BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Shannon Thompson (G, 5-7, Sr., Rosemount, Minn.) and Brance Orban (F, 5-8, 165, Sr., Lethbridge, Alberta) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 11-17.
Thompson averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in a 2-0 road weekend for the Beaver women’s basketball team Feb. 15-16. She shot 54.5 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers on 17 attempts for a 64.7 percentage. She also added five steals. In a win at Minot State University Friday, she posted a season-high 24 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the field and hit a career-high six 3-pointers (6-of-10, 60%) with five rebounds. She followed that performance with five 3-pointers (5-of-7, 71.4%) Saturday, en route to 17 points. She also added seven assists, which included the final assist on the last-second, game-winning 3-pointer from sophomore Melissa Youngblut (G/F, Davenport, Iowa).
Thompson picks up her first Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection of the season and third of her career (Nov. 9, 2011 and Feb. 23, 2011). It is the sixth for the BSU women’s basketball team in 2012-13, as junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) was recognized as Beaver Pride’s athlete of the week Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Dec. 19, while junior Kate Warmack (C, 6-2, Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) earned the weekly award from the organization Dec. 5 and junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) was the recipient Jan. 30.
Orban led the Bemidji State men’s hockey team Feb. 15-16 with two goals as the Beavers earned three-of-four points in a home Western Collegiate Hockey Association series versus University of Minnesota Duluth. Orban posted the fifth multi-goal effort of his career Friday, which included casting the game-winning goal to help the Beavers break their 12-game winless streak, 4-2. Tied 2-2 to open the third period, Orban scored a pair of third-period power-play goals to propel the Beavers to victory. He finished the weekend with two points (2g-0a) on four shots on goal. He was a –1 with one blocked shot.
This week’s award stands as the first of the season and second of Orban’s career (March 7. 2012), while it is the fifth of 2012-13 for a member of the BSU men’s hockey team. Andrew Walsh (G, 6-2, 196, So., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) earned the award Oct. 24 and Dec. 19, while Sam Rendle (D, 5-10, 174, So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) was the Nov. 28 honoree and Danny Mattson (F, 5-10, 175, So., Minneapolis, Minn.) was recognized Jan. 19.
Bemidji State, now 6-17-7 overall and 5-13-5 in WCHA play to climb into a tie with Michigan Tech for 10th place in the league standings, is in the midst of a week off before hitting the road for its final road series of the regular season March 1-2 in Grand Forks, N.D. BSU’s league match up with University of North Dakota will take place at Ralph Engelstad Arena beginning March 1 at 7:37 p.m. with the finale is set for March 2 at 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State women’s basketball (11-13; 7-13 NSIC, 6-6 NSIC North) hosts the 2012-13 regular season finale Feb. 22-23 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers entertain Minnesota Duluth Friday at 6 p.m. and St. Cloud State University Saturday at 4 p.m. All 16 teams make the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Tournament, which begins Feb. 27.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).