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Potter named Northwest Conference Woman of the Year

Samantha Potter / Photo courtesy of John Froschauer
Samantha Potter / Photo courtesy of John Froschauer

PARKLAND – Samantha Potter continued a recent Pacific Lutheran tradition Thursday when she became the fourth consecutive PLU student-athlete to be named Northwest Conference Woman of the Year.

Potter, a two-sport star at PLU who graduated last month, joined former Lutes Kaaren Hatlen (softball, 2013), Stacey Hagensen (softball, 2012) and Beth Hanna (volleyball, 2011).

"Samantha is so deserving of this honor, and I am very excited for her," PLU women's basketball coach Jennifer Childress said. "Her character, work ethic and genuine leadership qualities coupled with her academic prowess and athletic abilities undoubtedly make her the 'full package' for what a Division III student-athlete is all about. She is the type of ambassador our team, university and conference can truly be proud of."

A four-year letter winner for both the PLU women's basketball and track & field teams, Potter is a four-time All-Northwest Conference performer on the basketball court and a two-time NWC discus champion and two-time runner-up. She is ranked in the top five of five PLU women's basketball career statistical categories: second in rebounds (873), third in made field goals (1,168), fourth in field goal attempts (553) and fifth in points (1,367) and career shooting percentage (.473). She is tied for the single-game scoring record (36 points) and holds the record for most made field goals in a game (17). In track & field, her throws rank second in PLU history in the discus, third in the shot put and 17th in the hammer.

Beyond her athletics career, Potter has been a volunteer math tutor through various community associations and graduated with a 3.72 grade point average. She had an Actuary position lined up prior to the beginning of her senior year. She is a Provost Merit Scholarship recipient and a two-time USTFCCCA National Scholar-Athlete. Her accolades earned her the 2014 Lute Career Achievement Award.

"Samantha is the total package: astute, sophisticated and demonstrates grace under pressure - all qualities of an exceptional Division III student=athlete," PLU track & field coach Heather Kreier said. "It has been my great privilege to have Samantha in the track & field program the last four years. Her talent, leadership and smile will be greatly missed."

As the recipient of the NWC Woman of the Year Award, Potter will be the conference's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA award, which will be announced in Indianapolis in the fall, honors a graduating student-athlete who has proven herself throughout her collegiate career in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.