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Buccaneers win all-conference team honors

March 6, 2014

James Lazarcik, a 6’5 senior forward from La Crescent, Minn., has been named to the All-Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball First Team for the second straight season. Lauren McNanna, a 5’7 senior guard from Newark, Ill., and Lana Wieseman, a 6’1 sophomore forward from Lake Geneva, Wis., have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Women’s Basketball Second Team.  The Conference Office released the 2013-14 team this week.

Lazarcik, who was an Honorable Mention All-MWC selection after the 2011-12 season, led the team in scoring (19.5), rebounding (9.2), blocked shots (1.0), field goal percentage (69.7 percent), free throw percentage (83.2 percent), and minutes played per game (31.5).  He led the conference in rebounding and field goal percentage and was fourth in scoring and, as of the March 3 reporting date, continued to lead NCAA Division III in field goal percentage, a feat he’s looking to accomplish for the second straight season.

He finished his career with 1,292 points, the seventh-most in Beloit Men’s Basketball history, 752 rebounds, the second-most, and 515 made field goals, the fourth-most.  He shot 64.9 percent from the field (515-794) and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. 

The honor is the second for McNanna, who was a First Team selection last season.  For Wieseman it’s her first All-MWC honor.

McNanna led the Buccaneers in 10 offensive categories, including minutes played at 37 per game out of 40.  She averaged 15.4 points per game in her final season while becoming the 14th member of the Buccaneer Women’s Basketball 1,000-point club. She finished her career with 1,132, good for eighth all-time. She also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Her 86 percent free throw percentage was second in the MWC, as was her 37.6 percent three-point percentage. She also finished her career as the all-time leader in free throws made with just under 400 at Beloit and fifth in three-pointers made with 117.

Wieseman led the Bucs in eight categories, including leading the team with 15.8 points per game and 6.0 rebounds.  Her 34-point game against Knox College in Flood Arena on December 19 tied the all-time record. She also shot 52.8 percent from the field, sixth in the MWC, and blocked 1.2 shots per game, second in the Conference.