EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University defenseman Ivana Bilic has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Beavers to a sweep against Minnesota State University, Mankato Dec. 5-6.
Bilic registered five points on one goal and four assists in the Beavers’ sweep of Minnesota State. Bilic notched a career-high four points in Friday’s victory over Minnesota State. The four-point performance is the second-best single-game performance by a defenseman in BSU history. She also paced the team with nine blocked shots as the Beavers limited MSU to four goals over two games.
Bilic ranks second nationally with 49 blocked shots and is tied for eighth in scoring by a defenseman with 13 points (3g, 10a).
The honor is the second of the season for Bilic and fifth overall for the Beavers. Bilic, who earned the same honor Oct. 1, joins goaltender Brittni Mowat as a two-time Defensive Player of Week (Nov. 4, Nov. 18), while fellow defenseman Alexis Joyce earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 2.
Bemidji State will make its first road trip since late October this weekend as it travels to St. Cloud State University Dec. 12-13 in another WCHA series.
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).