Gophers' star Banham suffers apparent knee injury in win over North Dakota


The Gopher women's basketball team improved to 9-1 on the season with a 68-55 road win over North Dakota Wednesday night in Grand Forks, but they lost their best player in the process.

Rachel Banham suffered a knee injury early in the game, the Star Tribune reports. She appeared to injure her right knee while driving towards the basket midway through the first half. She fell to the ground, grabbed her knee and was eventually helped to the locker room. Banham did not put any weight on her leg when she was helped off the court.

Banham, who was named the Big Ten's preseason player of the year, has received an outpouring of support on from fans via Twitter.

Banham's injury, if serious enough to end her season, would keep her from passing Lindsay Whalen for the women's all-time Gopher scoring record, as reported by KSTP's Joe Schmit.

The senior from Lakeville had a much better start to her day as she was named to the Naismith Trophy Top 50 watch list. The winner is considered the best women's basketball player in the nation. She was on the watch list as a junior, too.

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