Gophers strong from beyond the arc in victory

Published 2:15 pm Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rachel Banham scored 30 points and Carlie Wagner added 23 with four 3-pointers to lead the Minnesota women’s basketball team past Maine 91-64 Friday at Williams Arena, according to a press release.

The Gophers had four players in double figures and shot 54.7 percent for the game as they moved to 2-0 on the season.

The win was Minnesota’s second straight game scoring 90 or more points.

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The Gophers shot 50 percent (13-26) from long range and have made 29 3-pointers through their first two games.

Banham shot 10 for 15 from the field, including a 6 for 9 clip from 3-point range. She scored 16 points in the first quarter alone. With 2,231 career points, the senior guard is 55 points away from breaking Lindsay Whalen’s program scoring record.

Minnesota sophomore Jessie Edwards notched a double-double in her second career start. She scored 15 points and led the team with 16 rebounds.

The Gophers led 46-37 at halftime. Late in the third quarter, Maine cut the lead to three before Minnesota regained control with an 18-0 run.

Next, Minnesota will play its first road game of the year at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kent State.