Basketball squads ranked in top 15 for free throw percentage
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Basketball squads ranked in top 15 for free throw percentage
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s basketball team maintained their No. 2 ranking in the nation, according to the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Feb. 6). BSU is one of four universities with both men’s and women’s teams ranked among the top 15 schools nationally joining Bellarmine University (Ky.), St. Cloud State University and University of Nebraska Kearney. The women’s team has been a top 25 free throw shooting team all season long and moved up two spots this week from No. 17 to No. 15.

The Beaver men (7-13, 4-12 NSIC) shot 85 percent from the line last weekend to improve to a 79.7 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 89.7 percent (61-of-68).

The women (5-15, 2-14 NSIC) are currently 75.5 percent from the line after shooting 66.7 percent against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. 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. Five Beaver players currently boast a free throw percentage above the 80 percent mark led by Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) who has connected on 18 of 22 free throws to shoot at a 81.8 percent clip.

Leading the country on the men’s side is Augusta State University (Ga.) with an 80.8 mark and the women’s national leader is Southeastern Oklahoma shooting 78.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The men’s and women’s teams travel to University of Minnesota, Crookston on Feb. 11 and Minnesota State University Moorhead on Feb. 12. Both doubleheader dates will begin with the women playing at 6 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).