BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program begins the 2016-17 regular season Saturday, Nov. 12 as Mayville State University enters BSU Gymnasium. Head Coach Chelsea DeVille beings her second season with scheduled tip off between the Beavers and Comets set for 6 p.m.
- Bemidji State and Mayville State meet for the 37th game in the series history.
- The Beavers have won the last 10 meetings, including an 82-61 victory in the most recent matchup Nov. 17, 2015.
- Aimee Pelzer led the Beavers with 23 points in the game while Sierra Senske added 18, Tatum Shelly had 11 and Hanna Zerr had 10 points. All four leading scorers in the game return for their senior seasons in 2016-17.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State returns six student-athletes who rotated in the starting lineup last season, while returning nine letterwinners in total. Seven newcomers join the Beavers, including three junior transfers and four true freshmen.
- Bemidji State finished the 2015-16 season with a 7-20 record overall and 3-19 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
- Bemidji State began the 2016-17 with an exhibition against North Dakota State University last weekend.
- The Beavers fell to the Bison 79-59 and senior guard Tatum Sheley led the team with 18 points. Sierra Senske followed with 14 points and eight rebounds while Hanna Zerr added 11 points. Senior guard Allison Cordes led the team with three assists and four steals.
- The Beavers outscored the Bison 37-33 in the game’s final two periods.
- DeVille begins her second season at the helm while improving BSU’s win total during year one. DeVille brought on first-year assistant coach Jamie Majerowicz while assistant coach Clint Neumann returns for his second season.
- Cordes and Pelzer and junior center Sierra Senske were selected as the 2016-17 team captains.
- Cordes started 10 of 27 games played in last season and averaged 24.4 minutes per game. She ranked third on the team with 65 assists and 23 steals while adding 4.1 points per game.
- Pelzer led the Beavers in several categories including scoring (13.1 ppg), points (353), 3-point percentage (.399), 3-pointers made (63), rebounds (5.7 rpg), assists (93), steals (46) and blocks (20). She started all 27 games last season and 54 games in her career, second only to senior guard Hanna Zerr with 80 starts in 81 games.
- Senske started all 27 games and led the team in field goal percentage (.459). She tied the team lead in rebounds (5.7 rpg) and ranked third in scoring (12.5 ppg). Senske was chosen as the NSIC Freshman of the Year following the 2014-15 season.
- All three captains, along with senior guard Tatum Sheley, were named to the 2015-16 NSIC All-Academic Team.
- The Beavers finished 2015-16 ranked third in the NSIC in 3-point shooting, converting 34.5 percent from behind the arc.
Scouting Mayville State
- Saturday’s game will be the fifth game for the Comets who competes in the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
- The Comets are 2-3 this season and went 0-2 last weekend against Dordt College and Northwestern College.
- Naomi Torgerson leads the Comets in scoring through the team’s first five games and averages 16.7 points per game. Andi Gayner adds 16.4 ppg and leads the team with 39 rebounds.
- As a team, the Comets shoot .381 percent from the field, .234 from three-point range and average 68.2 points per game.
- The Comets are second to last in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) by averaging 21.2 turnovers per game.
- Mayville State introduces nine new student-athletes into their 2016-17 roster
- Head Coach Dennis Hutter is in his 11th season with the Comets and coached them to 16-13 record last season.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).