Gustavus senior Bri Monahan (Hutchinson, Minn.) and junior Jess Vadnais (Hudson, Wis.) have been named Co-MIAC Players of Week in women’s basketball. The duo combined to help the Gusties claim wins over Augsburg, Bethel, and St. Ben’s last week. The Gusties have now won eight straight games and are in a first place tie with St. Ben’s with a record of 13-2.
Monahan averaged 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game during the week. She scored 21 points in Monday’s 72-65 win at Augsburg, and then scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in a 72-55 win at home over Bethel on Wednesday. On Saturday, Monahan scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Gusties defeated Saint Benedict 66-58 to move into a first place tie with the Blazers. She was also 8- for-8 from the free throw line including 4-for-4 in the final minute of the game.
Vadnais averaged 21.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game during the week. She scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Monday’s 72-65 win at Augsburg, and then scored 23 points in a 72-55 win at home over Bethel on Wednesday. On Saturday, Vadnais scored 21 points and made 8-of-8 from the free throw line as the Gusties defeated Saint Benedict 66-58 to move into a first place tie with the Blazers. When Saint Benedict was making a 10-0 run to cut the lead to four points at 54-50 with 2:55 left in the game, Vadnais came down the floor and hit a key three-point basket to push the lead back to seven points.
Vadnais leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.2 points per game, while Monahan is right behind at 17.6 points per game, however in MIAC play Monahan leads the league in scoring at 17.5 points per game, while Vadnais is right behind at 17.3 points per game.
The Gusties play at St. Kate’s in St. Paul on Wednesday and then return home to host Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Gustavus is currently 18-2 overall and 16-2 in the MIAC.