Banham Returns to Minnesota as Director of Quality Control

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota ladies’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen introduced Tuesday the addition of Rachel Banham to the ladies’s basketball employees as the Director of Quality Control for the 2022-23 season.

“I’m joyful and excited to be part of this unimaginable employees again at my alma mater,” Banham stated. “What Coach Whalen is constructing on the ‘U’ is particular and I’m excited to proceed to develop and domesticate the tradition. I look ahead to being an element of that on this position.”

“Today I’m excited to announce Gopher nice Rachel Banham as our Director of Quality Control,” Whalen stated. “As the highest scorer in our convention’s historical past and 7 years of expertise within the WNBA, together with three in Minnesota, I can not suppose of a extra excellent match for our employees. Rachel personifies our program requirements and I do know she goes to be the right match for this position with our group.”

As the Director of Quality Control Banham will present assist to the employees to improve the standard and effectivity of day-to-day operations, and is answerable for helping with follow, recreation preparation, statistical evaluation and extra.

Banham rejoins this system the place she shattered the report books throughout her enjoying time from 2011-16. She scored 3,093 factors, leaving the school recreation as the No. 1 scorer in Big Ten historical past and sixth in NCAA historical past. She was the 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year and made 354 threes throughout her profession, a program report. She is arguably finest identified for her then-NCAA report 60-point efficiency towards Northwestern in 2016, a yr that ended along with her incomes a First Team All-American nod.

After her stellar faculty profession Banham was chosen fourth general by the Connecticut Sun within the 2016 WNBA Draft and was traded to the Minnesota Lynx in 2020. With the Lynx Banham upped her scoring output, highlighted by a profession season in 2022 the place she averaged 7.9 factors and shot a stellar 38.3 p.c from past the arc, main the group with 57 made threes in a profession excessive 17.5 minutes per recreation.

In her profession within the WNBA, Banham has made 191 threes and has made the playoffs in 5 of her seven seasons within the league. Banham will proceed to pursue her enjoying profession in skilled basketball alongside her position with the University of Minnesota.

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