BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for basketball and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Hamline, Saint John's, and Saint Mary's claimed the conference's weekly honors for December 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with meet sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Lucas Walford shot 76.7 percent (23-for-30) from the floor and averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds (4.3 offensive) and 4 assists per game as SJU went 3-0 during the holiday break. Walford leads the conference in both rebounds per game (11.6) and field goal percentage (.679), and is currently fifth in NCAA Division III in offensive rebounds per game (4.55), seventh in shooting percentage, 11th in double-doubles (7) and 13th in total rebounds per game.
Taite Anderson averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 boards per game in three games over the holiday break, helping Bethel to improve to 11-0 on the season. The MIAC's leading scorer put up a pair of 20-plus point efforts, scoring 24 against Salisbury and 25 against Saint Mary's. The senior found her rhythm from long distance, going 5-of-6 from 3-point range, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field.
Al Rogers stopped 67 of 69 shots he faced in two games last weekend, leading the Cardinal men's hockey team to wins over No. 10 Oswego State and No. 14 Williams en route to the Pathfinder/Oswego State Hockey Classic title. The goaltender's performance earned him tournament MVP honors. Rogers opened tournament play by stopping all 30 shots he faced in the Cardinals' 1-0 victory over host Oswego State. The junior followed up his first collegiate shutout by blanking No. 14 Williams for the first two periods of their title-game clash, before surrendering a pair of late third-period goals in Saint Mary's 4-2 victory. Rogers finished with a season-high 37 saves vs. the Ephs to close out the tournament with a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .971 save percentage.
Bre Simon had five points in two games over the weekend, helping the Pipers to wins against St. Norbert and Lake Forest. The senior was +5 in the Pipers' two victories and had her fourth multipoint game of the season in the Pipers' 7-0 win against St. Norbert. Simon leads the conference in assists on the season with 10, and is tied for the lead in points with 16.