GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Rachel Banham hit a late three-pointer as the Gophers women’s basketball hung on to edge Stetson 72-69 on the first day of the San Juan Shootout.
Banham’s three put Minnesota (4-0) ahead by four, 72-68, with 14.2 seconds left, and all the Hatters could get after that was one free throw.
The redshirt senior guard finished with 20 points to close within 11 of Lindsay Whalen’s program record for career points.
Banham, who was averaging 25.3 points, made eight of 21 shots, including three of eight from behind the arc. She also filled up her stats line with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Teammate Carlie Wagner also had 20 points while Mikayla Bailey led Minnesota with 22 points and made six three-point shots, tying her career high, on 11 attempts.
Outside of those three guards, the rest of the Gophers scored only 10 points, with reserve Karley Barnes contributing six in her first game for Minnesota. The 6-3 junior forward, recovering from knee surgery, also had seven rebounds.
The Gophers, led by Wagner’s nine rebounds, outrebounded the Hatters 45-38 and had 23 second-chance points off 18 offensive rebounds.
Shayne Mullaney, another Gophers starter, had eight assists.
All five starters for Stetson (3-2), which led 40-39 at halftime, scored in double figures. Breana Bey led the Hatters with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
There were 11 lead changes.