BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team will face its first test of the preseason on Thursday as they host Jamestown College at 7 p.m., at the BSU Gymnasium. The game will serve as the first of two exhibitions for the Beavers before tipping off the regular season on Nov. 16 against Mayville State University on their home court. Admission for fans wishing to attend Thursday’s contest will be free.
BSU comes into Thursday’s contest with most of their roster intact from a season ago. The Beavers return four of five starters from their 2009-10 team including leading scorers Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) and Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.). Althoff, a NSIC All-Freshman team selection, averaged 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in her initial season for the green and white. Epema averaged 9.7 points per game and led the team with 56 three pointers. BSU also returns seniors Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) and Colleen McKay (C, Barnum, Minn.). Hebrink started 23 of 27 games for the Beavers after transferring from Riverland Community College. She averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. McKay averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior. Both seniors are expected to step up as team leaders for BSU’s relatively young squad in 2010-11.
Jamestown College, the defending Dakota Athletic Conference champion, is coming off a 26-7 record a season ago. The Jimmies advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament before losing to Iowa Wesleyan College. They are coached by first-year head coach Greg Ulland who returns to his alma mater Jamestown College after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota.
The Beavers will wrap up their preseason slate with a road meeting against Division I South Dakota State University on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., in Brookings, S.D. The Jackrabbits, who have made appearances in the last two NCAA Division I tournaments, will host two NSIC teams in exhibitions this preseason. South Dakota State will face St. Cloud State on Sun., Oct. 31 at Frost Arena before facing the Beavers on Nov. 4.