From Lakeville North High School to the University of Minnesota, and now the Minnesota Lynx, guard Rachel Banham’s Minnesota homecoming to don a Lynx jersey has been special.
Banham’s first year with the blue and gray came during the 2020 “Bubble” season in Bradenton, Fla. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to so, the 2021 season was No. 15’s first experience getting to play in front of her hometown crowd at Target Center.
After appearing in the first 14 games for the Lynx, Banham was waived, but was quickly re-signed by the team six days later.
The 5’10” guard appeared in 27 games in total for Minnesota during the 2021-22 season, averaging 5.0 points per game, 1.3 assists per game, and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Banham’s most notable game this season came on June 6th, where Banham, nicknamed the “Maroon Mamba,” went a perfect 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from beyond the arc, scoring a season-high-tying 13 points as a reserve.
The native Minnesotan’s most impressive moment, however, was undoubtedly a half-court buzzer-beating three-pointer in Dallas.
Whether on the court or on the sidelines, Rachel has been the glue that ties the Lynx together, whether it be through endearing celebrations or clutch three-pointers.