WNBA Draft: Gophers' Banham selected 4th overall, Lynx make a deal



Former Minnesota Gopher guard Rachel Banham was selected No. 4 overall in the WNBA Draft Thursday night by the Connecticut Sun.

The Sun used their second first round pick on Banham after taking UConn forward Morgan Tuck with the third overall pick.


Banham had one of the greatest years in women's college basketball history in 2015-16 for the Gophers. Her list of accomplishments was long.

  • Became the Gophers all-time career scoring leader
  • Tied an NCAA Division I single-game women's scoring record
  • Became the Big Ten's career scoring leader with 3,093 points
  • Won the NCAA's 3-point contest

Additionally the senior, who was coming off an ACL injury, averaged 28.6 points per game. She broke the 40-point mark three times during the season including an NCAA record-tying 60 at Northwestern.

Banham also broke her own school record with 119 3-pointers in 2015-16 and was named first-team All-American by the Associated Press, espnW, the John R. Wooden Award and the USBWA.

FOX Sports Net notes that Banham is the fourth Gopher player in program history to be selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft – joining Amanda Zahui B. (2015), Janell McCarville (2005) and Lindsay Whalen (2004).

Lynx acquire Jia Perkins from San Antonio

The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx didn't have a first round pick Thursday night, but that didn't stop them from making a splashy move.

The Lynx selected guard Jazmon Gwathmey with their first second round pick (No. 14 overall). Then just minutes later the Lynx sent the newly drafted Gwathmey to San Antonio in a trade for veteran guard Jia Perkins.


Perkins is an 11-year WNBA veteran. She averaged 11.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for San Antonio last year.

Next Up

Leah Ottman, aka LOTT

Acclaimed Minneapolis violinist and singer Leah Ottman dies at 33

She also performed as LOTT, the name of her solo project.

Target gift card

Holiday shopping? Target gift cards are discounted this weekend

You have to be a Target Circle member, but that's free to join.

vote, vote now

MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

prison, Rush City cell block

Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

leech lake band of ojibwe sign

11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

reindeer como zoo

Watch live: Como Zoo's live reindeer cam is back for December

The live feed will run 24/7 allowing you to keep an eye on Santa's antlered helpers.


Three simple ways to boost your immune health heading into winter

Eating right is one thing, but there are other ways to stay healthy as the days shorten.