Lawson garners NSIC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award
Monday, January 22, 2007
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference today announced that Bemidji State University junior point guard Amy Lawson (Spencer, Iowa) has been selected as its Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her efforts during the week of Jan. 14-20.

Lawson led Bemidji State to a 2-1 record and back over the .500 mark averaging 17.7 points, 9.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 38 minutes per contest. She was 20-of-37 from the field (.541) and 12-of-14 from the line (.857). Saturday, she posted her second double-double of the season netting 20 points, on 10-of-16 (.625) from the field, and a season-high 10 assists versus Winona State. But the highlight of her week was a 55-foot desperation shot to cap a 15-2 run by the Beavers to gain an 86-83 win over Minnesota State University. The heave got air time on several local and regional news broadcasts and was featured on ESPN’s Sports Center.

The Spencer, Iowa native currently ranks ninth in the conference in scoring (13.5) helping BSU to the highest scoring average in the league (74.6). The 2006 NSIC Defensive Player of the Year continues to cause havoc for opposing offenses posting an league-best 3.0 steals per game while she ranks third in assists (6.29).

The conference award marks the third of the season for BSU and the second of its kind for Lawson after she received the award Dec. 4th. The three selections in 2006-07 mark the first time BSU has had three or more honorees during a single season while Lawson joins only Stacia Swanson (2001-2004), who earned the weekly award two times during the 2003-04 campaign, as a BSU player to be honored by the league twice during the same season.

Lawson follows Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) who was honored for her play at the American Family Classic in Duluth, Minn. Nov. 27th.

The Beavers (9-8/5-4 NSIC) return to NSIC action this weekend with a pair of conference tilts. Friday BSU welcomes Southwest Minnesota State University (4-14; 1-8 NSIC) and will host Wayne State College (10-8; 3-6 NSIC) on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. opening tips.