BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with Monday's announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in basketball and hockey. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Hamline, St. Catherine and Saint John's claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 16-22, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week put up big offensive numbers in clutch wins for their teams. Saint John's Tyler Weiss averaged 22.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while going 2-1 with wins over two of the league's top four teams to help the Johnnies remain in a tie for first. St. Catherine's Audra Clark averaged 22 points and 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game as the team went 1-1 with a loss to unbeaten Gustavus and a big win at St. Olaf.
The two MIAC Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week helped their teams ascend upward in the MIAC standings with a combined 5-0 record. Augsburg's Nate Flynn had a four-point weekend (three goals, assist) in a sweep of Concordia that helped the No. 11-ranked Auggies climb into first place. Hamline rookie Bre Simon led the Pipers to three MIAC wins in four days with six points (four goals, two assists) as her team ascened into a tie for third, just two points out of first in the conference standings.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
Saint John's University
Junior - Post
The Saint John's men's basketball team prevailed in thrilling games against two of the league's top four teams last
St. Catherine University
Junior – Guard
Kenyon, Minn. / Kenyon-Wanamingo
|The St. Catherine women's basketball team got a great week – and a near-perfect game – from junior Audra Clark
as it went 1-1 in conference play. Clark started her week with an outstanding 23-point effort with five rebounds and
two steals as her team came up just short (83-76) against undefeated Gustavus. She followed that up with an
incredible shooting performance in an 83-39 win over St. Olaf. Clark was 8-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-2 on three-
pointers and 3-for-6 from the line for 21 points, and she added seven assists, two rebounds and a steal. For the week
she averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 17-for-21 from the
floor (.810), 5-for-7 from three (.714).
Junior - Forward
|Nate Flynn had a strong weekend for No. 11-ranked Augsburg, scoring three goals and adding an assist in Augsburg's
series sweep of Concordia-Moorhead that vaulted the defending-champion Auggies into first place in the MIAC standings.
Friday, Flynn capped Augsburg's 4-1 victory with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. On Saturday, he scored two
goals and added an assist during a seven-goal second period, as Augsburg claimed a 10-2 win, its most goals in a single
game since the 2005-06 season. On the season, Flynn has a team-leading nine goals and seven assists for 16 points,
currently standing fifth among MIAC players in overall goals and in a tie for seventh in overall points.
First-Year - Forward
Elk River, Minn.
|Hamline's Bre Simon continued her fantastic rookie season as she led Hamline to three MIAC wins in four days last week.
The big week helped the Pipers ascend into a tie for third in the MIAC standings, just two points back of first place
Wednesday, she scored the first of three second-period goals in a 3-1 make-up game win at Saint Benedict. Two nights
later, she scored the game's first goal and added a pair of assists in the 7-5 win over Saint Mary's. The next afternoon,
she scored the first two goals of the game in a 4-2 win in Winona to complete a big MIAC sweep of the Cardinals. The
first-year forward has been among the MIAC's best skaters – she shares the MIAC lead in goals (13) and points (21).