BSU opens season with home tilt against Mayville State on Tuesday
Monday, November 15, 2010
BSU opens season with home tilt against Mayville State on Tuesday


Location: Bemidji, Minn.

Arena: BSU Gymnasium

Time: 7 p.m.

Opponent: Mayville State University

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Opponent Preview

Mayville State University comes into Tuesday’s meeting with Bemidji State with an 0-3 overall record. The Comets are led by junior college point guard Eli Cosme-Gonzalez who tallied a Mayville State record 39 points against Hastings College the last time out for the Comets. Along with Cosme-Gonzalez, the Mayville State starting lineup includes four other newcomers to the program with two freshman and three junior college transfers currently starting.

Freshman Hailey Longtin comes in averaging 10.00 points and sophomore Laura Taylor is coming off the bench for 11.33 points per game.

BSU Game Preview

The Beavers begin regular-season play on Tuesday against Mayville State University after going 0-2 in exhibition play. Despite the losses to Jamestown College and South Dakota State University, the Beavers found optimism in their preseason efforts. Against SDSU BSU held the Division I NCAA tournament regulars at bay in the first half with a strong defensive effort.

New Faces

Several newcomers have showed promise so far in exhibition play. Melissa Borstner (G, East Bethel, Minn.) had a strong performance against Jamestown College with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Borstner is looking to help fill a void at point guard. Thus far Borstner and sophomore Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, MInn.) look to be the favorites at the spot.

Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) is another player that has shown potential throughout the preseason. Wessling led the Beavers in scoring against South Dakota State with 10 points and also grabbed six rebounds in the effort. Wessling is a versatile player who can play the two, three or four.

Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.), a 6-2 post for BSU, has been able to control the boards inside in the preseason. Warmack will be key for the Beavers this season as they look for another option inside to spell Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) with the season-ending injury to Emily Kaus (So., C, Eagan, Minn.). Warmack brought down seven rebounds against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State.

Senior Leadership

Look for seniors McKay and Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) to have strong seasons in their final year in the green and white. Hebrink has already shown a level of consistency in exhibition play notching double figures in both contests with 10 against SDSU and 14 vs. Jamestown College. McKay had a strong game against the Jimmies coming up one point and one rebound shy of a double-double but was neutralized against the Jackrabbits with only two points and two rebounds.

Projected Starters

Bemidji State

PG 21 Shannon Thompson, So., 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.

SG 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn.

3G 5 Samantha Baldwin, Jr., 5-7, St. Thomas, N.D.

PF 54 Jessie Althoff, So., 6-1, Becker, Minn.

C 45 Colleen McKay, Sr., 6-0, Barnum, Minn.

Mayville State

PG 23 Eli Cosme-Gonzalez, Jr., 5-7, Denver, Colo.

SG 22 Kay Laforet, Fr., 5-7, LaSalle, Ontario

3G 24 Hailey Longtin, Fr., 5-5, Walhalla, N.D.

SF 40 Danielle Jackson, Jr., 5-10, Detroit, Mich.

PF 31 Kira DeMorales, Jr., 6-0, Hilo, Hawaii