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Updated: November 24th, 2012 7:33pm
Rachel Banham's 20 points help 'U' women beat Missouri in Cancun

Rachel Banham's 20 points help 'U' women beat Missouri in Cancun

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Point guard Rachel Banham had 20 points and six assists, and Kayla Hirt added 14 points to lead the Minnesota Gophers to a 59-54 victory over Missouri on Saturday in their third and final game of the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

Hirt scored 10 points in the final 20 minutes as the Gophers (6-1) scored 36 second-half points after trailing 28-23 at halftime.

Banham also had four rebounds and two steals. Kionna Kellogg led the Gophers with seven rebounds and Mikayla Bailey added a career-high six rebounds. Kellogg also had eight points.

The Gophers lost 58-46 to Richmond in their first game in Cancun on Thursday and came back with an 80-62 victory over James Madison on Friday. Banham and Kiona Kellogg both had 20 points in that game.

The Gophers were 23 of 46 from the field, including 13 of 24 in the second half. They had only four free-throw opportunities in the first half but went to the line 18 times in the second half and got 10 points out of those trips. 

Guard Lianna Doty led Missouri (4-2) with 16 points.

The Gophers will next play at 7 p.m. Thursday against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Williams Arena.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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