BEMIDJI, Minn. -- As the first days of December hit the calendar, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team opens the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University. The Beavers (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) open conference play at 6 p.m. at the Bulldogs Friday, Dec. 2 followed by the weekend finale at 4 p.m. at the Huskies Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Series vs. Minnesota Duluth
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth meet for the 98th time in the series history, led by UMD 68-29. The Bulldogs swept the Beavers in the 2015-16 season series. UMD first won 81-79 in triple overtime in Duluth, Minn., followed by a 63-55 win in Bemidji, Minn. Junior center Seirra Senske averaged 19.5 points per game and senior guard Aimee Pelzer averaged 17.5 points between the two games.
The Series vs. St. Cloud State
- Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will play in the 53rd game of the series, led by SCSU 64-39. After a 64-38 loss to the Huskies in the second NSIC game of 2015-16, the Beavers took a 79-74 win at Sanford Center to split the season series versus SCSU. Senske and senior guard Tatum Sheley each scored 22 points in the win while Senske led BSU with 13 points in the loss.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State closed its non-conference schedule Nov. 26 with an 85-31 win at home against Crown College. It was the second time in the series the two had met, with BSU winning both games by a margin of at least 54 points.
- The Beavers held the Storm to single-digit scoring as a team in each quarter, with an exception of 11 points allowed in the third. After leading Crown 8-7 with 4:45 to go in the first quarter, Bemidji State went on an 8-1 run to enter the second with a 16-8 lead. BSU totaled 30 points in the paint en route to holding a 36-14 halftime lead. The Beavers opened the second half on a 12-0 run before eventually holding a 50-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Crown allowed 26 points off 14 turnovers in the second half.
- BSU set season highs with 51.5 percent shooting from the field and 45 rebounds. The Beavers also took advantage of 29 total Storm turnovers by converting them into 41 points.
- Senske was one rebound shy of a double-double, as she finished with a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds. She scored 10 points in the first quarter and 17 in the first half. Senske finished the game shooting 10-of-12 shooting from the field and grabbed four offensive boards.
- Sheley was the only other Beaver to reach double-digit scoring with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. She, along with Pelzer and freshman guard Erica Gartner, led BSU with three steals each.
- Pelzer, along with guards Hanna and Haley Zerr, each recorded nine points. Pelzer led the team with five assists to go along with her three steals. Hanna Zerr totaled five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
- All 16 Beavers on the roster saw time on the court against the Storm.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 810 points after Saturday’s game. Senske follows in second with 770.
- Senior guard Allison Cordes and Hanna Zerr each recorded career highs in rebounds against the Bulldogs and Huskies during the first matchup against each in last year’s series. Cordes recorded nine rebounds against UMD on Dec. 5 while Zerr also grabbed nine rebounds against SCSU on Dec. 6.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth enters the opening weekend of full NSIC action with a 1-3 overall record and 0-1 mark in conference play. The Bulldogs have lost their three games by a margin of 15.3 points per game.
- UMD most recently fell to St. Cloud State, 84-65, on Nov. 26 in St. Cloud, Minn., in its conference opener. After holding an 8-7 lead six minutes into the game, the Bulldogs allowed the Huskies to go on an 11-3 run to finish the opening quarter. SCSU pulled away and held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.
- The Bulldogs shot 36.2 percent from the field while allowing the Huskies to shoot 46.4 percent. SCSU also out-rebounded UMD, 42-33, and converted on 17 second chance points.
- Sophomore guard Sammy Kozlowski led the Bulldogs with 12 points and freshman forward Josie Buckley followed off the bench with 11 points. Koszlowski also led the team with eight assists and six rebounds.
- Minnesota Duluth ranks 13th in the NSIC in scoring offense with 58.0 points per game and 11th in scoring defense with 67.5 points allowed per game. The Bulldogs rank 15th in field goal percentage, shooting 34.0 percent, and 11th in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 44.4 percent shooting. UMD ranks 13th in the league in rebounding offense with 34.8 boards per game and 12th in rebounding defense with 39.5 rebounds allowed per game.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State enters the weekend with a 3-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in the NSIC. The Huskies have won two consecutive, including its most recent game at home versus the Bulldogs, 84-65.
- The Huskies outshot the Bulldogs and beat them in battles for points in the paint, points off turnovers and second chance points. SCSU kept ahead of UMD, shooting 47.2 percent from the field in the first half and 45.5 percent in the second half.
- Two Huskies finished the game with at least 20 points while another added 16. Senior guard Chelsea Nooker led SCSU with 24 points while fellow senior guard Betsy MacDonald followed with 22 points. The duo totaled 15 of SCSU’s 42 rebounds.
- St. Cloud State leads the NSIC in scoring offense with 81.7 points per game and ranks 13th in scoring defense with 73.3 points allowed per game. The Huskies rank second in field goal percentage, shooting 45.7 percent, and 12th in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to 44.6 percent shooting. SCSU averages about 11 3-point field goals per game and ranks second in the league while shooting 38.4 percent from behind the arc. St. Cloud State ranks 14th in rebounding offense with 33.7 rebounds per game and fifth in rebounding defense with 34.6 rebounds allowed per game.
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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).