Warmack and Walsh garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Warmack and Walsh garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Kate Warmack (So., C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Andrew Walsh (Fr., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Dec. 5-11.

Warmack missed just two shots all weekend, guiding the BSU women’s basketball team to a 2-0 NSIC road weekend at Winona State University (69-62) and Upper Iowa University (72-50). She went 13-for-15 (86.7%) from the field, missing just one shot in each game. In the two contests she averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, recording 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the game against WSU, posting her second-career double-double. She had 15 points and nine rebounds in just 23 minutes of play in win against the Peacocks. She also hit her first collegiate 3-pointer on her first-career attempt against UIU. She added one block and one assist on the weekend, while turning the ball over just once in 29.0 minutes per game.  

Beaver Pride’s recognition of Warmack marks the second straight week that she has been honored by the organization and the third time a member of the BSU women’s basketball team has been selected for the award during the 2011-12 campaign.  She follows Shannon Thompson (Jr., G, Rosemount, Minn.), who garnered the laurel Nov. 9.

A 6-2, 190-pound freshman, Walsh turned aside a career-high 36 shots Saturday to lead the Bemidji State men’s ice hockey team to it’s first win over then-No. 13 Denver, 2-1, in a series that dates to 1967 (1-9-0). His 36 saves on 37 shots resulted in a .973 save percentage, while he served as the last line of defense for BSU’s league-leading penalty-kill unit that held the Pioneers scoreless on all six power-play opportunities.  

In six appearances this season, Walsh is 3-2-1 with a team-best 2.69 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.

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

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the second of Walsh’s career.  He was also picked for the honor Oct. 26. Walsh is the second member of the BSU men’s hockey team earn the award in 2011-12. He follows Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) who was awarded the honor Dec. 7.

The Bemidji State women’s basketball team returns to the BSU Gymnasium for its NSIC home opener this weekend. The team hosts Northern State University for a 6 p.m. contest Friday and wraps up the weekend with a 4 p.m. game versus University of Mary Saturday. BSU is 3-1 in NSIC play to sit in a five-way tie for first in the league standings. The 3-1 conference start is the best by the Beavers since the 2006-07 season.

Bemidji State (7-9-2; 6-7-2 WCHA) remains home to face long-time rival University of Alabama-Huntsville (1-17-1) this weekend before breaking for the holidays. Opening face off for the nonconference series opener is slated for 7:37 p.m. Friday at Sanford Center.  The teams will wrap up the two-game set with a 7:07 p.m. match up Saturday.