MIAC Athletes of the Week – December 10, 2018

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for basketball and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Hamline, St. Catherine, and Saint Mary's claimed the Conference's weekly honors for December 3-9, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Eli Cave
Saint Mary's University
So. | Forward
St. Paul, Minn. | Benilde-St. Margaret's

Eli Cave averaged 24 points and nine rebounds as Saint Mary's rolled to a pair of MIAC wins last week. He totaled 19 points and 11 boards in a 71-64 win over Concordia on Wednesday to help snap a 27-game conference skid before pouring in a game-high 29 points - 27 of which came in the second half - of the Cards' 86-81 victory at Gustavus. Cave went 11-for-18 from the field, hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers on Saturday to help SMU end a 35-game losing streak against the Gusties.

MIAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Danica Cambrice
St. Catherine University
Jr. | Guard
Minneapolis, Minn. | St. Croix Lutheran

Danica Cambrice posted a pair of 25-point performances in Conference victories for St. Kate's over Saint Benedict and St. Olaf last week. The junior guard shot 58-percent from the floor while averaging 33.5 minutes per game. Cambrice pulled down seven rebounds against the Bennies on Wednesday to go along with two assists and a pair of steals before hauling in eight boards - five on the offensive side of the ball - and collecting five more steals and assists apiece in the win versus St. Olaf on Saturday.

MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Luke Dietsch
Augsburg University
Sr. | Forward
St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall

Luke Dietsch had a strong weekend, scoring two goals with three assists as No. 9-ranked Augsburg claimed a win and tie against defending Division III national champion and current No. 3-ranked St. Norbert (Wis.) over the weekend. He assisted on a first-period goal in Friday's 6-5 overtime win, then scored the first and last goals of the game for the Auggies in Saturday's 3-3 overtime tie, including a power-play goal to tie the contest in the third period.

MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
McKenna Hulslander
Hamline University
So. | Goalie
Kalispell, Mont. | Glacier

McKenna Hulslander earned her first shutout of the season in a win over Wis.-Superior on Tuesday, knocking away 13 shots in the first period and 10 in the third of a 3-0 victory. The sophomore goaltender has allowed just nine goals in her last seven games, lowering her goals-allowed average to 1.69, the third-lowest in the MIAC this season.