BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team is set to hit the road for Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchups against University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University Jan. 9-10. Game times are set for 6 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
- In the all-time series that dates back to 1968, the Beavers trail the Bulldogs with a 29-65 record. BSU looks to snap a 13-game losing streak with its last win coming Dec. 16, 2007. Earlier this season the Bulldogs defeated BSU at home by a score of 88-67.
- St. Cloud State holds a 34-15 all-time record against the Beavers including a win earlier this season in Bemidji, 76-51. BSU took a 99-82 win Dec. 6, 2013 for its last victory over the Huskies.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers are coming off their final nonconference game of the season at Valley City State University Tuesday evening where BSU rolled past the Vikings with a 73-54 victory.
- Sierra Senske paced the Beavers offense over Valley City State recording a new career-high 25 points. Senske added five rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes of action. She now holds a 13.8 scoring average to rank 10th in the league and lead the Beavers.
- Senske also charted an outstanding number at the free throw line going 11-for-13.
- Aimee Pelzer racked up 18 points in the win over the Vikings and added five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
- Tying a career-high for her third time with 11 points was Allison Cordes, which she shot a season-best from the field 71.4 percent (5-7).
- Hanna Zerr led the Beavers’ rebounding effort with a season-high seven boards and led in assists tying a season-best six.
- BSU outshot the Vikings from the floor with a 51 percent rating and from beyond the arch with a 27.8 rating.
- The Beavers enter the weekend shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 27.3 from three-point range. BSU is doing well at the line compared to its opponents with a 70.1 percent rating while opponents are 68.8 percent from the line when playing the Beavers.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- The Bulldogs come into the weekend holding a 5-7 overall record and a 3-5 mark in NSIC action. Last weekend, UMD was swept by Concordia University, St. Paul (Jan. 2) 75-70 and Minnesota State University-Mankato (Jan. 3) 76-57.
- Taylor Meyer paces the Bulldogs’ offense scoring 17.7 points per game (212) to also rank her third in the NSIC. She is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three range.
- Meyer also leads the squad in rebounding with 9.0 rebounds per game, including a total 72 defensive boards. With her average she ranks third among the league-best.
- Jessica Newman and Danielle Flood follow in scoring with 12.3 and 12.1 points per game, respectively.
- As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 37 percent from the field and 32.3 from beyond the arc. UMD has been performing well at the free throw line with a 74.7 rating on the season and ranks sixth in the conference. Meyer leads at the charity stripe for UMD going 53-of-63.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- The Huskies enter into the weekend 9-3 overall and 5-3 in conference play. SCSU is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll as of Jan. 6.
- SCSU is coming off a two-game slide after being swept last weekend by Minnesota State Mankato (Jan. 2) 91-78 and by Concordia-St. Paul (Jan. 3) 83-80.
- Leading the Huskies is Lexy Petermann with 16.8 points per game (202). Petermann charted a career-high 49 points against Mayville State University (Dec. 30) and added nine rebounds.
- Petermann ranks fifth in the NSIC for scoring with her 16.8 PPG.
- Betsy MacDonald is second in the conference with a 2.3 assists to turnover ratio and leads the Huskies in assists with a 3.4 average.
- The Huskies are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and outshooting their opponents from beyond the arc with a 36.9 rating. SCSU is performing well at the free throw line as well with a 72.4 shooting percentage.
- In the league, SCSU is ranked second in turnover margin (+6.33), third in three-point percentage (36.9%), third in steals (10.2 SPG), fifth in scoring (73.8 PPG) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).