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Rachel Banham's Bio

About Rachel Banham

Position: Guard

Height: 5-9

Weight: 168

Date of Birth: July 15, 1993

College: Minnesota

High School: Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.)

Drafted: Selected fourth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Sun on April 14, 2016

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Natural shooter with deep range
  • Quick release and good on-court composure and passing ability
  • Has appeared in 45 games over two seasons since being drafted in 2016
  • Career totals include 153 points, 45 rebounds, 36 assists and 12 steals

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 30 games with no starts
  • Tied a career-high with three made threes at San Antonio (7/5)
  • Tied a career-high with three assists at Minnesota (6/17)
  • Scored a season-high 11 points in consecutive games against New York (6/14) and at Minnesota (6/17)
  • Had 10 points in 13 minutes at Atlanta (8/15)

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 15 games without a start
  • Season cut short because of micro-fracture surgery on her right knee on July 8th
  • Surgery performed at Constitution Surgery Center in Waterford, Connecticut
  • Had career-high 13 points in pro debut at Chicago (5/14), making a career-best three 3-pointers
  • Had 12 points with two three-pointers against Indiana (6/5)
  • Had six multiple three-point games
  • Played 164 minutes
  • Had 20 made field goals, including 13 three-pointers
  • Missed last 16 games of season

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wrapped up her career at Minnesota as the Big Ten’s career scoring leader with 3,093 points, the sixth-best total in NCAA history
  • Is one of just 11 players in NCAA history to score 3,000 points
  • The 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year, Banham made 354 3-pointers during her career, a program record
  • Averaged 28.6 points per game, second in the nation, as a senior
  • Tied the NCAA record for points in a game when she scored 60 in a double-overtime win at Northwestern on February 7, 2016
  • Earned first-team All-American honors from the Associated Press, espnW, the John R. Wooden Award and the USBWA as a senior
  • Also led the Gophers with 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in 2015-16
  • Broker her own Minnesota single-season scoring record with 914 point as a senior
  • Started the first 10 games of the 2014-15 season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury
  • Earned All-American honorable mention accolades from the Associated press and the WBCA following her sophomore and junior seasons
  • An All-Big Ten First Team selection as a sophomore, junior and senior
  • The Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011-12

PERSONAL:

  • Born July 15, 1993
  • Daughter of Don and Mel Banham
  • Majored in sociology
  • Grandfather was a member of the UMPD for more than 30 years
  • Has an older brother, Cole, who was a running back on the Gopher football team, as well as a younger brother, Blake, and a younger sister, Paige
  • 2011 Parade All-American
  • 2010-11 Minnesota Miss Basketball
  • 2011 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Associated Press 2011 Player of the Year
  • Paul Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2011 Player of the Year
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2010 Co-Player of the Year
  • Minnesota Basketball News 2010 Player of the Year
  • Associated Press all-state selection in 2010 and 2011
  • Led Lakeville North to a perfect 32-0 record and the Class AAAA State Championship in 2010
  • Participated as a member of the track team, and competed at the MSHSL state meet, earning all-state honors in 2009 and 2010
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