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 Carleton, Gustavus and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 23-29, 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 each helped their teams go 2-0 last week. St. Thomas point guard Grant Shaeffer won the men's honor by averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a pair of wins. Carleton's Cece Leone helped the Knights win twice to push their winning streak to five in a row by averaging 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, including a double-double in Saturday's win.
The MIAC Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week each big weekends to lead their teams in key conference series. St. Thomas goalie Benjamin Myers stopped 54-of-51 shots and recorded his first collegiate shutout as UST swept rival Saint John's to move back into first place. Gustavus forward Erica Power had a three-point weekend (goal, two assists) to help the Gusties take three of four points from Concordia and move just a point out of first place.
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."
University of St. Thomas
Senior - Guard
Eden Prairie, Minn.
St. Thomas senior point guard Grant Shaeffer led the Tommies to a share of first place with road wins last
Sophomore – Forward
Fairfax, Va. / Bishop Ireton
|Carleton's Cece Leone averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while guiding the Knights to a pair of
road wins to extend their win streak to five-straight games. On Wednesday, Carleton snapped a 13-game slide
against Saint Mary's with a 65-48 win, and Leone played a key role early and late scoring six points in the first
quarter and nine more in the fourth en route to a 19-point night. In a 62-55 win at Hamline Saturday, she had
game highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. After starting 1-7 in conference
play, the Knights are now 5-7 (7-12 overall) and are in the mix for one of six MIAC Playoff spots.
University of St. Thomas
Sophomore - Goalie
Milwaukee, Wis. / University School of Milwaukee
|St. Thomas goalie Benjamin Myers stopped 51 of 53 shots and helped kill off 10 of 11 SJU power plays in a
weekend sweep of Saint John's that propelled the Tommies (10-5-4, 8-1-1 MIAC, 25 points) back into the
conference lead. Myers had his first collegiate shutout Friday as he stopped 24 shots in a 2-0 win that was
scoreless through the first 51 minutes and ended with an empty-net tally. He came back with 27 saves on
Saturday in a 5-2 victory, a contest that was just 2-1 through two periods. A first-year starter, Myers has
allowed two or less goals in 10 of 15 appearances. Myers leads the MIAC in saves (421) and ranks third in
goals-against average (2.09) and save percentage (.931).
Gustavus Adolphus College
Junior - Forward
Lakeville, Minn. / Apple Valley
|Gustavus junior forward Erica Power helped her team take three of four points from Concordia over the
weekend in a huge MIAC series, as her team pulled even with the Cobbers in third place, just a point out
of first. Power extended her point streak to six games, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) on the
weekend. Friday, Power helped the Gusties (11-5-3, 7-2-3, 17 points) earn a 5-0 shutout win with a great
individual effort to score an unassisted goal, her second of the season. On Saturday, Power had a part in
both Gustie goals in a 2-2 overtime tie with a goal and assist to record her fourth multi-point game
of the season.