Women's Basketball: Rachel Banham Named Big Ten Freshman Of The Year

Rachel Banham led the Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball team by averaging over 16 points per game this season. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a member of the Second Team All-Big Ten on Monday night.

Rachel Banham led the Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball team by averaging over 16 points per game this season. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a member of the Second Team All-Big Ten on Monday night.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers haven't had a lot to be proud of recently on the men's basketball side of things, but the women's tea is in a bit of a better position. Rachel Banham was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-Big Ten selection on Monday.

Banham led the Gophers this season by averaging 16.1 points per game, the seventh-best average in the Big Ten this season, and her streak of 26-straight games in which she's scored in double-figures is the second-longest streak in the conference. Janel McCarville, the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, is the only other Gophers player to be named both the Freshman of the Year and second-team All-Big Ten while playing on the women's team.

Head coach Pam Borton beamed about her freshman in a press release published on the team's website.

"It was (Rachel's) goal at the beginning of the year to be the Big Ten Freshman of the Year," Borton stated. "We did everything possible for her as coaches to help her reach this goal by challenging her, setting the bar high, holding her accountable and supporting her every step of the way. After accomplishing this, and where she ranks in the Big Ten statistically, now her work really begins. I have never seen such a humble player accomplish something like this and realize that she has a lot of work to do to get better. That is what I am most excited about... she knows that she has to continue getting better, because she wants to be the best."

The Gophers begin postseason play as the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Thursday. Baham and her Minnesota teammates will play the Wisconsin Badgers in a 5 p.m. game for the right to advance on to play top-seed Purdue.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also learn more about college basketball around the nation at SB Nation's College Basketball hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.