Eisenhardt Nets NWC Weekly Honor for Men's Basketball

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It took sophomore transfer Ben Eisenhardt relatively little time to make his mark with the Whitman College men's basketball team.

                          Ben Eisenhardt
                                            Photo by Greg Lehman

Eisenhardt, a mobile 6-foot-10 forward who joined the Missionary roster at the semester break, started his first games last weekend and shot his way to Northwest Conference Student-Athlete-of-the-Week honors.

Eisenhardt is the second member of the men's team to be named NWC Student Athlete of the Week this season. David Michaels, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, was so honored in late November.

Making his first start Friday night against Linfield, Eisenhardt erupted for 28 points, six rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes on the floor.

He made 10 of 18 field goal attempts, including one of three shots from the 3-point line. He also knocked down seven of eight free throws.

After Whitman squeezed by Linfield by two points, the Missionaries systematically dismantled Pacific on Saturday with eight players scoring anywhere from five to 15 points. Eisenhardt chipped in with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.

For the weekend, Eisenhardt averaged 18 points. 5.5 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 50 percent (14-28 fg) from the floor.

Eisenhardt, who played his high school ball on Washington's Bainbridge Island, transferred to Whitman after one season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

With its two weekend victories, Whitman moved into a three-way tie for second place in the NWC.

The Missionaries play Whitworth at 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) in Spokane and then finish the first half of the NWC season at Willamette (Salem, Ore.) on Saturday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu