BSU men No. 5 nationally in free throw percentage; women No. 22
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
BSU men No. 5 nationally in free throw percentage; women No. 22
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A strong weekend from the charity stripe from the Bemidji State men’s basketball team moved the Beavers from No. 7 nationally to No. 5, according to the latest  NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (as of Jan. 16). The women’s team has been in the top 25 all season long and remains No. 22.

The Beaver men (7-8, 4-7 NSIC) shot 83.3 percent from the line last weekend to improve to a 78.3 mark for the season. Five hundred student-athletes are nationally ranked in the individual category of free throw percentage and BSU has five players in the top 400. Sophomore Lance Rongstad (F, Eleva, Wis.) leads the team and ranks 15th in the nation, shooting 90.0 percent (45-of-50).

The women (5-10, 2-9 NSIC) own a 75.6 percentage from the free throw line this season to sit No. 22 in the nation for the second consecutive week. Freshman Ellie Wessling (F, Winsted, Minn.) is shooting free throws at a 81.3 clip to lead the team and sit 89th in the country.

Leading the country on the men’s side is Nebraska-Kearney with an 80.6 mark and the women’s national leader is Lake Superior State at a 80.0 clip.

The men’s and women’s teams travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 21-22, respectively. Tip off on both nights are set for 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).