Cody and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Cody and Rongstad garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Erin Cody (Sr., F, 5-7, Roseville, Minn.) and Lance Rongstad (So., G/F, 6-3, Eleva, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic accomplishments during the week of Jan. 24-30.

Cody became the third player in Bemidji State history to eclipse the century mark in career points Jan. 28-29 as the BSU women’s hockey team dropped two games to No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth. Entering Friday’s game Cody needed one point to collect 100 in her career. Not only did she reach the plateau, she did it in style recording a hat trick. She opened the scoring at the 3:04 mark after stealing the puck and scoring on a breakaway. After dropping to a two-goal deficit in the second period, Cody scored two quick ones to tie the game back up. On the weekend Cody had eight shots on goal.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the sixth of Cody’s career and the third in 2010-11 alone, while it is the seventh time this season a member of the BSU women’s ice hockey team has earned the award.  

Rongstad averaged 19 points and four rebounds as the Bemidji State men’s basketball team went 0-2 in a pair of home games versus the University of Mary (71-60) and Northern State University (84-82). He shot 61.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and went a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe, increasing his team-high free throw percentage to 89.7 percent. On the weekend he added four steals and one block, starting both games and averaging 32.5 minutes per contest.

The award marks the second occasion Rongstad has been recognized by Beaver Pride.  He was also named Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week Feb. 24, 2010.  This week stands and the fifth time this season a member of the BSU men’s basketball team has been selected for the honor.  Rongstad follows Bryce Tesdahl (Jan. 26) follows Patrick Cassidy (Dec. 1) and James Ellisor (Nov. 24, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12).

The BSU men’s basketball team (7-12; 4-11 NSIC) looks to end a six-game losing skid this weekend as it hosts University of Minnesota Duluth to wrap up a three-game homestand at the BSU Gymnasium. The game is set for a 4 p.m. opening tip-off.

Cody and the BSU women’s hockey team are back in the comfort of the Sanford Center this weekend for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association match up with No. 1 University of Wisconsin.  The Beavers now, 12-11-3 overall and 10-9-3-2 in league play, open the two-game set with a 7:07 p.m. start Friday and will close out the series with a 4:07 p.m. opening face-off Saturday.