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, Bethel, Carleton and Gustavus claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Feb. 7-12, 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 (indoor track and field and tennis) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week each put up impressive numbers while helping their teams go 2-0. Carleton's Freddie Gillespie averaged 15 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game in impressive wins over Macalester and MIAC-leading St. Thomas to push the Knights' winning streak to 10 in a row. Bethel's Hannah Johnson averaged a double-double in the Royals' two wins to lock up a MIAC Playoff spot. She averaged 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game while shooting 64 percent from the floor in wins over Saint Mary's and Augsburg.
The MIAC Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week helped their teams lock up spots in the MIAC Playoffs and move into first place. Augsburg's Eric Brenk had a four-point weekend (three goals, one assist) as he helped the Auggies take four of six points from St. Thomas to move into a first-place tie with the Tommies. Gustavus' Kaitlyn Klein had two assists and a goal in a sweep of Bethel to move into sole possession of first place. Klein was clutch in the sweep – she assisted on the game-winner Friday and scored the game-winner Saturday.
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."
Sophomore – Forward
St. Paul, Minn. / East Ridge
Carleton sophomore forward Freddie Gillespie played key roles in two more Knights road wins last week to push
Sophomore – Center
Duluth, Minn. / East
|Bethel sophomore center Hannah Johnson led the Royals to a pair of MIAC wins to lock up a spot in the conference
Playoffs last week. She averaged 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 1.5 assists for the week while
shooting 64 percent from the floor. Johnson had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in Wednesday's
69-54 win over Saint Mary's, then she tallied her eighth double-double of the season and her fifth in the last seven
contests in Saturday's 68-59 win at Augsburg. Johnson is now averaging 13.5 points and 10.9 rebounds in the last
12 games, which comes after starting with an average of 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds in the first 11 contests.
Sophomore – Forward
|Augsburg sophomore forward Eric Brenk had a four-point weekend, scoring three goals and adding an assist, as
the Auggies claimed four of six points in a weekend series against St. Thomas to lock up a MIAC Playoff spot.
Augsburg and the Tommies are now tied for the MIAC lead entering the final weekend of the regular season. Brenk
scored an unassisted, power-play goal and added an assist in Augsburg's 5-3 road win on Friday. He then scored
two goals, including another on the power play, in the Auggies' 6-6 overtime tie at home on Saturday. On the
season, Brenk stands second on the team with 12 goals and third with 18 points. His 12 goals are fifth-most among
MIAC players overall.
Gustavus Adolphus College
Junior – Forward
Plymouth, Minn. / Wayzata
|Gustavus junior forward Kaitlyn Klein helped guide the Gusties to a series sweep over Bethel over the weekend to
push Gustavus into sole possession of first place in the MIAC. The Gusties also locked up a spot in the five-team MIAC
Playoffs thanks to the sweep. Friday, Klein picked up a career-high two assists, including the assist on the game-winning
goal, in Gustavus' 4-2 home win. Saturday, she scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season to open the scoring,
and it ended up being the eventual game-winner in the 3-0 shutout victory on the Royals' home ice. Klein's six game-
winning goals lead the MIAC, her five power-play goals rank second and her 10 goals also have her in the conference's