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, and St. Olaf claimed the conference's weekly honors for November 25-December 1, 2019.
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 meet 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 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Booker Coplin had a pair of double-doubles last week, helping No. 20-ranked Augsburg improve to 3-1 on the season. On Tuesday, he scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in Augsburg's 79-71 loss at UW-La Crosse. On Saturday, he scored a season-high 38 points -- the 11th 30-plus-point game of his career -- with 10 rebounds, as Augsburg rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to claim a 79-76 home win over UW-River Falls. Coplin has registered double-doubles in three of his four games this season and now has 20 in his three seasons as an Auggie.
Reilly Geistfeld became the 12th women's basketball player in Hamline history to surpass the 1,000 point mark when she did so with a 25-point performance against Macalester last Tuesday. The senior forward shot 64.7 percent from the floor in the game, while adding her second double-double of the season with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Geistfeld has scored in double figures every game this season.
Noah Parker stopped 40 of the 42 shots he faced in St. Olaf's loss at Lake Forest on Saturday evening. The senior allowed just one even-strength goal on his way to his second 40-save performance of the season and the eighth of his career. Parker ranks second in the MIAC with 187 total saves this season.
Michaela Arnold scored and assisted on a goal in Hamline's game against No. 6-ranked UW-Eau Claire last Tuesday. The two-point game for Arnold marked her third game with multiple points this season. The first-year forward has scored five goals in seven games this season, a total that is good for second-most in the conference.