Gophers Lose Despite 52 Points From Banham
East Lansing, MI (Gophersports.com) -- Rachel Banham scored 52 points and broke the Big Ten career scoring record in the Golden Gophers’ loss at No. 25/22 Michigan State.
After an early 19-point deficit, Banham helped Minnesota (18-9, 10-6 Big Ten) rally to take a lead before falling 114-106. Minnesota took its first lead early in the third quarter after outscoring the Spartans (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) 31-17 in the second.
Banham passed Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2001-04) in the conference record book and has 2,921 for her career. She also broke her own season record for 3-pointers. She made nine in East Lansing to bring her season total to 97.
Aerial Powers had 40 points for the Spartans. Michigan State surged back ahead after Minnesota’s brief lead early in the third.
The Gophers shot 47.2 percent, but the Spartans shot 54.5 percent, including a 62.5-percent fourth quarter to fend off Minnesota’s final comeback attempt. The Gophers ended up with advantages in fastbreak and second-chance points, while the Spartans outrebounded Minnesota 44-33 and scored more points in the paint.
The Gophers will return to Williams Arena for their home finale against Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The game will include recognition for seniors Rachel Banham, Mikayla Bailey and Shayne Mullaney.