Nov. 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Nate Schimonitz of Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, Neb.) and Tessa Zamolyi of Misericordia University (Dallas, Pa.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending November 10.

Schimonitz, a 6-4 senior guard from Omaha, Neb., filled up the box score in wins over Saint John's University (Minn.) and the University of Wisconsin Superior last week. On Friday, he scored 26 points (10-of-20 FT, 5-of-6 FT, 1-of-4 3FG), collected 10 rebounds, recorded six assists, and added seven steals in a 78-56 victory over the No. 12 ( Johnnies. Then, against the Yellowjackets on Saturday, Schimonitz totaled 32 points (14-of-18 FG, 4-of-4 FT, 0-1 3FG), seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Over the two games for the No. 8 Prairie Wolves (2-0), he averaged 29 points, 8.5 rebounds, six assists, and 4.5 steals while shooting 63 percent (24-of-38) from the field, 90 percent (9-of-10) from the foul line and 20 percent (1-of-5) from three-point range. For his efforts, Schimonitz was also named the American Rivers Conference (ARC) Player of the Week.

Zamolyi, a 6-0 junior guard/forward from Bethlehem, Pa., produced a pair of double-doubles and career highs in leading the Cougars (2-0) to back-to-back victories. On Friday, in a 93-41 wipeout of the University of Valley Forge, she scored a career-high 31 points and totaled 14 rebounds, while also recording an assist and two steals. Then, on Saturday against Gwynedd Mercy University, Zamolyi scored 24 points and collected a career-best 19 rebounds. She also contributed three assists, two steals and a block in the 107-86 victory. Over the two games, Zamolyi averaged 27.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and 0.5 blocks. She shot 63.8 percent (23-of-36) from the field, 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the foul line and 50 percent (2-of-4) from three-point range. For her efforts, Zamolyi was also named the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Player of the Week.

Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the sixth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.

2019-20 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 10: Nate Schimonitz, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Tessa Zamolyi, Misericordia University
Week ending Nov. 17: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Leah Porath, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Week ending Nov. 24: Matthew Mancuso, University of Scranton and Katelyn Pickunka, Smith College
Week ending Dec. 1: Hunter Martineau, Hilbert College and Sydney Kopp, DePauw University
Week ending Dec. 8: Jared Wagner, York College and Amina Wiley, Mitchell College
Week ending Dec. 15: Eric Demers, Gordon College and Alexis Jones, Augustana College
Week ending Jan. 5: Tyler Frederick, La Roche University and Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia University
Week ending Jan. 12: Chris LaBelle, Centenary University and Olivia Nagy, John Carroll University
Week ending Jan. 19: Sam Jefferson, Colby College and Dejah Terrell, Albright College
Week ending Jan. 26: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Taite Anderson, Bethel University
Week ending Feb. 2: Brian Cameron, Wesley College and Abbey Lawrence, Case Western Reserve University
Week ending Feb. 9: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Katie McShea, Marymount University
Week ending Feb. 16: Isaiah Brown, SUNY Potsdam and Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Emmanuel College
Week ending Feb. 23: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Shyla Osmond, Albertus Magnus College
Week ending March 1: Gabriel Leifer, Yeshiva University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College