Wheelhouse and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wheelhouse and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and James Ellisor (Sr., F, Glendale, Ariz.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Nov. 21-27.

Wheelhouse had a hand in four of the BSU women’s ice hockey team’s five goals, as she tallied a goal and three assists in a weekend series with then-No. 6 University of North Dakota (Nov. 25-26).  In Friday’s 5-2 loss, the junior defenseman picked up a goal and an assist in a game dubbed “The Wheelhouse Homecoming” due to the game being played in Crookston, the hometown of Erika and her sister Marlee Wheelhouse (Sr., D). Saturday, Wheelhouse notched two assists as the Beavers earned a 3-2 victory over the Fighting Sioux.

Wheelhouse was also named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the second of the season for Wheelhouse and the fifth occasion a member of the BSU women’s hockey team has been recognized for the award during the 2011-12 campaign. In addition to Wheelhouses’ Oct. 12 award, Emily Erickson (Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.) garnered the award Oct. 19 and Nov. 23 and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) was selected for the honor Oct. 26.

Ellisor averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field leading the BSU men’s basketball team a 3-0 record last week to close nonconference play 5-1. Ellisor added seven steals, six assists and four blocks on the week as the Beavers picked up a road victory against UW-Stout (Nov. 22) and as host won the InnKeepers Beaver Classic Nov. 25-26 with wins against Minot State (74-45) and Michigan Tech (63-58). He hit three 3-pointers and shot 7-of-9 (77.8%) from the charity stripe in the three games. In the win against Michigan Tech, Ellisor posted his fourth 20-point game of the season with 26, adding nine rebounds and three steals while shooting 66.7 percent from the field with just one turnover. Friday versus Minot State he had 22 points, four blocks and tied a career-high with four steals. He also shot 66.7 percent in the game and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.

Ellisor has helped guide BSU to its first 5-1 start to a season since the 1997-98 squad had a matching 5-1 record in the season’s first six games.

The award is also the second of the season for Ellisor (Nov. 23) and marks the second time a member of the BSU men’s basketball team has won the award in 2011-12.

The BSU women’s hockey team, currently ranked in the Top 10 of both the USCHO.com (8) and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (9) polls, is 10-5-2 overall and 6-5-1 in WCHA play and is idle this weekend.

The BSU men’s basketball team opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play this weekend with a trip to Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday for an 8 p.m. tip off and to Crookston, Minn. Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest versus University of Minnesota, Crookston.