies! Here is a look at the current top rookies who are already making a name for themselves in the Big Ten. Jessica Shepard, Nebraska. This 6-4 center is at the top of her freshman class. She’s averaging a double-double, scoring

Sharon Versyp becomes Purdue women's all-time winningest coach

Purdue took advantage of a monumental occasion Sunday afternoon, welcoming home Purdue Athletics Hall of Famer Katie Douglas, earning head coach Sharon Versyp her 207th win as the Boilermaker head coach and regaining control of the Barn Burner Trophy with a 63-53 victory over visiting archrival Indiana at Mackey Arena. With the win Versyp becomes the winningest head coach in program history, surpassing Lin Dunn, who has held the record since 1996. The Boilermakers honored Versyp with a postgame celebration after the win with words from athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross, associate head coach Nadine

Minnesota's Rachel Banham sets 3-point record in win

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