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Rachel Banham's 60 points in Gophers' 2OT victory ties NCAA record

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Rachel Banham broke more women's college basketball records Sunday as she scored 60 points in Minnesota's double overtime win over Northwestern.

Banham's total shattered the U of M and Big Ten Conference records for points in a game (44 and 49, respectively) and tied the NCAA record set in 1987 by Cindy Brown of Long Beach State.

Banham scored 10 points in the first overtime, including a layup with two seconds left to tie the game and force overtime number two. She added eight more points in that one as the Gophers downed the Wildcats 112-106 in Evanston.

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On a day when most of the sports world was focused on the Super Bowl, Banham's accomplishment managed to take some of the spotlight off the pre-game festivities.

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Banham told the Big Ten Network: “My teammates set me up so well. I was just feeling really good, and I’m so happy we got that win.”

Carlie Wagner added 21 points for the Gophers.

Banham is a 5'9" senior from Lakeville who missed most of last season with a knee injury.

She made 19 of 32 shots against Northwestern, including eight three pointers.

Not since Lindsay Whalen in 2002 had a Gopher woman scored 40 in a game. The record holder until Sunday was Carol Ann Shudlick, who scored 44 points in 1991 and again in '93 and was on hand in Evanston for Banham's epic performance.

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Banham passed Whalen to become Minnesota's all time leading scorer in November in a game that also went to overtime. But that one ended with the Gophers losing to Auburn.

Sunday's victory means the Gophers have won six of their last seven games. They're 8-4 in the Big Ten, which puts them in fourth place.

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