BEMIDJI, Minn. -
Setting The Scene
Opponent: University of Minnesota, Crookston
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: Lysaker Gymnasium
Live Stats: https://netfiles.umn.edu/users/bakke044/livestats/xlive.htm
Radio: Talk Radio 1360 (Mark Ricci)
Opponent: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: Alex Nemzek Hall
Live Stats: http://www.mnstate.edu/livestats/basketball/xlive.htm
Radio: Talk Radio 1360 (Mark Ricci)
Minnesota, Crookston Preview
The Golden Eagles are coming off one of their strongest weekends of the season after picking up road victories over two teams in the top half of the conference by taking down Northern State 75-66 and U-Mary 70-65. Minnesota, Crookston is currently in a tie for ninth in the conference with BSU’s other opponent this weekend, MSU Moorhead. The Golden Eagles handled the Beavers in Bemidji earlier this season with UMC holding the Beavers scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game on Dec. 4.
The Golden Eagles are led by reigning NSIC Player of the Week Jamie Zelinksy who averaged 20 points and seven rebounds in UMC’s two victories last weekend. Zelinsky tallied 17 points against the Beavers in December. The Golden Eagles had four players score in double figures against BSU earlier this season as they shot 56.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Beavers 42-33. UMC shot 50 percent from beyond the arc led by two threes apiece from Zelinsky, Bri Zabel and Gina Jaroszewski.
Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minnesota, Crookston 17-8. The Golden Eagles have captured the last three games from the Beavers with BSU last upending UMC 78-76 on Valentine’s Day in 2009. The Beavers last win in Crookston came on Feb. 10, 2008.
MSU Moorhead Preview
After opening the season 6-1, the Dragons have had a mixed bag of results as they currently sit tied for ninth in the NSIC standings. MSU Moorhead is coming off a weekend with two losses to Northern State and U-Mary. The Dragons have dropped five of their last six games with their only win coming against Minnesota, Crookston on Jan. 29.
Angie Jetvig leads MSU Moorhead averaging 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. Jetvig gave the Beavers all sorts of problems in their meeting earlier this season. Jetvig had 22 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field in the Dragons’ 74-46. MSU Moorhead shot 44.2 percent from the floor against BSU earlier this season including 37.5 percent from beyond the arc led by Betsy Dickson’s three of three performance from downtown.
BSU has losts its last five meetings to MSU Moorhead with its last victory coming Feb. 2, 2008 in Bemidji 92-91.
BSU Weekend Preview
The Beavers will look to end a 12-game road losing streak and nine-game overall losing streak when they head to face University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead this weekend. BSU has not won on the road since Jan. 29, 2010 when they defeated Minnesota State University. The Beavers have not won of the season since upending No. 21 Augustana College on Jan. 8, 2011.
BSU is led on the season by Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) averaging 9.2 points per game. Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) is right behind McKay in the scoring colum with a 9.1 points per game average. The Beavers have had a strong boost in January and February from freshman guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.). Lee is averaging 7.1 points per game since the UMD game in Duluth on Jan. 3.
BSU Ranked In Top 15 Nationally For Free Throws
The BSU women’s basketball moved up to No. 15 nationally this week in free-throw percentage according to the NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II. The Beavers jumped two in the rankings after being ranked No. 17 nationally for free-throw percentage a week prior. The Beavers men’s and women’s team make up one of four universities in the country to be ranked in the top 15 for both men and women joining Bellarmine University (Ky.), University of Nebraska Kearney and St. Cloud State University.
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 20.5 turnovers per game in 2011 and are 1-9 so far in the new year with their only victory coming in an upset victory over No. 21 Augustana College. BSU is 4-2 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 seven different players lead the team on the glass this season. Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.), Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) and Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, 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 7.1 points per game since the turn of the calendar year. She has tallied four double-figure scoring performances. 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 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn.
SG 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis.
SF 54 Jessie Althoff, So., 6-1, Becker, Minn.
PF 45 Colleen McKay, Sr., 6-0, Barnum, Minn.
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn.
G/F 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn.
G 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn.
G 21 Shannon Thompson, So. 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.
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.
Projected Starters (Opponents)
PG 4 Brittani Wiese, So., 5-7, Albertville, Minn.
SG 15 Jamie Zelinksy, Sr., 5-11, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
SF 25 Megan Eul, Jr., 5-10, Rosemount, Minn.
PF 21 Bri Zabel, Sr., 6-0, Northfield, Minn.
C 23 Laurie Tyson, So., 6-1, Rosemount, Minn.
PG 22 Haley Thomforde, Fr., 5-8, Apple Valley, Minn.
SG 21 Betsy Dickson, Sr., 5-9. Gilby, N.D.
3G 20 Brittany Mayclin, Jr., 5-7, Bemidji, Minn.
SF 13 Morgan Zabel, Fr., 5-10, Northfield, Minn.
PF 40 Angie Jetvig, Jr., 6-2, Hawley, Minn.