Field Hockey’s Scraper wins Big Ten Player of the Week

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa field-hockey team earned its first conference award of the season on Tuesday.

Sophomore forward Kim Scraper was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after she scored four goals and added an assist to total 9 points in Iowa's two games over the weekend.

"Kim has been impressive in all four games this season," head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. "Her speed, combined with her skill around the goal, makes her very effective."

Scraper's hat trick helped lead the Hawkeyes to a 7-3 victory over Kent State on Sept. 2. The West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, native became the first Iowa player to score three goals in a game since Meghan Beamesderfer completed the feat against Michigan in the first round of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament.

The 19-year-old's fourth goal of the week came in Iowa's 3-0 win over UMass on Sunday.

Scraper is tied for the Big Ten lead with six goals this season, and she has surpassed her scoring from a year ago; she had five goals last fall as a freshman.

The honor is Scraper's first weekly award, and she becomes Iowa's first offensive Player of the Week since 2008.

— by Nick Szafranski

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