Gopher Women Suffer First Home Loss of the Season
Minneapolis, MN (Gophersports.com) - The Golden Gophers lost their first home game of the year Wednesday, falling to New Mexico by a final score of 72-53. Minnesota is 17-3 at home during the past two seasons.
Rachel Banham scored 22 points in the loss, making it her ninth straight game in which she scored 20 or more points. Banham is the only player in the country to accomplish that feat this year. She went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and also had three steals and a block.
Carlie Wagner added 16 points for the Gophers. Wagner has scored double-digit points in all nine games this year. She led the team with seven rebounds.
Mikayla Bailey had nine points and four rebounds, and Shayne Mullaney had five rebounds and two steals.
The Gophers led at the end of the first quarter, but New Mexico took over from there, outscoring Minnesota by eight in the second quarter and not relinquishing the lead.
New Mexico outrebounded the Gophers 48-36 and shot 41.2 percent from the field, while the Gophers shot 30 percent.
The Lobos were led by Khadijah Shumpert, who had 27 points and eight rebounds. Cherise Benyon added 14 points for the Lobos.
The Gophers' next game will be on Wednesday Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. as they take on North Dakota at Williams Arena.