Bilic and Best earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Bilic and Best earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Ivana Bilic and Ben Best have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Dec. 1-7.

Bilic registered five points in the BSU women’s hockey team’s sweep of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Dec. 5-6. Bilic notched a career-high four points in Friday’s 7-4 victory over Minnesota State. The four-point performance is the second-best single-game performance by a defenseman in BSU history. Bilic added an assist in the Beavers’ 2-0 victory Saturday. She also paced the team with nine blocked shots as BSU limited MSU to four goals in the series. 

Bilic ranks second nationally with 49 blocked shots and is tied for eighth in scoring by a defenseman with 13 points (3g-10a).

She was also named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.

Best totaled 22 points and a team-high 15 rebounds in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference weekend versus St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth, Dec. 5-6. Following a six-point, six-assist performance in an 88-65 loss to  SCSU Friday, the sophomore posted career-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds Saturday as the Beavers fell to UMD, 79-66. Best finished the weekend shooting 57.1 percent (8-14) from the field, 50 percent (2-4) from three-point range and was perfect from the free-throw line in four attempts. The Drummond, Wis. native added three steals, two blocks and two assists on the weekend.

Through seven games, Best is second on the team averaging 10.3 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per contest.

Now 5-2 overall and 1-2 in NSIC action, the BSU men’s basketball team will take to the road for two games before break as it travels to No. 11 Augustana College and Wayne State College, Dec. 12-13, respectively. The Beavers battle the Vikings at 8 p.m. Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D. before making the trip to Wayne, Neb. for a 6 p.m. match up with the Wildcats Saturday.

The BSU women’s hockey team (10-5-1, 6-5-1 WCHA) will make its first road trip since late October this weekend as it travels to St. Cloud State University for a two-game WCHA series. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at SCSU’s Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.