Banham, Riche get some help as Gophers top Villanova

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2012 - 7:03 AM

There were multiple contributors -- veterans and newcomers alike -- in the Gophers' win over Villanova to capture the Best Buy Classic title.

view larger photos

  

As much as Gophers women's basketball coach Pam Borton appreciates Rachel Banham and Micaella Riche, she hoped to see them carry a little less of the load in Sunday's championship game of the Best Buy Classic. She got her wish, as plenty of others chipped in during a 75-60 victory over Villanova at Williams Arena.

Banham and Riche scored 63 of their team's 87 points Saturday as the Gophers won their season opener against Washington State. Sunday, they led the way again, as Riche made seven of eight shots from the field for a game-high 20 points and Banham added 13. But several teammates -- including Sari Noga, Shayne Mullaney, Kionna Kellogg and Kayla Hirt -- stepped up in a well-balanced effort before an announced crowd of 2,915.

Noga was part of a superb defensive performance and scored nine points to go with her game-high 10 rebounds. Mullaney, a freshman, distributed four assists in 22 minutes and confidently handled point guard duties when Banham needed a rest. Kellogg helped hold the Wildcats' star forward, Laura Sweeney, scoreless in the second half, while Hirt had eight points and six rebounds in her second college game.

The Gophers led from start to finish in a much cleaner game than their messy, turnover-laden performance on Saturday. They outrebounded Villanova 39-27, lost the ball only five times in the second half and led by as many as 19 points.

"It was a great team effort from everybody," Borton said. "More people got involved. They knew they had to help these two; [Riche and Banham] can't score 29 and 34 every night.

"Everybody did their roles, whether it was rebounding, defense or knocking a couple of shots down. That's what great teams do."

Riche said she sees a significant difference in the Gophers' confidence level this season. She and fellow juniors Noga and Kellogg, she said, have a better understanding of what it will take for the Gophers to improve, and they feel prepared to lead their team forward.

Riche took a major role during the opening weekend. With a vastly improved inside game, she made 17 of 25 shots from the field in the two games while drawing a rash of fouls. Her teammates followed suit, as the Gophers converted 26 of 31 free throws against Villanova -- and 62 of 80 in the tournament.

Their assertive defense harassed the Wildcats into several early turnovers and poor shot selection. Sweeney, who scored 24 against South Dakota State on Saturday, scored only three points in the first 14 minutes against the Gophers. In the second half, she was limited by foul trouble, opening the way for Riche to pour in 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

The Gophers opened up a 12-point advantage in the first half and led 33-26 at halftime. Banham, who finished the tournament with 47 points, six assists and seven steals, was named most valuable player. Riche and Sweeney joined her on the all-tournament team, along with Villanova guard Rachel Roberts, South Dakota State forward Megan Waytashek and Washington State guard Lia Galdeira.

Waytashek, of Lino Lakes, led the Jackrabbits to a 65-56 overtime victory over Washington State in Sunday's consolation game. SDSU, which trailed by four at halftime, outscored the Cougars 15-6 in the extra period.

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Gophers women 75, Villanova 60

    Sunday November 11, 2012

  • Micaella Riche opened the season strong for the Gophers, with 49 points and 20 rebounds in two victories at Williams Arena.

  • BEST BUY CLASSIC GOPHERS WOMEN 75, VILLANOVA 60

    Up next: Noon Saturday vs. Ohio in Subway Classic • Williams Arena • No TV (1500-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto - LP: M. Stroman 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 5
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: E. Santana 2
Miami - WP: S. Dyson 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Familia 5
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Peralta 1
Cincinnati - LP: P. Villarreal 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: H. Rondon 1
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Petricka 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 4
Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 3
Detroit - WP: K. Ryan 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: C. Fien 6
Los Angeles - WP: J. Wright 11 FINAL
Colorado - LP: C. Bergman 3
San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong 2 FINAL
Arizona - WP: W. Miley 6
Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma 1 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 8
Philadelphia - LP: J. Williams 0 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 1
Philadelphia 30 FINAL
Indianapolis 27
Tampa Bay 9/18/14 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.
Sep 27 - at Michigan TBA
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern TBA
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Vikings and Gophers do this weekend?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close