Men’s hoops jump two spots to No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Men’s hoops jump two spots to No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s basketball team upped its free throw percentage just 0.1 of a percent last weekend, but jumped two spots to No. 3 nationally in the category, according to the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Jan. 23). The women’s team has been a top 25 free throw shooting team all season long and moved up a spot from No. 22 to No. 21.

The Beaver men (7-10, 4-9 NSIC) shot 79.2 percent from the line last weekend to improve to a 78.4 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 36th in the nation, shooting 87.5 percent (49-of-56).

The women (5-12, 2-11 NSIC) own a 75.4 percentage from the free throw line this season to sit No. 21 in the nation. Freshman Ellie Wessling (F, Winsted, Minn.) is shooting free throws at a 81.5 clip to lead the team and sit 87th in the country.

Leading the country on the men’s side is Augusta State University (Ga.) with an 80.6 mark and the women’s national leader is Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-foe Winona State University at a 79.3 clip.

The men’s and women’s teams host University of Mary and Northern State University Jan. 28-29. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 6 p.m., while tip-off for Saturday is slated for 4 p.m.

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