BSU men slotted No. 2 nationally in free throw percentage
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
BSU men slotted No. 2 nationally in free throw percentage
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s basketball team upped its free throw percentage 1.1 percent from a week prior in order to jump a spot to No. 2 in the nation, according to the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Jan. 30). The women’s team has been a top 25 free throw shooting team all season long and moved up four spots from No. 21 to No. 17.

The Beaver men (7-12, 4-11 NSIC) shot 88.9 percent from the line last weekend to improve to a 79.5 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 16th in the nation, shooting 89.7 percent (61-of-68).

The women (5-14, 2-13 NSIC) own a 75.8 percentage from the free throw line this season to sit No. 17 in the nation. No BSU women’s basketball player has enough makes (2.5 per game) to earn a spot among the top individual free throw shooters in the nation. Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) currently leads the team shooting 85.0 percent from the charity stripe (17-of-20). Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) is shooting 84.4 percent from the line (27-of-32).

Leading the country on the men’s side is Augusta State University (Ga.) with an 80.2 mark and the women’s national leader is Southeastern Oklahoma shooting at a 78.9 percent clip.

The men’s and women’s teams host University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 5 at BSU Gymnasium. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. with the women and concluded with a 4 p.m. meeting between the two men’s programs.

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