BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team makes its final appearances at BSU Gymnasium Feb. 17-18 with games against University of Mary and Minot State University. The Beavers (6-18, 3-17 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) open the weekend at 6 p.m. Friday against the Marauders before celebrating Senior Night at 4 p.m. Saturday against the Beavers.
The Series vs. U-Mary
- The Beavers and Marauders began their all-time series Nov. 30, 1984, an 80-75 win by BSU, before taking a 22-year break between meetings. U-Mary leads the series record, 17-4, and have won four straight against BSU. The Marauders won the first meeting of the 2016-17 season, 76-66, in Bismarck, N.D. Jan. 21. The Beavers held an 18-12 lead after the first quarter but the Marauders won the final three.
- Senior guard Tatum Sheley scored her 1,000th career point during the game and led the Beavers with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. She also made four 3-pointers and added five rebounds. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer followed with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with six assists and three rebounds.
The Series vs. Minot State
- Bemidji State and Minot State face-off for the 16th time in the “Beaver Bash”, a Highway 2 rivalry that began with a 77-74 win by MiSU Dec. 9, 1988. Minot State leads the all-time series, 10-5, while Bemidji State snapped a six-game skid to MiSU and a 26-game road losing streak overall with an 83-57 win in Minot, N.D. Jan. 20.
- Pelzer led all Beavers with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. She added six assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in the win. Three other Beavers scored at least 10 points, including Sheley with 14, freshman center Sydney Arrington with 13 and junior forward Sam Adamich with 11.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was swept in its final road weekend of the season at No. 16 Minnesota State University Moorhead, 88-56, and Northern State University, 76-55. Heading into the final two games of the 2016-17 regular season, BSU sits in the seventh spot in the NSIC North standings and will travel for the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament.
- MSU Moorhead got off to a quick start Friday night with a 31-18 lead after the first quarter. The Dragons never looked back while outscoring the Beavers in each of the final three quarters. With the win, the Dragons clinched the divisional and overall NSIC title.
- Junior Sierra Senske needed 18 points heading into the game against MSUM to become the 20th member of the 1,000-point club at BSU. She finished the night with a team-high 20, including 13 in the first half. She added five rebounds and one block while going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Senior guard Allison Cordes followed Senske with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
- The Beavers won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Dragons 30-22 in the lane. MSUM was able to take advantage of 12 BSU turnovers for 16 points and converted 15 second-chance points.The Dragons outshot the Beavers, 50.0 percent to 35.7 from the field, and went 19-for-21 (90.5 percent) from the charity stripe.
- After another hot start by their opponent, the Beavers got their feet under them in the second by outscoring the Wolves in the quarter, 17-15. After trailing 36-30 at halftime, BSU was outscored in the second half, 40-25.
- Senske again led the Beavers in scoring with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Cordes again followed Senske in scoring with nine points and added four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Pelzer and Sheley each added seven points.
- The Beavers opened the first half shooting 42.3 percent from the field and finished the game at 36.2 percent. The Wolves shot just 37.1 percent during the first half but finished shooting 45.9 percent through the entire game. NSU took advantage of 16 BSU turnovers for 14 points.
- Pelzer leads the Beavers with 15.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. Her scoring efforts rank her eighth in the NSIC while she ranks second during conference games with 5.2 assists per game. Senske and Sheley also average at least 10.0 points per game, Senske at 11.6 and Sheley at 11.1.
- BSU will recognize five Beavers on Senior Night, including Cordes, junior forward Katie Miller, Pelzer, Sheley and senior guard Hanna Zerr.
- Zerr enters the weekend with 843 career points, the same assist total her mother, Kim Zerr (Babula), finished her career with to set the program’s all-time record.
1,000 Point Watch (Career Totals)
- Aimee Pelzer - 1,063 points
- Tatum Sheley - 1,054 points
- Sierra Senske - 1,016 points
- U-Mary took a split in its last weekend of action, falling to St. Cloud State University, 82-74, and beating University of Minnesota Duluth, 65-51. The Marauders enter this weekend one game behind the Huskies for fourth in the NSIC North standings, the final spot to host a game in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. U-Mary held UMD to 51 points and 29.7 percent shooting from the field, the second-best mark for the Marauders in both categories this season. The Marauders hit 46-of-53 free throws on the weekend while opponents were 24-of-32. U-Mary took a 46-25 rebound advantage over UMD and a 78-59 advantage over the weekend.
- Senior forward Hannah Larson averaged 20.0 points and eight rebounds per game while making 13-of-25 field goals, 5-of-7 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws. She scored 23 points against SCSU and added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win over UMD. Freshman center Gabbie Bohl averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and shot 23-of-26 from the charity stripe over the weekend.
Scouting Minot State
- Minot State recorded a split at home with a 78-72 win over Minnesota Duluth and a 76-69 loss to St. Cloud State. MiSU enters the weekend eighth in the NSIC North standings, one game behind Bemidji State. The Beavers overcame an 18-point first-quarter deficit to the Bulldogs to earn the team’s first home NSIC win of the season. Minot State followed with a strong start against St. Cloud State, leading 19-15 after the first quarter, but couldn’t hold on to the lead through the final three. Six of nine players who earned minutes scored at least 10 points against UMD.
- Madison Wald upped her overall scoring average to a career-high 9.8 points per game with 34 combined over the weekend. She totaled a career-high 24 points against SCSU, setting a school Division II-era record six 3-pointers. Kari Clements finished with double-digit scoring both nights, including 12 points with five rebounds, five assists and two steals against 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).