MINNEAPOLIS - Junior guard Rachel Banham broke a 29-year old scoring record and powered the University of Minnesota women's basketball team to a 62-60 WNIT opening-round victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night.
Minnesota (21-12) moves on to face the winner of the SMU/Texas Southern game in the second round with the game date, time and location to be determined.
Scoring a game-high 31 points, Banham increased her season-scoring total to 714 points, a new school record. It was the sixth 30-plus point game for the Lakeville native this season. The Phoenix led 33-23 at the half, but Minnesota outscored them 39-27 in the second half.
Amanda Zahui added a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for the Golden Gophers. Tesha Buck led Green Bay with 18 points.
Wednesday's game marked the third appearance for the Golden Gophers in the WNIT since 1998 and fifth overall. Minnesota is 2-2 in WNIT play.
Minnesota shot 43.6 percent from the field to Green Bay's 34.5 percent. The Gophers outrebounded Green Bay 42-31. Minnesota won despite having 20 turnovers to the Phoenix's 12.