Gophers star Banham nets newest fan, Lakers Kobe Bryant


March Madness is rapidly approaching and just as the popcorn is starting to pop, eyes all over the country are on basketball's hottest player. Minnesota's Rachel Banham.

The Gophers star did it again with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Minnesota a 78-76 win over Iowa. Just like her idol, former Gopher Lindsay Whalen, Banham is rewriting the Minnesota record book as she continues to be a scoring machine with 127 points over her past three games. Banham's recent tear, including her 60-point performance against Northwestern, has made her a fixture on national sportscasts and she's now being watched closely by NBA All Star Kobe Bryant. The Lakers superstar tweeted Banham after her Iowa game winner.

With Banham scoring 35 points, she moves into second place with 2,840 points past Ohio State's Jantel Lavender on the Big Ten's all-time career scoring list.

Next Up

Pixabay - water surface

2-year-old dies a week after being pulled from Ham Lake pond

The boy had been at Lions Park with family and friends.

Facebook - Dinosaur Drive-Thru image

50 animatronic dinosaurs to take over Mall of America parking lot

Dinosaur Drive-Thru opens June 24 and runs through July 11.

new ulm police department squad car

Police: Man who shot himself during traffic stop has died

He died in a Twin Cities hospital early Wednesday.

Flickr - Voyagerous - Christine Warner

MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

Elton John

Elton John confirms rescheduled St. Paul dates for farewell tour

"I'm going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best," John said.

Alex, Curt and Steven Boesl

3 Minnesotans honored with Carnegie Medals for heroic acts

The award is the highest honor for civilian heroism in North America.

police tape, crime scene

Police discover woman dead at Twin Cities home following welfare check

Officers also found "multiple" children on the scene, all of them unhurt.

bear cub

Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Ambulance hospital emergency

5 teens hurt in rollover crash near Hutchinson

The crash happened before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Pixabay - Crappie fish

MN DNR: Please call us if you find a large group of dead fish

The agency says hot weather might be contributing to recent die-offs.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily closed due to high E. coli levels

The park board will sample the water at the beaches again on Wednesday.