Banham cleared to play after offseason blood clot

by Samuel Gordon

Gophers women's basketball guard Rachel Banham was medically cleared to play Tuesday after recovering from a blood clot in her lung that was discovered in July.

The sophomore point guard led the team in scoring in 2011-2012 with 16.1 points per game, but she hadn't been cleared to practice with contact before this week. Minnesota opens its exhibition season Oct. 31.

"Deuces blood clot! Finally cleared to ball!" Banham posted to her Twitter account Tuesday.

Gophers head coach Pam Borton wrote Tuesday on Twitter that the team will have Banham back at 100 percent at the end of this week.

Banham, the 2011-12 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, told the Minnesota Daily on Oct. 12 that she discovered the blood clot during a team workout in late July and spent a night in the hospital.