BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Rachael Kelly (F, Jr., Roseville, Minn.) and Zach Noreen (F, 6-6, 250, Sr., Avon, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Jan. 20-26.
Kelly enjoyed a stellar weekend for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team, producing two goals to help the Beavers to a pair of close games at No. 3 University of North Dakota Jan. 24-25. In Friday’s 3-3 tie, Kelly scored a power-play goal to move the score to 2-2 late in the third period. She also put three shots on goal and blocked a shot. Saturday Kelly scored BSU’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss. Kelly gave BSU its only lead in the series at 6:48 of the first period, posted three more shots on goal and was selected the No. 3 star of the game.
Through 22 games played this season, Kelly is the second leading point and goal scorer for Bemidji State with totals of 10 and six, respectively.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the second of the season for Kelly, while it is the fifth of the year for a member of the women’s hockey team. She follows Ivana Bilic (Oct. 23) and Brittni Mowat (Nov. 13 and 27).
Noreen averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and shot 63.6 percent from the field in an NSIC road sweep at University of Mary and Minot State University to help extend the BSU men’s basketball team’s winning streak to seven. He totaled four assists, three blocks and two steals in 64 minutes of play. He knocked down two 3-pointers and was 7-for-10 (70%) from the free throw line on the weekend. Noreen scored 16 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds, while shooting 80 percent (8-for-10) from the field at U-Mary Friday. He also added three assists, three blocks and a steal in 28 minutes. The double-double was his second of the season. The senior recorded his eighth game with 20 or more points Saturday at Minot State when he shot 6-of-12 (50%) from the field, went 2-for-5 (40%) from long range and knocked down 7-of-9 (77.8%) attempts from the charity stripe to post 21 points.
This week’s honor marks the second of the season for Noreen, while it is the fifth of the season for a member of the BSU men’s basketball squad. In addition to his previous selection for the weekly honor Nov. 27, Noreen joins teammates: Maxie Rosenbloom (F, Sr., St. Paul, Minn.), who earned the award Dec. 11 and Jan. 22 and Brock Lutes (G, Jr., Portland, Ore), the Jan. 8 recipient.
The Bemidji State men’s basketball team, which improved to 14-4 overall and 11-3 in NSIC play last weekend, is 8-1 in its last nine games. The Beavers continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this weekend with games at Southwest Minnesota State University Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.) at University of Sioux Falls.
Bemidji State (9-14-3, 6-13-2 WCHA) returns to Sanford Center to host University of Minnesota Duluth this weekend. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday.
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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).