Minnesota women’s basketball player attracts attention from Kobe Bryant

Senior guard Rachel Banham of the Minnesota Gophers tied an NCAA record on Sunday Feb. 7, putting up 60 points against rival Northwestern, surpassing her previous record of 39 points.

This allowed the Gophers to go on to win, 112-106, in double overtime.

Banham’s 60 point game demolished the previous Big 10 women’s single-game scoring record and tied the NCAA record set in 1987. She already holds the Gopher’s career point record at 2,337 and sits 24th in the NCAA all-time scoring list.

Her performance generated national attention including notice from NBA champion, and Banham’s favorite player, Kobe Bryant.


In addition to the nod from the NBA, Banham was named the USBWA, espnW and Big 10 Player of the Week. The Minnesota women’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 4 in the Big 10 with a record of 8-4 in conference and 16-7 overall.

Banham and the Gophers will return to the court against Nebraska on Thursday, February 9th.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Gophers Athletics

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