Waldorf’s Tula Earns NSAA Player-of-the-Week Honors

Waldorf University men’s basketball player Falmata Tula earned North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Player-of-the-Week honors, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Tula averaged 24.5 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and one steal while helping the Warriors (11-18, 7-9) split a pair of conference home matchups during the weekend. He shot 64.3 percent on the weekend, going 18-of-28 from the field and 3-of-5 (60 percent) from 3-point range. Tula also knocked down 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) attempts at the free-throw line.

On Friday, Tula provided 19 points, five rebounds and two assists in a 68-51 loss to Viterbo University (18-11, 10-6). He hit 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) shots from the floor, went 1-of-2 (50 percent) behind the arc and converted on 4-of-5 (80 percent) trips to the foul line.

Tula delivered a career-high 30 points, pulled down nine boards, dished out three assists, blocked three shots and collected two steals in Saturday’s 84-82 upset win over Bellevue University (19-10, 11-5), which is ranked No. 21 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll. He shot 68.8 percent, draining 11-of-16 attempts from the field and finishing 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from downtown. Tula also sank 6-of-8 (75 percent) shots at the charity stripe.

This season, Tula is averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals a game. The 6-foot junior guard from Minneapolis is currently shooting 47.7 percent (61-of-128) from the floor and 71.1 percent (32-of-45) at the foul line.

Waldorf opens the postseason in Thursday’s NSAA Tournament quarterfinal against Dickinson State University (20-10, 11-5) in a 7 p.m. (MST) tipoff at Dickinson, N.D. The Blue Hawks are receiving votes in the national poll and split the regular-season meetings with the Warriors. Waldorf topped Dickinson State in a 64-60 win on Jan. 6 at Forest City while the Warriors fell in a 99-96 overtime road loss to the Blue Hawks on Jan. 21

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