BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Lanae Rash (G, 5-8, Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.) and Cory Crosby (ILB, 6-1, Sr, Cold Spring, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.
Rash made an immediate impact for the BSU women’s basketball team netting 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in her official debut with the green and white Nov. 2 versus Lakehead University. On the weekend she averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in 25.0 minutes per game. She shot 51.7 percent from the field and went 4-for-5 (80%) from the charity stripe, while helping BSU to a perfect 2-0 record. She also posted a 20-point performance in an exhibition game at University of North Dakota with 23 points on 9-for-16 (56.3) shooting from the field and added five rebounds and four assists.
Rash’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of the junior’s career and the first of the 2012-13 season for a member of the BSU women’s basketball team.
Crosby racked-up a career-high 17 (four solo) tackles in the BSU football team’s 35-25 home win against Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday. He also established career-highs for assisted tackles (13), tackles for loss (4.5) and matched his career-high for sacks with 2.5. His tackles for loss set the Dragon offense back 23 yards. The senior’s 4.5 tackles for loss also matched an NSIC high-water mark for 2012, while his 17 tackles pushed his season total to 100 (41 solo) and makes him one of just four NSIC players to reach the century mark this season.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the second of the season for Crosby, while it stands as the eighth time a member of the football team has been recognized by the organization this season. Crosby was previously selected for the honor Sept. 12.
For his performance, the senior was also named Defensive Player of the Week, by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Monday.
Bemidji State is 6-4 overall and its 5-1 record in NSIC North play remains tied for first and a win Nov. 10 at home against Minot State University in the season finale would secure a share of the 2012 North Division title. The contest against its fellow Beavers is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Next up for the Beavers is a Nov. 9 home contest against Mayville State University out of Mayville, N.D. BSU and Mayville State have played six times in the last five seasons with BSU winning all five. The Beavers are currently on a six-game winning streak against the Comets and are 27-5 in the all-time series that dates back to 1971.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).