BSU looks to end road struggles against MSU and SMSU
Thursday, January 20, 2011
BSU looks to end road struggles against MSU and SMSU
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: Taylor Center
Live Stats:
Video: NMTV
Radio: 92.1 The River (Play by Play: Mark Ricci)
Opponent: Southwest Minnesota State University
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: Recreation and Athletics Facility
Live Stats:
Video: NMTV
Radio: 92.1 The River (Play by Play: Mark Ricci)

Minnesota State Preview
Minnesota State University enters play with an 8-7 mark (5-6 NSIC). The Mavericks lost both their games on the road last weekend falling to Northern State University and the University of Mary.

This season, Minnesota State has been led by Ali Wilkinson’s 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Wilkinson is the only Maverick currently averaging in double figures this season. Along with Wilkinson, Andrea Walsh, the Maverick’s point guard, currently is second in the conference in assists averaging nearly five per game.

The Mavericks have been solid defensively all season. In all but one of Minnesota State’s victories this season, the Mavericks have held their opponents to under 60 points.

Series History
Bemidji State picked up two victories over Minnesota State last season. The Mavericks were ranked No. 11 coming off their National Championship season a year prior in the first meeting between the two school’s last season.

Southwest Minnesota State Preview
Southwest Minnesota State University enters this weekend with a 4-11 mark (3-8 NSIC). The Mustangs are coming off a weekend split after defeating U-Mary and falling to Northern State.

Southwest Minnesota State is led offensively by Tori Fink and Abby Kenealy, both averaging in double figures so far this season. Fink comes in averaging 12.5 points per game. She is shooting 39.0 percent from beyond the arc this season. Kenealy is averaging 11.1 points per game.

Series History
Southwest Minnesota State leads the all-time series 35-29 over Bemidji State. The Mustangs won last year’s meeting against the Beavers 73-63. The Mustangs have won the last three meetings. BSU’s last victory over Southwest Minnesota State occurred on Nov. 30, 2007.

BSU Weekend Preview

The BSU women’s basketball team suffered two tough losses on the road last weekend as they stretched their road losing streak to 10 games. The Beavers will look to snap the skid against Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State over the weekend.

Colleen McKay
(Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) continues to lead BSU during the conference season. McKay is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 11 conference games this season. In addition, Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) is coming off a strong weekend where she averaged 12.5 points in two games. Althoff is averaging 8.9 points in 11 conference games.

BSU Ranked In Top 25 Nationally For Free Throws

The BSU women’s basketball maintained their No. 22 nationally this week in free-throw percentage according to the NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II. The Beavers had been No. 4 nationally but their struggles from the charity stripe against No. 21 Augustana College led to a fall in the overall free-throw rankings. Freshman Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) with an 81.3 percentage, which ranks 89th in the nation individually.

Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week

BSU has had three players honored as the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week so far this season. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) earned her second honor of the season after averaging 16 points and nine rebounds as the Beavers split with No. 21 Augustana and No. 9 Wayne State. McKay along with Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) are the three Beaver players to be honored this season.

Road Woes

Bemidji State has lost their last 10 games on the road dating back to Jan. 29, 2010 when they defeated Minnesota State at the Taylor Center, 71-69. The Beavers are 0-5 in road games this year losing their last two to Concordia, St. Paul and St. Cloud State on the road. The Beavers will look to end the streak this weekend against Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State.