BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program tips off the return to Bemidji, Minn., with Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division matchups against St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth at Sanford Center. The Beavers (3-8, 0-7 NSIC) first host the Huskies (6-6, 4-4 NSIC) Friday at 6 p.m. followed by the Bulldogs (8-4, 6-2 NSIC) Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Series vs. St. Cloud State
- Bemidji State hosts St. Cloud State in the 54th game of the series, led by SCSU, 37-16. The Beavers play the Huskies for the second consecutive season at Sanford Center in Bemidji after a 79-74 win by BSU Jan. 10, 2016.
- St. Cloud State won the first meeting versus Bemidji State during the 2016-17 season, 111-107, in double overtime. Senior guard Allison Cordes sank two free throws to give BSU an 88-86 lead late, but two free throws by SCSU sent the game to overtime. The Huskies began the second overtime with a 7-2 run and held off the Beavers over the final 3:41 of double overtime.
- Senior guard Tatum Sheley set a previous career-high 26 points against the Huskies and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer recorded her first double-double of the season and third of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Series vs. Minnesota Duluth
- BSU and UMD meet for the 99th game in the series, led by UMD, 69-29. The Bulldogs won last season at Sanford Center versus the Beavers, 63-55.
- Minnesota Duluth won the first matchup against Bemidji State this season, 82-73, in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers outscored the Bulldogs, 42-39, in the second half but were put in a hole following the second quarter. UMD outscored BSU in the second quarter, 25-14.
- Pelzer led BSU with 19 points and five assists, while adding six rebounds and two steals. Senior guard Hanna Zerr scored 13 points, two shy of her season high, while junior center Sierra Senske recorded 17 points.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was sent home with two losses after trips to Upper Iowa University and No. 16 Winona State University its last time out. BSU first lost, 65-60, to the Peacocks before falling, 76-66, to the No. 16 Warriors.
- BSU shot 32.8 percent from the field against UIU, but battled back in the second half to take a game-high four-point lead, 39-35, with 3:33 to play in the third quarter. The Peacocks went on a 12-3 run to end the third quarter and begin the fourth. UIU went up six points although BSU came back to take the lead twice more. Upper Iowa finished the final 2:45 of the game on an 8-2 run to take the game.
- Pelzer finished one point shy of her previous career high with 23. Senske followed Pelzer with 12 points while junior forward Sam Adamich recorded 10.
- Bemidji State held a four-point lead early against Winona State but the Warriors came back to take the lead and avoided trailing the rest of the game. The Beavers tied the game at 28-28 in the second quarter and later trailed by two points in the third. Despite BSU shooting 52.0 percent from the field in the second half, WSU shot 55.6 percent to hold on to the win.
- Pelzer set a career-high 25 points against the Warriors, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 from 3-point range. She added five assists and four steals in 35 minutes of court-time. Adamich also set a career high with 12 points while Senske added 10. Senske was one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season.
- The Beavers rely on the offensive attack, sitting at 2-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 0-8 when shooting worse than their opponent.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 932 points and currently ranks 15th in the conference with 13.2 points per game. Senske follows Sheley with 864 career points at BSU, while Pelzer and Zerr are also both within 194 points of 1,000 for their career. Pelzer leads BSU and ranks 12th in the conference with 14.4 points per game.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- The Huskies have lost four of their last five NSIC matchups after falling in back-to-back games against Minot State University, 77-63, and University of Mary, 82-81.
- SCSU outshot MiSU at the free throw line, 81.3 percent to 55.6, and saw production off turnovers and from its bench. The Huskies outscored the Beavers and Marauders in points off turnovers, recording 21 and 19 points, respectively. St. Cloud State also outscored Minot State, 21-19, and U-Mary, 27-10, off the bench.
- Betsy MacDonald averaged 16.5 points on the weekend, including a team-high 15 against Minot State. She also led SCSU with five assists against MiSU. Mallie Doucette scored 20 of her 29 points on the weekend against U-Mary, leading SCSU in scoring. Chelsea Nooker led SCSU with eight rebounds and five assists against U-Mary while adding 12 points in the matchup.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth has won four games in a row entering this weekend’s games, including victories against Mary 85-73, Minot State 69-48 and Wisconsin-Superior 62-56 during the last week of action.
- The Bulldogs set season highs against the Marauders with 86 points and 54.2 percent shooting from the floor. UMD also tied a school record with 13 3-pointers against U-Mary.
- UMD forced 22 turnovers and sank a season-high 21 free throws against MiSU. The Bulldogs ended the first quarter with a 17-6 lead and headed into halftime with a 37-21 advantage. Jenna Orr scored a career-high 13 points to lead Minnesota Duluth against Minot State.
- Minnesota Duluth opened the game against Wisconsin-Superior with a 17-5 advantage after the first quarter, which set up a comeback opportunity for the Yellowjackets. After UMD took a 48-32 lead into the fourth, UWS scored 24 points compared to 14 for Minnesota Duluth. The Yellowjackets outshot the Bulldogs, 46.9 percent to 34.8 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a game-high 23-point lead by UMD.
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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).