Rachel
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Rachel Banham's Bio

About Rachel Banham

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Selected by Connecticut in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2016 WNBA Draft … Acquired from Connecticut to Minnesota on Feb. 25 in return for a 2nd-round pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

 

2021 SEASON

Wrapped up her second season in a Lynx uniform (sixth in the WNBA) by playing in 27 games off the bench… Contributed 5.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.6 apg in 12.6 mpg, shooting 39.5% from the field and 37.3% (28-for-75) from beyond the arc… Saw her three-point accuracy dip to 26.2% (11-for-42) over her final 15 outings; she’d opened the year firing at a 51.5% clip (17-for-33) through 12 contests… Re-signed for the rest of the season on July 5, having been waived on June 28… Posted season bests with 13 points and a team-high eight assists Sept. 4 vs. Washington… Netted a season-high 13 points June 6 vs. Atlanta, one of three double-digit outings (21 career), and scored 12 points with a season-high five rebounds June 12 vs. Los Angeles… Swiped a career-high three steals May 18 at New York.

 

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

2020: Returned to Minnesota for her fifth WNBA season… Registered career highs with 6.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 2.4 apg in 16.9 mpg while seeing action in 20 games… Shot a career-best 46.2% from the field and 80.0% from the line while setting a franchise single-season record for three-point accuracy (47.2%, 25-for-53)… The latter figure ranked 4th in the WNBA and broke the prior team mark set by Maya Moore (45.3%) in 2013… Drew her lone starting assignment in the Sept. 12 finale vs. Indiana, exploding for career highs in points (29), assists (10) and minutes played (35:50)… Went 7-for-8 from beyond the arc, tying the club record for treys made shared by Katie Smith and Moore; it’s the top point total ever by a player making her first start in a Lynx uniform… Pumped in 18 points Aug. 31 vs. Los Angeles, one of five double-figure scoring efforts this year, and handed out a team-high five assists Aug. 5 vs. New York… 2019: Appeared in 29 games off the bench for Connecticut, tallying 3.6
ppg (32.2%), 1.0 rpg and 0.9 apg in 12.2 mpg… Chipped
in a season-best 10 points June 14 at Minnesota… 2018: Played in a career-high 33 games (including five starts), averaging 5.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 1.5 apg in 12.8 mpg… Shot 41.4% from the field, 37.0% (30-for-81) and 86.8% from the FT line; all three percentages were career bests… Erupted for a career-high 20 points June 24 at Indiana, going 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to tie a franchise single-game record for three-point accuracy… Snared a career-high six rebounds (in a career-best 28:49) July 5 at Phoenix; two nights earlier, she handed out a career-high six assists at L.A…. 2017: Saw action in 30 games off the bench, netting 3.3 ppg (32.7%), 1.1 rpg and 0.7 apg in 9.4 mpg… Scored a season-high 11 points June 17 at Minnesota… 2016: Completed an abbreviated rookie campaign by averaging 3.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg and 0.9 apg in 15 contests… Underwent microfracture surgery on her right knee on July 8 and was sidelined for the final 16 games… Tallied a season-high 13 points in her WNBA debut (May 14 at Chicago) and had 12 points vs. Indiana on June 5… Selected by Connecticut in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2016 WNBA Draft, following a college career that saw her tally 3093 points and tie the NCAA single-game scoring record with 60 points at Northwestern on Feb. 7, 2016.

 

PLAYOFFS

2020: Appeared in all four postseason games, averaging 5.8 ppg (31.0%), 1.5 rpg and 1.8 apg in 18.8 mpg… Netted 11 points in the Sept. 17 win vs. Phoenix… 2019: Saw action in four playoff outings for Connecticut, highlighted by an 11-point effort Sept. 19 vs. Los Angeles… 2018: Put in three points in the Sun’s Aug. 23 second-round game vs. Phoenix… 2017: Added three points in Connecticut’s Sept. 10 second-round game vs. Phoenix.

 

COLLEGE

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…finished as 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

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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