Thompson and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Thompson and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University basketball players Shannon Thompson (So., G, 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.) and James Ellisor (Jr., F, 6-5, Glendale, Ariz.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic accomplishments during the week of Feb. 14-20.

Thompson was the epitome of clutch for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team Feb. 18-19. She may have averaged just 11.5 points and 2.5 steals per game, but she came up with plays when her team needed them most. On Friday against Southwest Minnesota State University, the guard converted a three-point play after being fouled on a lay up. Thompson’s free throw put BSU ahead 64-62 with 30 seconds remaining. Thompson hit two additional free throws down the stretch to help ice the game and snap BSU’s 10-game losing streak. The guard finished with a season-high 15 points and had three steals in the game. The following night versus Minnesota State University, Mankato, Thompson came away with another crucial shot for the Beavers. Down by three points with eight seconds left, the sophomore stepped back and hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 63-63. Unfortunately, MSU’s Andrea Walsh sank a jumper with just one second on the clock to give the Mavericks the victory. Thompson had seven points, three assists and two steals against the Mavericks.

Friday and Saturday’s games were Thompson’s first since suffering a concussion on Feb. 5 against University of Minnesota Duluth.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of Thompson’s career, while she stands as the fifth member of the 2010-11 BSU women’s basketball team to be selected for the honor.  She follows Ellie Wessling (Nov. 24), Colleen McKay (Dec. 15/Jan. 12) and Anna Hebrink (Jan. 5).

Ellisor averaged 22.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists last weekend as the Bemidji State men’s basketball team went 1-1 in a pair of home Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. The Beavers defeated Southwest Minnesota State 84-66 before falling to No. 14 Minnesota State 77-73. Ellisor scored 18 points, adding nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists in the victory against SMSU, shooting 63.6 percent from the field. In the loss to MSU he scored 27 points, his ninth game this season scoring 20 points or more. He added seven rebounds and three steals in the game, shooting 55.6 percent from the field and going 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.

On the weekend he shot 58.6 percent from the field, 75 percent (3-for-4) from 3-point range and 88.9 percent (8-for-9) from the free throw line, recording four steals and one block, while turning the ball over just three times for a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio and playing in 35.5 minutes per game.  

Ellisor has now been selected for Beaver Pride’s weekly award more than any other student-athlete in 2010-11.  This week marks his fourth athlete of the week honor of the season.  It is the seventh time a member of the BSU men’s basketball team has been honored by the organization this season.  In addition to Ellisor, Pat Cassidy (Dec. 1), Bryce Tesdahl (Jan. 26) and Lance Rongstad (Feb. 2) have garnered the award.

Thompson, Ellisor and the BSU men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap up the 2010-11 season this weekend as they hit the road to match up with a pair of NSIC opponents.  Friday the teams are in Fayette, Iowa to battle Upper Iowa University.  The women take the court at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the men at 8 p.m.  Saturday the teams are off to Winona, Minn. for a  pair of league games versus Winona State University.  The women’s game will get underway with a 5 p.m. opening tip-off, with the men opening play at 7 p.m.