BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University student-athletes Kate Warmack (C, 6-2, Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Mason Walters (F, 6-7, Sr., Milton, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 25-March 3.
Warmack scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half of a 94-77 loss at No. 17 Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 27 in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament. She added six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the game. The junior went 8-for-16 (50%) from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Warmack tied for second on the team in scoring in 2012-13 with 11.3 points per game, while her 6.8 rebounds per contest was a team-best and ranked 18th in the league. She shot 52.8 percent form the field this season to sit fifth in the NSIC.
Warmack’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the second of season, while it stands as the seventh time a member of the women’s basketball team has been honored by the organization during the 2012-13 campaign. Previous award recipients were junior Lanae Rash (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) (Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Dec. 19), junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) (Jan. 30) and senior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) (Feb. 20). Warmack was also selected for the honor Dec. 5.
Walters averaged 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in two NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament games Feb. 27 and March 2. After scoring 17 points and adding nine rebounds in a 71-54 first round victory Wednesday, the senior went off for 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in the 74-72 upset of No. 21 Winona State University March 2 in the quarterfinals. The 18 rebounds ranks tied for second all-time at Bemidji State for most rebounds in a game. In the two games he shot 51.7 percent from the field, went 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line and added four assists.
Averaging 14.0 points per game this season, Walters is second on the team in scoring. He also leads the team and ranks third in the NSIC with 7.9 rebounds per game.
This week’s award marks the fifth of the season for Walters and the 10th for a member of the BSU men’s basketball team. He follows Lance Rongstad (Feb. 6 and Jan. 23), Zach Noreen (Nov. 21 and Dec. 5) and Dermaine Crockrell (Feb. 13). Walters was also selected for the award Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Jan. 30 and Feb. 27.
The Beavers are 17-11 overall, riding a five-game wining streak and have won eight of their last 10 heading into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Semifinals in Rochester, Minn. March 8 against Upper Iowa University at 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Arena.
The BSU women’s basketball team completed its season with an 11-16 overall record and a 7-15 mark in league play.
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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).