Setting The Scene
Opponent: University of Minnesota Duluth
Time: 2 p.m.
Arena: BSU Gymnasium
Live Video: NMTV
Live Stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com/media/livestats/wbasketball/xlive.htm
Minnesota Duluth Preview
The Bulldogs enter play on Saturday with a 10-9 mark (8-7 NSIC). UMD is coming off a split with Northern State University and the University of Mary last weekend. Both games came down to final seconds for the Bulldogs. UMD took down U-Mary with a Lindsay Miller layup with 19 seconds remaining on Saturday but fell on a last second jumper from Northern State’s Jodi Reinschmidt on Friday.
Miller is one of three Bulldogs players averaging in double figures this season. Miller enters Saturday’s game averaging 14.8 points per game. She also leads UMD in three-point percentage shooting at a 37.4 clip. Miller is joined by 6-2 senior forward Kelsey Hewitt and 5-11 wing player Katrina Newman. Hewitt is averaging 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds while Newman is averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. The Bulldogs have outrebounded opponents by seven rebounds per game coming into Saturday. They have however struggled with ball control all season as they are averaging over 18 turnovers per game this season.
Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State 54-29. The Bulldogs captured a win earlier this season over the Beavers 99-76 at Romano Gymnasium. UMD controlled the boards 42-27 in the game and shot 61.3 percent in the first half in order to get out to an 18 point half-time lead. The Bulldogs have won the last five meetings between the two schools with BSU last defeating UMD 83-64 on Dec. 16, 2007.
Scoring - Lindsey Miller, 14.8 points per game
Rebounds - Kelsey Hewitt, 7.3 rebounds per game
Assists- Kaiya Sygulla, 3.4 assists per game
Minutes- Kelsey Hewitt, 29.9 minutes per game
Field Goal Percentage- Katie Haas, 51.1 percent
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage- Lindsay Miller, 37.4 percent
Free Throw Percentage- Shelly Stemper, 87.5 percent
Steals- Lindsey Miller, 2.2 steals per game
Blocks- Emma Van Winkle, 0.9 blocks per game
Starts- Shelly Stemper, 17 starts
Kaiya Sygulla, 17 starts
BSU Weekend Preview
The Beavers wrap up a three-game home stretch on Saturday against the UMD Bulldogs. They will look to snap a seven-game losing skid stretching back to Jan. 8 when they upset No. 21 Augustana College at BSU Gymnasium. Bemidji State has had a rough road in the new year as they are currently 1-8 in 2011. During the stretch BSU is averaging 20.9 turnovers per game and has been outrebounded by an average of eight rebounds per game.
Center Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) continues to lead Bemidji State in conference play averaging 9.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. An emerging player since the turn of the calendar has been freshman guard Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.). Lee is averaging 7.8 points per game in 2011 and has tallied four double-figure scoring outings. Prior to the new year Lee had been averaging 4.9 points per game and had no double-figure outings.
BSU Ranked In Top 20 Nationally For Free Throws
The BSU women’s basketball moved up to No. 17 nationally this week in free-throw percentage according to the NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II. The Beavers jumped four spots in the rankings after being ranked No. 21 nationally for free-throw percentage.
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.
Bemidji State has run into troubles this season when it can’t hold onto the ball. In the Beavers’ nine games this season in which they had 20 turnovers or more they have only come away with one victory and have been dealt seven losses. BSU has struggled even more to maintain control of the basketball in the new year as they are averaing 20.9 turnovers per game in 2011 and are 1-8 so far in the new year with their only victory coming in an upset victory over No. 21 Augustana College. BSU is 4-1 when they have fewer than 20 turnovers in a game.
BSU has a lot of players on the roster this season with the capability to score double-figures. That can be a good or bad thing as the Beavers have found inconsistency to be a problem this season. BSU has had eight different players lead the team in scoring and six different players lead the team on the glass this season. Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) have led the way in scoring five different times this season, which marks the most for any BSU player.
BSU Against Ranked Foes
Bemidji State has played some of their best games this season against teams ranked in the top 25. On Nov. 19 at the Maverick Classic in Mankato, Minn., the Beavers came within two points in the waning seconds against No. 19 California University (Pa.) but ultimately came short. Then last Saturday the Beavers followed up their early season performance with an upset of No. 21 Augustana College. The win is the first victory for BSU over a ranked opponent since upended defending National Champion Minnesota State University, ranked No. 11 at the time, on Dec. 19, 2009. BSU struggled in their last ranked game on Sunday as they fell to conference-leading Wayne State College, ranked No. 9 in the country.
New Year Brings Big Numbers For Lee
The new year has seen an improved Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.). Lee is averaging 7.8 points per game since the turn of the calendar year. She has tallied four double-figure scoring performances including in the Beavers’ last game against Northern State. Prior to 2011, Lee had been averaging 4.9 points per game and was held to no double-figure scoring outings.
Bemidji State has lost their last 12 games on the road dating back to Jan. 29, 2010 when they defeated Minnesota State at the Taylor Center, 71-69. The Beavers are 0-7 in road games this year losing their last two to Concordia, St. Paul and St. Cloud State on the road. The Beavers will have four more chances to end the streak this season as they have road trips against MSU Moorhead, UM-Crookston, Winona State and Upper Iowa remaining on the schedule.
Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) has shown her prowess from beyond the arc through two-and-a-half seasons in Bemidji as she currently ranks fifth all-time for career threes with 145. Epema needs 24 threes to surpass Kris DeMaris in fourth place. Epema had 56 made three-pointers as a sophomore after tallying 73 as a freshman. Her 73 made three-pointers still ranks third all-time for most made threes in a season.
Top Career Three Pointers Made
No. Made. Player Season
1. 244 Erin Walker 1997-00
2. 213 Maggie Gernbacher 2003-06
3. 212 Holly Logghe 1992-96
4. 168 Kris DeMaris 1987-91
5. 145 Sydney Epema 2008-Pr
The BSU Beavers pulled off the upset of No. 21 Augustana College 79-78 on Jan. 8 in Bemidji. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) and Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) led the Beavers over the Vikings with 18 points apiece in what was a game where the BSU team was led by a balanced attack where both outside and inside games converged to give the Beavers a victory. Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) and Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) each scored in double figures as well with 11 points.
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.
G/F 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn.
G 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn.
G 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis.
G 22 Melissa Borstner, Fr., 5-6, East Bethel, Minn.
F 23 Taylor Davis, Jr., 5-11, Crookston, Minn.
G 25 Tiffany Van Haaften, Fr., 5-8, Chaska, Minn.
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Projected Starters (Opponents)
PG 21 Kaiya Sygulla, So., 5-6, Lakeville, Minn.
SG 24 Lindsey Miller, Jr., 5-11, Wausau, Wis.
3G 32 Katrina Newman, Fr., 5-11, Barnum, Minn.
SF 22 Shelly Stemper, Jr., 6-0, Becker, Minn.
PF 42 Kelsey Hewitt, Sr., 6-2, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Top Bench Players
G 12 Courtney Doucette, So., 5-8, Colfax, Wis.
G 23 Josephine Salmon, Fr., 5-7, London, England
C 53 Emma Van Winkle, Jr., 6-5, Des Moines, Iowa
F/C 4 Katie Haas, Sr., 6-1, Oakdale, Minn.