Field hockey’s Mutembwa named Rhodes Scholar

Mutsa Mutembwa, an Indiana field hockey defender, was named a Rhodes Scholar on Monday, the University officially announced today.

Mutembwa is the 14th IU student to be named to the prestigious post-graduate award and is the fourth IU student-athlete, the last being William Wolfe, a 1970 alum and football player according to an IU press release.

Just a junior on the pitch, Mutembwa is a senior academically double-majoring in mathematics and economics.

She is the daughter of Amman Mutembwa, a diplomat in their native Zimbabwe. Mutsa Mutembwa said she plans on returning to Zimbabwe after attending Oxford to help improve its dire economy.

“It is important in the sense that it’s a representation of the values that I have,” she said of the award. “… It’s a representation of the things that I would like to achieve.”

Obviously field hockey coach Amy Robertson had nothing but praise for her player.

“The second you meet her you know she is destined for great things,” Robertson said. “She is one of the most courteous people you will ever meet. She has made a huge impact on the team and the entire athletics department, and we are extremely fortunate to have her in our program.”

According to the release, Mutembwa tied the program’s career defensive saves leader, Olympian Kayla Bashore, with seven in 53 games.

We’ll have a full story on Mutembwa in tomorrow’s paper.

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