Men No. 4, women No. 21 nationally in free throw shooting
Monday, March 7, 2011
Men No. 4, women No. 21 nationally in free throw shooting
BEMIDJI, Minn. - All season long the Bemidji State men’s basketball team has been able to hang its hat on its ability to be effective from the charity stripe. In the final regular season NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Feb. 27) the Beavers finished No. 4 with a 78.9 free throw percentage. The women’s team has been a top 25 free throw shooting team all season long and finished No. 21.

Sophomore Lance Rongstad (F, Eleva, Wis.) guided BSU (11-15, 8-14 NSIC) all season and finished as the team’s leading free throw shooter, ranking 25th in the nation with an 88.3 percentage (91-of-103) from the line. Five hundred student-athletes are nationally ranked in the individual category of free throw percentage and the Beavers finished with four players in the top 250.

The women (7-19, 4-18 NSIC) owned a 75.7 percentage from the free throw line this season to earn its spot in the nation. To be ranked individually a student-athlete must make 2.5 free throws per game. No BSU players accomplished the mark, but four players with more than 30 attempts finished with an 80 percent for better mark from the line, led by freshman Morgan Lee’s (G, Hayward, Wis.) 86 percent, leading the team in makes (49) and attempts (57).

Leading the country on the men’s side was Findlay University with an 81.1 mark and the women’s national leader was Ashland University at a 79.0 clip.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).