BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women's basketball is back in the comfort of BSU Gymnasium, Feb. 6-7, as it plays host to Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls. Game times are set for 6 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
The weekends games have been designated as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) "It's A Slam Dunk, Don't Drive Drunk" campaign. During the games, BSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members will be collecting signatures from fans pledging not to drive drunk. Pledge stickers and window decals will be handed out to fans that pledge to join in this initiative. The institution, which collects the most pledges, and the institution with the greatest percentage of pledges based on total attendance will each receive a check for $500 that will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- The Beavers are 32-39 all-time against Southwest Minnesota State University entering the weekend matchup, dating back to 1978. BSU is 3-2 in the last five meetings against the Mustangs, earning its last win during the 2012-13 season with a 57-52 victory, Feb. 1, 2013.
- Sioux Falls and Bemidji State have only met three times in their all-time series dating back to Jan. 5, 1986. The Cougars lead 2-1. Since the Cougars made the transition to the NSIC, BSU has fallen in the last two meetings with its last an 82-73 loss, Feb. 1, 2014.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers (5-15, 2-13 NSIC) ended their road stint with two losses as they fell in a battle to Winona State University, 65-63, and to Upper Iowa University, 74-56.
- The Beavers battled hard against the Warriors holding a lead for just over 15 minutes of the game and kept a tie game for just under seven minutes last weekend.
- Mikayla Larson tallied her first collegiate start against Winona State last weekend as she scored seven points going 3-of-5 from the floor, including one three-point shot.
- From the foul line at Winona State, the Beavers were a perfect 9-for-9 for its best free throw percentage of the season. BSU now ranks 10th in the league for free throw percentage (.732).
- Aimee Pelzer paced the Beavers at Upper Iowa as she shot 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc to score 14 points. Pelzer was an all around player, pulling down a team-high seven boards, three assists, two blocks and two steals in the loss.
- Redshirt freshman Sierra Senske leads BSU on the season averaging 15.0 points per contest and now ranks 10th among the NSIC top scorers.
- Senske is shooting a team-best 51.2 percent from the field, which is also fifth in the NSIC, and is 74.3 percent (101-136) from the foul line. She is also leading BSU’s rebounding efforts with a 5.7 per game average and in blocks with 15.
- As a team, the Beavers are shooting 39.8 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent beyond the arc.
- The Beavers have now gone three straight games committing only 11 turnovers. BSU has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.9 to rank 10th in the NSIC rankings.
Scouting Southwest Minn. State
- The Mustangs come to Bemidji with a 3-17 overall record and a 3-13 mark in league action as they split a home weekend Jan. 30-31. SMSU fell to St. Cloud State University, 68-60, and then took down University of Minnesota Duluth, 71-68.
- Leading SMSU on the season is Annessa Rosch with a 12.3 scoring average, while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
- Rosch is dishing out 3.3 assists a game for a total 65 this season and contributes to the squad’s seventh place ranking in the NSIC for steals with a 1.6 average for the teams 7.2 per game.
- Following close behind in scoring is Lauren Hedlund with an 11.2 average, shooting a team-best 46.4 percent from the floor.
- The Mustangs are currently shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Scouting Sioux Falls
- Sioux Falls comes into the weekend holding a 14-6 overall record and a 10-6 conference mark.
- Last weekend, the Cougars split at home as they fell to Minnesota Duluth, 70-65, Friday but prevailed in Saturday’s game against St. Cloud State, 71-48.
- Jaicee Ulmer is the Cougars’ leader scoring 12.2 points per contest with a season total of 244.
- Ulmer is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and is second on the team in three-point shooting with a 43.7 percentage. Her three-point shooting ranks her third in the conference.
- As a team, Sioux Falls is outshooting its opponents to rank seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.408) and fourth from beyond the arc (.350).
- Amongst the NSIC’s top-10, the Cougars rank second in rebounding margin (+5.5), third in blocked shots (4.5), fourth in scoring (72.2) and tied for eighth in steals (7.2).