Banham Shatters Big Ten, Ties NCAA Record in Win
Evanston, IL (Gophersports.com) -- Rachel Banham tied the NCAA single-game scoring record with 60 points in a 112-106 double-overtime victory. The senior shattered the Minnesota (44) and Big Ten (49) records to lead her team past Northwestern.
Banham was the first Minnesota player to score 40 or more points since Lindsay Whalen had 41 on Feb. 14, 2002. She is one of two Big Ten players, men’s or women’s, to score 60. (Rick Mount of Purdue scored 61.) The school scoring record set by Carol Ann Shudlick had stood since 1993.
The teams spent nearly equal amounts of time with the lead in the first half, but the Golden Gophers (16-7, 8-4 Big Ten) trailed by as much as 10 before coming back to force overtime. They completed a season sweep of the Wildcats (14-10, 3-9 Big Ten).
Banham scored 20 points in the first, 22 in the second and 18 in the overtime periods. She shot 19-of-32, including 8-for-15 from 3-point range, and 14-for-16 from the free throw line.
Carlie Wagner, the other half of the nation’s leading scoring duo, added 21 points to Banham’s 60. The Gophers turned in their highest-scoring game of the year.
Maggie Lyon led Northwestern with 31 points and Nia Coffey had 28.
*Banham moved into 24th place on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list. She passed Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Becky Hammon (Colorado State) and Karen Pelphrey (Marshall) and has 2,773 career points.
*Shayne Mullaney is now in third place on Minnesota’s career assist list, passing Brittany McCoy. She has 521 career helpers. Mullaney had 10 points and five assists Sunday.
*The Gophers are 1-1 in overtime games this year.
The Gophers return home to host Nebraska on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.