The Gophers women’s basketball team was sharp in its final tuneup for Big Ten Conference play.

Rachel Banham had 22 points and the Gophers built a 52-point lead on their way to an 83-50 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology before an announced 2,772 at Williams Arena.

Mikayla Bailey added 14 points, Carlie Wagner 12 and Shayne Mullaney 10 for the Gophers (8-3), who open conference play against another New Jersey school on Thursday, when they visit Rutgers. Against NJIT (3-9), the Gophers led 23-8 after one quarter, 51-19 at halftime and 79-29 through three quarters.

“I’m glad that we got the win. I think we still have a lot of things that we need to work on,” Banham said. “Going into Rutgers is going to be huge, but it’s good to get a win under our belts.”

NJIT scored the game’s final 17 points after the Gophers last scored with 6:48 to play. Ronni Grandison, a Rochester native, led the Highlanders with 14 points. Leah Horton, NJIT’s leading scorer this season, was held to four points and five rebounds.

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