Warmack and Hunt garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Warmack and Hunt garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Kate Warmack (So., C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4.

Warmack averaged 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game to lead the BSU women’s basketball team to a 1-1 record to open NSIC play Dec. 2-3.  Bemidji State gained a 75-68 win at Minnesota State University Moorhead before a 82-66 loss at University of Minnesota, Crookston. Warmack shot 50.0 percent from the field and went 6-for-9 (66.7%) from the charity stripe, adding four blocks in 23.5 minutes per game. She helped guide BSU to the road win Friday with 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. The Beavers have already matched their NSIC road victory total from last season as they went 1-10 in conference games away from the BSU Gymnasium. Warmack posted 12 points in the loss to UMC Saturday, her fourth double-digit point game of the season.

Beaver Pride’s recognition of Warmack marks the second time a member of the BSU women’s basketball team has been selected for the award during the 2011-12 campaign, while it is the first time Warmack has received the honor.  She follows Shannon Thompson (Jr., G, Rosemount, Minn.), who garnered the laurel Nov. 9.

Hunt had a hand in three goals, including two deciding markers as the BSU men’s hockey team earned three points at St. Cloud State University Dec. 2-3.  He contributed a pair of assists, including one on teammate Aaron McLeod’s game-tying goal at 13:23 of the third period, in the 6-6 draw Friday as Bemidji State came back from a pair of two-goal deficits. Hunt’s second assist in that game moved him into a tie with BSU great Matt Read atop the Beavers’ Division I-era assists list with 78. In the series finale, Hunt helped the Beavers to the 3-1 win, while achieving a personal milestone. He scored his third goal of the season, the eventual game-winning goal, at 11:55 of the first period to register the 100th point of his collegiate career (22g, 78a). He becomes just the sixth defender in the 56-year history of the BSU hockey program to score 100 points. In addition to his three points, Hunt tied for the team lead with four blocked shots on the weekend and finished the series with a +1 plus/minus rating.

Through 16 games, Hunt is Bemidji State’s top scorer with 14 points (3g, 11a).

For his performance, Hunt was also named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the third of Hunt’s career.  He was also picked for the honor Feb. 11 of the 2008-09 sason and Nov. 25 of 2009-10. Hunt is the second member of the BSU men’s hockey team earn the award in 2011-12. He follows Andrew Walsh (Fr., G, Dawson, Creek) who was awarded the honor Oct. 26.

The Bemidji State women’s basketball team continues its season-long four-game NSIC road trip this weekend. Friday the team travels to Winona State University for a 6 p.m. game versus the Warriors and will travel to Upper Iowa University Saturday for a 6 p.m. match up with the Peacocks.

The BSU men’s hockey team (6-8-2; 4-6-2 WCHA) now returns to Sanford Center for its final six games of the calendar year.  The homestand begins as the Beavers host No. 13 University of Denver (6-5-3; 4-3-3 WCHA) this weekend.  The WCHA series versus the Pioneers is set to get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday with the series finale slated for 7:07 p.m. Saturday.