Vikings of the Week
Vikings of the Week are chosen throughout the school year by Lawrence University Director of Athletic Media Relations Joe Vanden Acker. The honor is given to a student-athlete for his or her outstanding play, contributions to the team, significant achievements, record-setting performance, etc. On occasion, the honor is given to an entire team.
Week of November 28-December 4, 2016
Ben Peterson was a super sixth man as he came off the bench to shoot nearly 70 percent from the floor as Lawrence swept a pair of Midwest Conference road games. The junior forward from River Forest, Ill., averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two games. Peterson scored a career-high 29 points, eclipsing his previous best of 14 points earlier this season, and posted his first career double-double with 10 rebounds in a 90-65 win at Knox. Peterson hit 9-of-13 shots from the floor and was 7-of-10 from 3-point range against the Prairie Fire. He picked up 11 points and five rebounds in a 78-70 win at Illinois College the night before. For the week, Peterson shot 66.7 percent from the floor (12-18) and connected at a 71.4 percent (10-14) clip from behind the arc.
Paige Witter placed in the top three in seven events at the Pioneer Classic at Grinnell. The senior from Denver, Colo., had two individual runner-up finishes and a third in other event. She took second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.58 and was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:22.11. Witter also grabbed third in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.34. Witter also swam on four relay teams, including the second-place 800 freestyle relay, which finished in 8:18.95. She also was part of the 200 medley (1:56.31), 400 medley (4:14.64) and 400 freestyle (3:52.20) relays, which all finished third. Led by Witter, Lawrence finished third in the team standings.