BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Sierra Senske and Michael Bitzer have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Jan. 19-25.
Senske paced BSU’s offense over the weekend averaging 18.5 points per game against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University. Senske tallied 23 points against MSUM Saturday, which marked the 11th time this season that she has led the team on the scoreboard. The freshman center shot 42.3 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the charity stripe.
The Glyndon, Minn. native not only leads BSU in scoring but also ranks 11th in the league, averaging 14.8 points per game and is fourth in field goal percentage (51. 9%).
Bitzer earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors after backstopping Bemidji State to a pair of wins and the North Star College Cup championship at Xcel Energy Center. The freshman from Moorhead, Minn. allowed just one goal in 120 minutes of play against a pair of top-10 opponents, stopping 54-of-55 shots faced for a .982 save percentage. Bitzer collected a career-high 28 saves in a 4-0 shutout over No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth, before posting 26 saves in the 3-1, championship game victory over No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato.
In addition, Bitzer was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance last weekend.
Bitzer is 7-7-1 with an 2.02 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 15 starts this season.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team looks to build upon its momentum from last weekend as it faces another top-10 team this weekend when No. 6 Bowling Green State University at Sanford Center. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
The Bemidji State women’s basketball team continues a four-game road swing this weekend with a pair of tilts at Winona State University at 6 p.m. Friday and Upper Iowa University at 4 p.m. Saturday.