BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Brittni Mowat (G, Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) and Zach Noreen (F, Sr., Avon, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after recording outstanding athletic performances between Nov. 18-25.
Mowat collected 77 saves Nov. 22-23 with a .961 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average helping the Bemidji State women’s hockey team earn a Western Collegiate Hockey Association split at University of Minnesota Duluth. Mowat made 39 saves against UMD Friday in a 3-0 loss, but rebounded Saturday and stopped all 38 Bulldog shots to earn her seventh victory of the season in a 1-0 win for BSU. It was Mowat’s second shutout this season and first in conference action.
Mowat has appeared in all 16 of Bemidji State’s games this season, starting 15. She sports a 2.10 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage during 887:10 of action, which is the second most minutes between the pipes in the WCHA. She is 7-6-2 on the season.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks second of the season for Mowat and the third of 2013-14 for a member of the BSU women’s hockey team. Mowat earned the honor Nov. 14, while Ivana Bilic (D, So., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia), was selected by the organization Oct. 23.
Noreen recorded 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shot 58.6 percent from the field in a 2-0 week for the BSU men’s basketball team. He also added 4.0 assists. 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, while committing just one turnover in 22.0 minutes per contest. He shot 50 percent (3-for-6) from 3-point land. After posting 14 points and six rebounds in a victory against Finlandia University Nov. 19, Noreen had a career game against College of St. Scholastica Nov. 23. He totaled career-highs in points (25), rebounds (9), assists (8), field goals made (11) and field goals attempted (18) in 24 minutes of play. He shot 61.1 percent from the floor and added a team-high three blocks.
Noreen concluded nonconference play averaging 19.5 points per game and currently leads the NSIC in scoring.
This week’s honor marks the first of the season and third career award for Noreen, while it stands as the first in 2013-14 for the BSU men’s basketball team. Noreen also received the Beaver Pride weekly award Dec. 5, 2012 and Nov. 21, 2012.
The Bemidji State University men's basketball team (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Nov. 30 when it hits the road for the first time in 2013-14 and travels to University of Minnesota Crookston (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) for a 4 p.m. contest.
The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team (7-7-2 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA) hosts the Russian National Team Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. at the Sanford Center in an exhibition contest before an idle holiday weekend. BSU resumes regular season play Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 when it travels to Madison, Wis. to battle University of Wisconsin.
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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).