WNIT gives us opportunity

Courtesy of Minnesota Athletics

Minnesota opened WNIT play with a win over Green Bay on Wednesday, and Rachel Banham set the Gophers' single-season scoring mark.

Hi, everyone!

After getting off to a slow start in Big Ten play, we went on a nice run to close out the regular season and finished with a .500 record at 8-8 in the Big Ten. We were able to click as a team on and off the floor and had a streak of four straight wins in February. I was proud of the way our team finished the season strong, winning six of our last eight regular-season games.

We went into the Big Ten tourney coming off of two solid wins against Indiana and Ohio State. We beat Wisconsin for the third time this season in an overtime battle in the first round but lost in the quarterfinals to a very good Nebraska team.

After that, all we could do was wait and see what the future held for us. Knowing that we were a bubble team made watching the NCAA selection show very nerve-racking. Unfortunately, it didn't go as we wanted, but with one door closing, another one opens. We were an automatic bid into the WNIT and have an opportunity to end our season with a championship.

As disappointed as we were to not be in the NCAAs, we are using this as motivation to continue to get better as a team and to contend for the WNIT championship.

We won in the first round Wednesday against a tough Green Bay team in front of our home crowd at Williams Arena. Another positive on the night was that I broke our single-season scoring record. It is such an honor just to hear my name along with some of the great Gophers that have played here at Minnesota, so to be able to break a record like that really feels special.

Go Gophers!