Setting The Scene
Location: BSU Gymnasium
Time: 6 p.m.
Opponent: Winona State University
Location: BSU Gymnasium
Time: 4 p.m.
Opponent: Upper Iowa University
Winona State Preview
Coach Scott Ballard has the warriors off to their best start in school history as Winona State University will enter BSU Gymnasium on Friday with an unblemished 5-0 mark and a 1-0 record in NSIC play. The Warriors are led by the sharp shooting of Katie Wolff, who is currently averaging 16 points per game. Wolff comes into Friday’s game shooting 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. In addition to Wolff, Winona State will look to 6-0 forward Michelle McDonald who is currently averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game. Senior forward Natalie Gigler also comes into Friday averaging in double figures (11.8 points per game).
Winona State has wins over Upper Iowa University, Saint Mary’s University, Clarke College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Oklahoma Panhandle State University entering the weekend.
Bemidji State leads the all-time series with Winona State 38-28. The Beavers and Warriors split last years meetings with BSU upending Winona State 79-69 on the road and falling 78-67 to the Warriors at BSU Gymnasium.
Upper Iowa Preview
The Peacocks are under the leadership of new coach Carol Russell, who arrives from Nebraska Kearney where she led the Lopers to five NCAA tournament appearances in eight seasons. Upper Iowa enters Saturday with an 0-5 mark. The Peacocks lost to Winona State 89-58 to open conference play last sweekend. Upper Iowa is led by senior center Cassandra Deiters and her 12.6 points per game. Junior Heidi McKean has chipped in 11.2 points per game.
BSU currently has the upper hand against Upper Iowa with a 7-3 lead in the all-time series with the Peacocks. The Beavers won their only meeting with Upper Iowa last season 78-76 in Fayette, Iowa.
BSU Weekend Preview
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team enters play on Friday with a 3-3 mark after picking up an 83-31 victory over the College of St Scholastica on Wednesday led by Samantha Baldwin’s (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Baldwin continues to be one of the most consistent players for BSU. The 5-7 guard is currently averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds through five games. She has tallied double-figure scoring on four occasions this season. In addition to Baldwin, the Beavers have had strong play from freshmen Melissa Borstner (G, East Bethel, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.), along with sophomore Jessie Althoff. Borstner and Wessling are the team’s leading scorers entering Friday with a 10.8 per game average. Althoff is currently averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds.
The Beavers are 0-2 in nonconference play after struggling against MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston last weekend. BSU failed to score a basket for the first seven minutes of the contest against the Golden Eagles.
Baldwin a Double-Figure Machine
Samantha Baldwin tallied only one double-figure scoring outing last season for the Beavers with 10 points against U-Mary. However, Baldwin has become a new player of sorts thus far in the 2010-11 season. She has tallied double-figure scoring if four-of-six games and tallied her first career double-double against the College of St. Scholastica. Baldwin scored in double figures in seven games as a freshman. Her 13 rebounds against CSS marks the third time in her career she has grabbed over 10 rebounds.
BSU Defeats CSS, 83-31
The Bemidji State Beavers dominated play on Wednesday ending the night with a 83-31 victory over the College of St. Scholastica. The 52-point victory marked the first win by over 50 points since since upending the University of Minnesota Morris by 58 points on Feb. 22, 2003. The 31 points by St. Scholastica marks the lowest scoring output for a BSU opponent in a Beaver victory since giving up 35 points to St. Catharine’s during the 1984-85 season.
PG 22 Melissa Borstner, Fr., 5-6, East Bethel, Minn., 11.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
SG 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn., 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
3G 5 Samantha Baldwin, Jr., 5-7, St. Thomas, N.D., 9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
SF 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn., 11.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg
PF 54 Jessie Althoff, So., 6-1, Becker, Minn., 7.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
G 21 Shannon Thompson, So., 5-7, Rosemount, Minn., 4.2 ppg, 3.4 apg
C 45 Colleen McKay, Sr., 6-0, Barnum, Minn., 5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn., 3.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F 23 Taylor Davis, Jr., 5-10, Crookston, Minn., 3.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis., 4.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn., 1.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G/F 11 Alicia Underwood, Fr., 5-10, Colton, S.D., 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Projected Starters (Opponents)
PG 12 Afton Glander, Sr., 5-4, Alma, Wis., 4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg
SG 13 Katie Wolff, So., 5-6, Marshfield, Wis., 16.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
3G 3 Beth Alberson, RFr., 5-7, Tony, Wis., 8.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg
SF 21 Natalie Gigler, Sr., 6-0, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg
PF 44 Michelle McDonald, Jr., 6-0, Johnsburg, Ill, 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
PG 14 Lana Otting, Jr., 5-9, Cascade, Iowa, 7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
SG 21 Heidi McKean, Jr., 5-8 Cissna Park, Ill., 11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg
3G 30 Jeri Jacobson, Jr., 5-8, Riverton, Wyo., 6.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
PF 32 Cassandra Deiters, Sr., 6-3, Breese, Ill., 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
C 55 Lyndsay Westgaard, So., 6-2, Big Lake, Minn., 3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg