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Banham leads Gopher women to WNIT first round win


The Gopher women's basketball team rallied from behind and hit a shot in the closing seconds to beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 62-60 and advance in the WNIT.

Rachel Banham scored 31 points to lead the Gophers, but it was her three pointer with :11 to go that gave the Gophers a one point lead at 61-60. Minnesota then made a late free throw and held on for the final two seconds for the victory.

The last bucket for Banham was especially sweet as she set the single-season record for points scored with 709.

Amanda Zahui posted a double-double, she scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Gophers. It was her 16th double-double of the year.

The Gophers survived 20 turnovers and used an early second half rally to come from behind. The Phoenix built a ten point lead in the first half, 33-23, before the Gophers were able to get back into the game.

An 11-0 run to start the second half, gave Minnesota a 34-33 lead after Zahui made a pair of free throws with 15:27 to play.

From that point on, it was back-and-forth, but with the Gophers trailing 60-55 with less than a minute to play, Banham knocked down a couple of big threes. The first cut the Gopher deficit to two, at 60-58, the second gave Minnesota the lead in the closing seconds.

The Gophers will play the winner of SMU and Texas Southern. The game's date, time and location have yet to be determined.

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