EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University defensemen Ivana Bilic, a junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, has been named the WCHA Women’s Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Beavers to a series sweep over Robert Morris University Sept. 26-27.
Bilic was strong at both ends of the ice, producing two points, both of which were assists, earning a +4 plus/minus rating and helped the Beavers to their first 2-0-0 start in program history. She set up teammate Alexis Joyce's (D, Fr., Lakeville, Minn.) game-winner Saturday in BSU's 3-1 victory over the Colonials. Bilic also blocked five shots to help BSU's defense hold RMU's offense to an average of 1.50 goals per game.
Bilic is the first BSU player to earn a WCHA weekly honor since Hanna Moher (F, Jr., Milton, Ontario) won the league’s Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 20, 2013. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native is the first Beaver to earn WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors since Brittni Mowat (G, So., Glenboro, Manitoba) Nov. 13, 2013.
The league also announced University of Wisconsin’s Karley Slyvester and Annie Pankowski earned Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
The Beavers, who are off to the best start in program history, 2-0-0, gained their first road sweep since Feb. 17-18, 2012 versus St. Cloud State University when they swept Robert Morris over the weekend.
Bemidji State continues non-conference play this weekend as it opens its 2014-15 home slate with a rare split series versus University of Vermont Oct. 3 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Oct. 4. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both days from the Sanford Center.
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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).