BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Sanford Center Series concludes as the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Crookston for the season series finale. The Beavers (4-9, 1-8 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and Golden Eagles (3-10, 3-6 NSIC) tip off at 6 p.m. in the 40th installment of the Highway 2 rivalry.
The Series vs. Minnesota Crookston
- The Beavers and Golden Eagles rivalry began Jan. 6, 1996 as BSU took a 101-56 win in Bemidji. Bemidji State leads the all-time record, 21-18, although Minnesota Crookston has won three consecutive games in the series.
- UMC took the first game of the season series Dec. 15, 80-68, in Crookston, Minn. A 27-point third quarter propelled the Golden Eagles during the win despite 24 points from Beavers senior guard Aimee Pelzer.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State nabbed its first win of conference play during the first two games of the Sanford Center Series. BSU opened the weekend with a 65-59 loss to St. Cloud State University before its first win since Nov. 26, a 60-57 victory over University of Minnesota Duluth.
- The Beavers fell behind early to the Huskies after heading into the second quarter trailing, 14-4. Bemidji State outscored St. Cloud State over the final three quarters, 55-51, but could not overcome the early struggle.
- Junior center Sierra Senske came one rebound shy of a double-double against the Huskies with 10 points and nine rebounds. Pelzer led all Beavers scorers with 15 points, 13 coming in the second half on 2-for-4 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. In addition to her scoring prowess, Pelzer created plays with a team-high five assists.
- BSU shot 60.0 percent as a team from the floor to grab an 18-14 lead over UMD after the first quarter. Bemidji State outshot Minnesota Duluth in the second half, 52.6 percent to 37.5, while creating 17 assists on 20 field goals.
- Senske followed against the Bulldogs with her second double-double of the season, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds. Pelzer led the Beavers in scoring for the fifth consecutive game, a streak that began Dec. 15 at Minnesota Crookston. Pelzer and senior guard Tatum Sheley each finished with 16 points.
- Bemidji State’s win against Minnesota Duluth was the first win for the program in NSIC play since a 70-53 victory against Upper Iowa University Jan. 30 in Bemidji.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 956 points and currently ranks 16th in the conference with 13.0 points per game. Pelzer follows Sheley with 891 points and Senske has 887 career points at BSU. Pelzer leads BSU in scoring and ranks ninth in the NSIC with 14.6 points per game.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- Minnesota Crookston split last weekend on the court at home against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State. The Golden Eagles opened with a 65-53 loss to the Bulldogs before a 78-76 win to the Huskies. UMC enters Tuesday’s game sixth in the NSIC North division standings with wins against Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth and Upper Iowa.
- The Golden Eagles were led offensively against the Bulldogs by Isieoma Odor, who came off the bench with 19 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor. Alison Hughes tallied 17 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-13 from beyond the arc. Minnesota Duluth jumped out to a 19-11 lead after the first quarter and closed the game with a 14-10 margin in the fourth quarter.
- A 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining against St. Cloud State sealed the Golden Eagles’ third win in conference play. Emily Gruber sank the game-winner and finished with eight points and six rebounds. Odor led UMC in scoring for the second consecutive game with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field. The win was UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland’s 100th career collegiate victory to become the first Golden Eagle coach to reach the mark in the NSIC era.
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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).