BURNSVILLE, Minn. – For the first time since the 2007-08 season, a Bemidji State University women’s basketball student-athlete earned her second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week award in the same season. Sophomore center Rachael Heittola did so after leading the Beavers to a weekend sweep to finish the regular season.
On her way to earning her second NSIC North Division Player of the Week honor of the 2020-21 season, Heittola averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 70 percent from the field (14-20) versus the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Heittola opened the weekend with her second double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting during a 79-77 win over UMC Friday. The victory was the fourth game this season that she has totaled at least 20 points in a game. During Saturday’s 79-65 win, Heittola scored 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line while adding eight rebounds.
Heittola has totaled three NSIC North Division Player of the Week awards in her career and also earned the honor on Feb. 18, 2021.
Winona State University senior forward Taylor Hustad earned the NSIC South Division Player of the Week honor.
Bemidji State will continue its 2020-21 season Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. against Concordia University-St. Paul in the quarterfinals of the NSIC Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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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).