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 Carleton and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for December 10-16, 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
Jr. | Forward
St. Paul, Minn. | St. Paul Academy
Kent Hanson scored 24 or more points in all three of Carleton's games last week, nearly averaging a double-double in the process. Hanson began the week by shooting 73 percent from the field en route to a career-best 32-point effort in a road win over Wis.-Eau Claire and wrapped up with 26 points and 11 rebounds at Bethel on Saturday to notch his third double-double of the season. The junior forward averaged 27.3 points and 9.0 rebounds to go along with a total of six assists and four steals in 106 minutes of action.
MIAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Sr. | Center
Hannah Spaulding became the 13th Tommie women's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points as she went for 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in Sunday's 92-50 home victory over Trinity (Texas). In two games on the week, Spaulding averaged 18 points, 13.5 boards, and three blocks. She now has 1,001 points, 490 rebounds, and 138 blocks in 91 career games, and her team is 42-3 in games when she scores in double figures. Spaulding leads all NCAA players of both genders in field-goal percentage at 77.8 percent this season.
MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
So. | Forward
Maddy Fiedler scored what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the second period of Wednesday's 3-1 victory over No. 4-ranked Wis.-River Falls. Fiedler flipped the puck from behind the goal and it caromed off the goalie's shoulder for a power-play score to break a 1-1 tie and eventually the Falcons' 10-game win streak overall, their 10-game win streak against MIAC teams, and their six-game win streak over the Tommies. St. Thomas is 11-0-1 in games on her career when Fiedler scores a goal and 20-2-1 when she scores a point. The Toms have tied a program record with their 11-0 start and hold NCAA hockey's longest current unbeaten streak at 24 (19-0-5).