New Richland’s Carlie Wagner Wins Big Ten Honor
MINNEAPOLIS(Gophersports.com) – University of Minnesota rookie guard Carlie Wagner today was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the Big Ten Conference after averaging 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game against Illinois and Michigan State last week.
It is the first conference weekly honor for Wagner and the first freshman accolade for the Gophers this season.
Overall, the rookie shot an impressive .485 (16-33) from the field, which included a .421 (8-19) percentage from three-point range, in 72 minutes of work.
Wagner opened the week by posting a then career-high 19 points against the Fighting Illini on Thursday night, before setting new career-highs with 25 points and five three-point field goals in the win over the Spartans Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. She was 5-for-10 from beyond the arch and 8-for-14 overall against Michigan State and added three steal and a perfect performance from the free throw line.
The rookie ranks third on the team with an 11.6 points-per-game average and is second on the team with 39 three-point field goals on the year. In Big Ten play, Wagner is averaging 14.1 points per game, has 26 three-pointers and has scored in double figures in each of Minnesota’s last seven games.
The Gophers conclude their two-game homestand Wednesday night with a Border Battle rematch against Wisconsin at 7 p.m.