March 4, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – On the same day he was named first-team All-Patriot League for his efforts over the course of the season, Army senior Ella Ellis captured the Patriot League Player of the Week honor for his performance in Army’s last two regular-season games. The Houston native averaged 30.5 points per game, posting Army’s first back-to-back 30-point efforts in 16 seasons.
Ellis scored 31 points, including 23 in the second half, in the Black Knights’ 69-62 win over Holy Cross that cemented the program’s first winning record in Patriot League play and assured Army a home game in the upcoming conference tournament. He followed that with a 30-point game in an 81-75 loss at Lehigh. Ellis scored 19 of his points in the second half as Army eliminated a 16-point deficit to tie the game with less than five minutes remaining.
Ellis also averaged 4.5 rebounds per game. He shot 48.6 percent overall and was 8-for-19 from three-point range (.421). Ellis has scored at least 30 points in three of the last four games. He is the Patriot League’s second-leading scorer at 18.0 points per contest and finished the regular season with an 18.6 points per game scoring average in league play.
Only the sixth player in Army history to record multiple 500-point seasons, Ellis ranks fifth on Army’s scoring ledger (1,558). He is also fifth in the West Point record book with 190 career three-pointers. His 69 triples this season currently sit ninth on the Black Knights’ single-season ledger.
Ellis is Army’s first two-time All-Patriot League First Team selection since Mark Lueking did it three times from 1994-96.
Ellis is the first Army player to win the Patriot League Player of the Week honor since Jeremy Hence on Dec. 27, 2010. Army had three different players earn a total of seven Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificates this season.
Army hosts fifth-seeded American in the Patriot League quarterfinals Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Black Knights took both regular season meetings against the Eagles for the first time in school history.