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Banham breaks records, Gophers win WNIT opener

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Milwaukee Panthers 80

Minnesota Gophers 87

The Minnesota Gophers are moving on in the WNIT Tournament. The Gophers beat Milwaukee 87-80 Wednesday night at 'The Barn.'

1. Banham goes bonkers

Playing in her final postseason, Rachel Banham absolutely took control of the game and broke a WNIT postseason record. She finished the night with 48 points on 18/33 shooting as she put the entire team on her back.

The mark set a new postseason WNIT single-game record. The senior guard from Lakeville was especially ridiculous in the third quarter.

https://twitter.com/GophersNow/status/710273615573458945

If the 48 points weren't enough, Banham also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists.

2. Sophomore leads Milwaukee

Sophomore forward Steph Kostowicz led the way for the Panthers. She kept Milwaukee close most of the night with a double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

3. Others step up

Mikayla Bailey knocked down 3-of-5 from the three-point line and finished with 14 points, while Carlie Wagner struggled with her shot but still ended the night with 10 points.

Shayne Mullaney scored 10 of the Gophers 14 total bench points as well.

Tweet of the Night:

https://twitter.com/WomensNIT/status/710281610663370752

Up Next:

The Gophers will host South Dakota in the second round of the WNIT on Sunday.

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