BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team is set to host its first ever basketball games at Sanford Center in Bemidji. The Beavers will host Minnesota State University-Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul Jan. 16-17 with games scheduled for 6 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
- In the all-time series against Minnesota State, it is the Mavericks with a 28-13 edge and in the last five meetings is 4-1. BSU’s last victory came Jan. 20, 2012 where they took down the Mavericks in a 72-71 nail biter.
- Concordia-St. Paul enters the weekend action with the Beavers holding a 26-12 all-time record, dating back to 1978. In the last meeting, the Beavers defeated the Golden Bears 52-49 Feb. 15, 2014.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers went 1-2 last week as they defeated Valley City State (Jan. 6) 73-54 and then fell in their NSIC weekend at Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 9) 78-65 and at St. Cloud State (Jan. 10) 61-55.
- Tying a career-high for the third time with 11 points was Allison Cordes at Valley City State, which she shot a season-best from the field 71.4 percent (5-7).
- Sierra Senske paced the Beavers offense to victory over Valley City State recording a new career-high 25 points before charting 17 points going 7-of-14 from the field at St. Cloud State.
- Senske has now led the Beavers’ scoring eight times this season with her 17 points against St. Cloud State.
- Hanna Zerr led the Beavers’ rebounding effort with a season-high seven boards and led in assists tying a season-best six against Valley City State.
- Afton Kuehndorf was the Beavers standout from the bench against Minnesota Duluth, charting a career-high 14 points in 19 minutes of action. She led the offense from three-range going 2-for-2.
- Tatum Sheley led the squad with eight rebounds to tie a career-best against SCSU.
- As a team, Bemidji State averages 65.9 points a game and are shooting just shy of 41% from the field, including 28% from behind the arc.
- BSU averages 36.1 rebounds a game and dishes out 14 assists a game. The Beavers hold an assist/turnover ratio of 0.9 to rank in the league’s top 10.
- The Beavers are led by redshirt-freshman center Sierra Senske, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding. Senske averages 14.4 points and 5.9 boards a game. She also shoots 56% from the field, which places her second in the NSIC for field-goal percentage.
Scouting Minnesota State
- The Mavericks split a pair of road games against south division foes then-No. 19 Wayne State and Augustana last weekend, as MSU now stands at 10-4 and 7-2 in conference play.
- Senior forward Lexie Ulfers, ranks third in the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 55 percent (71-129) and leads the Mavericks’ scoring with 12.7 points per game.
- After posting 14 more rebounds this past weekend, senior forward Lexie Ulfers currently ranks sixth in the NSIC in rebounds per game with 7.6 a game.
- After notching seven more blocks this past weekend, including a career-high six blocks against Augustana on Saturday, senior forward Lexie Ulfers currently sits in third in the NSIC in block shots per game with 2.0.
- Sophomore guard Sammie Delzotto is second on the team in scoring with a 12.1 points per game average, shooting 40.7 percent (59-145) from the field and 37.8 percent (14-37) from beyond the arc.
- Senior guard Aubrey Davis finds herself currently second in the NSIC and leading the Mavericks in assists per game with 4.1.
- MSU is ranked high in a few categories including fourth in assists (15.5 APG), fifth in the league for scoring (72.1 PPG), fifth in three-point percentage (34.8%) and sixth in steal (7.6 SPG).
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- The Golden Bears enter the weekend with an 8-7 overall record and hold a 4-5 mark in NSIC action.
- Concordia-St. Paul is on a two-game slide after falling last weekend at Augustana (Jan. 9) 76-62 and at Wayne State (Jan. 10) 85-76.
- Anika Whiting leads the Golden Bears as she is averaging 15.3 points a game and in rebounds with a 7.7 average.
- Whiting is shooting 41.4 percent (82-198) from the field and 69.6 percent (64-92) from the charity stripe.
- CSP leads the NSIC in blocked shots recording 5.7 blocks per game, first in defensive rebounds with a 32.0 average and ranks fifth in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.1 rating.