Williams and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Williams and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Danielle Williams (So., F, Waconia, 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 Jan. 4-10.

Williams tallied two goals and an assist as the BSU women’s hockey team picked up a 4-0 win over Minnesota State Saturday night. The goals and assist were the first points of the season for Williams who has been transitioning to forward after being a staple on the Beavers’ third defensive pair. Williams’ goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winner as she played a one-timer past Alli Altmann. Williams tallied an assist later in the second period and then potted another goal in the third period to put BSU ahead 4-0.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of Williams’ career and the seventh occasion a member of the BSU women’s hockey team has been recognized for the award during the 2011-12 campaign. She follows last week’s honoree Natasha Kostenko (Fr., F, Fannystelle, Manitoba) and teammates Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.), who earned the honor Nov. 30 and Oct. 12, Emily Erickson (Jr., F, Coleraine, Minn.), who garnered the award Oct. 19 and Nov. 23 and Montana Vichorek (Sr., D, Moose Lake, Minn.) the Oct. 26 selection.

Ellisor posted a career-high 34 points in the BSU men’s basketball team’s 103-93 double overtime loss to No. 21 Augustana Saturday and averaged 25.0 points per game in a 1-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) road weekend. He was an efficient 18-for-31 (58.1%) from the field in the two games, hit on 13-of-14 (92.9%) from the charity stripe and added 6.0 rebounds per game. His 34 points is the most by an NSIC player in a conference game this season. He added seven rebounds and three assists in a career-high 46 minutes against Augie, going a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. Ellisor had 16 points in the 67-61 win against Wayne State Sunday, scoring 12 points in the second half.

Ellisor leads the league in scoring with 20.9 points per game and has posted an NSIC-best 20 points or more in seven contests this season.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the fourth of the season for Ellisor and for the BSU men’s basketball team. He was also selected for the honor Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Jan. 4.

The No. 9/10 Bemidji State women’s hockey team returns to Sanford Center Jan. 13-14 to host the Ohio State University for a WCHA two-game series.  The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. each night.

At 11-4 overall, the BSU men’s basketball team is off to its best 15-game record since the 1973-74 team went 11-4. The Beavers are 6-3 in the NSIC to sit in a three-way tie for fourth. BSU is 6-0 at home this season and now open a four-game homestand that starts with St. Cloud State University Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. and Concordia University-St. Paul at 6 p.m. Jan. 14.