BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kate Warmack (C, 6-2, Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Zach Noreen (F, 6-6, 255, Jr., Avon, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.
Warmack scored 15 points and added 13 rebounds as the BSU women’s basketball team collected a 74-66 NSIC-opening victory Dec. 1 versus University of Minnesota, Crookston. Her 13 boards tied a career-high and stands as the most by an NSIC player in the first weekend of league competition. She tallied the 15 points on 5-for-7 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. The double-double was Warmack's second of the season. She also added two blocks in 31 minutes of play.
The junior’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks her first of the season, while it is the third time a member of the women’s basketball team has been honored in 2012-13. Warmack follows junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) who was selected for the award in back-to-back weeks to open the season (Nov. 7 and 14). Personally, Warmack has garnered the award on two previous occasions; Dec. 7 and 14 of last season.
Noreen netted a career-high 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range to guide the Bemidji State men's basketball team to a 90-58 NSIC-opening victory against Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1. Noreen was instrumental in lifting the Beavers to an early lead as he scored 11 first half points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc and a 4-of-7 performance from the field. In the game, he shot 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the field and added a team-high four rebounds, with three assists and a block in 25 minutes of play. The five 3-pointers made off the eight attempts were both career-highs for the junior. He is currently tied for first in the NSIC (all games) in 3-pointers made with 15 and his 60 percent from the 3-point land to ranks him second in the nation.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the second of Noreen’s career and the second for a member of the men’s basketball team this season. Noreen also received the Beaver Pride weekly award Nov. 21, 2012.
The Bemidji State men’s and women’s basketball teams look to build upon their perfect starts to the NSIC season this weekend when they hit the road to battle a pair of NSIC opponents. The BSU squads will travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to face St. Cloud State University Friday. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. with the men’s game slated for 8 p.m. at SCSU’s Hallenbeck Hall. Saturday the teams match up with University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. Opening tip off for the women’s game will take place at 4 p.m. with the men to follow at 6 p.m. at UMD’s Romano Gymnasium.
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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).