Von Wald, Potter earn recognition for strong performances

Senior Corrin Von Wald was honored as the Big Ten player of the week. It is the second player of the week honor this season for the Gophers guard.

Von Wald paced Minnesota to a pair of victories last week. She averages 23.5 points per game, capturing game-scoring honors in each outing. Von Wald finished the week going a perfect 9-for-9 from three-point range and 15-24 (62.5 percent) from the field.

The Gophers captain scored a career-high 27 points, including decisive free throws in the final minute, to lead Minnesota to a 64-61 come-from-behind victory at Northwestern. Von Wald also added a team-high nine rebounds and hit 4-of-4 three-point field goals.

Von Wald drained 5-of-5 three-pointers to lead the Gophers with 20 points in a 73-50 victory over Ohio State. In addition to her offensive contributions, Von Wald chipped in an outstanding defensive performance against the Buckeyes, holding Ohio State’s leading scorer Caity Matter to a season-low three points on 1-of-6 from the field.

Potter honored

Minnesota junior sprinter Mitch Potter was named Trackshark.com track and field athlete of the week.

Potter set a new meet record in the 400-meters at the Iowa State Classic this weekend. Potter clocked in at 45.89, breaking his previous school record of 45.96.

In addition, Potter anchored the 4×400-meter relay squad, which captured first place with a meet-record time of 3:06.03.

Potter’s time in the 400-meters also ranks highest in all of NCAA Division I.

Minnesota’s men’s track and field team is ranked fourth in the USTCA Team Power rankings for NCAA Division I. The ranking system has Minnesota with 269.26 overall team points, just seven points behind top-ranked Ohio State.

The Team Power Ranking is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential. Points are assigned for two athletes in each event contested in a dual meet and on the basis of quality of performance.