MIAC Athletes of the Week – Dec. 11, 2017

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in basketball and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Concordia and Gustavus claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Dec. 4-10, 2017.

The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball and hockey) will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons.

To view each sport's 2017-18 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2017-18 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections.

MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Riley Sharbono
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. – Wing
Marshall, Minn.

Riley Sharbono averaged 17.5 points last week as the Gusties defeated Augsburg and Hamline to remain unbeaten in MIAC play. The junior wing led Gustavus with 22 points and a season-high three three-point field goals with a 9-for-11 mark at the free throw line in a comeback win over Augsburg on Wednesday. Sharbono followed up that performance with a 13-point showing against the Pipers on Saturday, draining all six of his free throw attempts – including a pair with less than 20 seconds to play – to seal a victory for the Gusties.

MIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Miranda Rice
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr. – Forward
Forest Lake, Minn.

Miranda Rice became the 12th Gustavus women's basketball player in history to reach the 1,000 career points mark after scoring 18 against Augsburg and 19 against Hamline last week. The senior forward shot 65.4 percent from the floor and hauled in 10 rebounds to help keep the nationally-ranked Gusties undefeated. Her field goal percentage of 57.9 and points-per-game clip of 18.0 both rank second-highest among MIAC competitors in 2017.

MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Mario Bianchi
Concordia College

Jr. – Forward
Bloomington, Minn. | Holy Angels

Junior forward Mario Bianchi totaled seven points in the Cobbers' two games at Hamline over the weekend. He scored three of Concordia's five goals in a 5-2 victory over the Pipers on Friday and returned Saturday to assist on all four third period goals as the Cobbers scored five unanswered to rally back from a 7-2 deficit and finish with a 7-7 tie. Bianchi leads the team with five goals and eight assists on the year.

MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Diana Draayer
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr. – Forward
Deephaven, Minn. | Minnetonka

Senior forward Diana Draayer posted her second career hat trick in Wednesday's 4-3 win over No. 5-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls. Draayer managed to find the back of the net at even strength, short-handed and on a power play for the game-winner. Her seven goals this season are the third-most among MIAC competitors.