The UMC men’s basketball team has received the award seven times this season while the women’s basketball team has received the award four times.
University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball player Katrina Moenkedick (So., F, Perham, Minn.) and men’s basketball player Derrick Redd (So., G, Menifee, Calif.) have been selected UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances on the basketball court last weekend against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University. The honor is the second in a row for Moenkedick and the first award for Redd, who earned his first career start last weekend against Winona State.
Both student-athletes were chosen for their performances from Thur., Jan. 2 to Wed., Jan. 8. This is the first the award has been handed out for the 2014 calendar year after a hiatus for the holiday season stretching from Dec. 18 to Jan. 2. The UMC men’s basketball team has received the award seven times this season while the women’s basketball team has received the award four times.
Moenkedick was also named NSIC Player of the Week for her performance last weekend in which she averaged a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in two crucial NSIC wins over Upper Iowa and Winona State. Moenkedick was also named the KROX Player of the Week. She recorded a double-double in an 80-69 win over Upper Iowa Friday as she poured in a career-high 30 points with 11 rebounds on the night. Moenkedick was also huge defensively as she had six steals against the Peacocks. She went 10-of-16 from the field and was 10-of-13 from the charity stripe. Saturday against Winona State, Moenkedick added a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Eagles picked up huge win against the Warriors 71-58. Moenkedick went 4-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. On the weekend she finished the weekend shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 82.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Redd averaged 13 points in games against Upper Iowa and Winona State last weekend. Redd stepped up as the Golden Eagles are currently looking to replace the numbers put up by leading scorer Ashton Harrell, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury. Redd tallied 12 points and three boards in a loss to Upper Iowa Friday. Saturday, the sophomore guard tallied 14 points, including scoring nine of the first 11 points in the game for the Golden Eagles as they hung with Winona State early. Redd also tallied six rebounds on the game. He had come off the bench for the first 11 games before getting the start against the Warriors. He is currently averaging 8.3 points per game in an average of 18.2 minutes per game.
The UMC Teambackers Student-Athlete of the Week award was created to honor Golden Eagle student-athletes for performance on or off the field of play. Every week, at least one male and one female student-athlete will be chosen as the award winner. Award winners will normally be announced on Wednesday with exceptions being made based on time of events or other unique circumstances.