Minnesota athletes take home honors

Minnesota women’s basketball player Lindsay Whalen and Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante, were named the co-Big Ten players of the week after leading their respective teams to victories last week.

Whalen led the ninth-ranked Gophers (7-0) to wins over Creighton and University of Missouri-Kansas City. She averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the wins. Against Creighton, Whalen tied a school record going 14-for-14 from the free throw line and scoring 30 points. It was her ninth game with 30 or more points in her career.

In women’s hockey, Minnesota’s La Toya Clarke and Jody Horak have earned WCHA weekly awards for their performances in last weekend’s series sweep over Bemidji State. They are the seventh and eighth weekly honors for the Gophers this season.

Clarke, the WCHA offensive player of the week, led the top-ranked Gophers to 7-0 and 6-1 wins over the Beavers. In her first game of the series, Clarke netted two goals, including a game-winning and power-play goal.

Horak, the WCHA defensive player of the week, kept the Beavers scoreless for 119:38 until the Beavers scored in the third period of the second game. Horak stopped 41 shots on goal during the two-game series.

Meanwhile, Minnesota volleyball senior Cassie Busse was named a 2003 first team Academic All-American. It marked the second straight year she was named an Academic All-American, as she received third team honors in 2002.

Busse is the first player in school history to be named a first team Academic All-American, and the third player to claim Academic All-American honors in two different seasons.