BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball begins the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. against Wayne State College. BSU 7-19, 4-18 NSIC) and WSC (21-6, 16-6 NSIC) face-off for the second time this season from Rice Auditorium in Wayne, Neb.
The Series vs. Wayne State
- The Bemidji State and Wayne State series dates back to Feb. 6, 1993 and totals 44 games, led by WSC, 30-14. The Beavers have one win against the Wildcats in the last nine meetings, while WSC took the first matchup of 2016-17, 70-65, in Wayne, Neb.
- After trailing 26-9 heading into the second quarter, Bemidji State outscored Wayne State, 24-9, in the second to trail just two at halftime. Senior guards Tatum Sheley and Aimee Pelzer led the way in scoring for the Beavers with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Sheley tied a career high 10 rebounds while recording her first double-double of the season.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a split against Univeristy of Mary and Minot State University to top last season’s conference win total by one. The split also gave BSU a seventh place finish in the NSIC North Division. BSU opened the weekend with a 64-52 loss against U-Mary but rebounded with a 90-84 win against MiSU.
- Junior center Sierra Senske scored the first nine points for BSU against U-Mary helped lead the team to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. The Marauders went on to outscore the Beavers in each of the final three quarters. U-Mary used an 18-10 second-half advantage on the boards to hand BSU a loss.
- Senske finished with 16 points, 12 in the first half, and went 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Pelzer followed with 12 points and added five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Sophomore forward Emma Rappe scored all eight of her points in the second half on 3-of-4 shooting.
- Bemidji State broke its streak of losses after trailing at halftime, going 0-18 in such games this season. Minot State held a 38-37 lead at the break before Bemidji State won the third quarter, 25-20. BSU finished the game with its best free throw shooting game in program history and the third best ever in the history of NCAA Division II. The Beavers converted on 27-of-27 from the charity stripe during the game.
- Pelzer led BSU with 24 points, her eighth 20-point game of the season. She finished the weekend averaging 18.0 points per game. Sheley also hit the 20-point mark with 23 against Minot State. Senske finished with 16 points and set a program-record for consecutive free throws converted while going 14-for-14 from the free throw line.
- Pelzer leads the Beavers with 15.3 points and 4.9 assists per game. Her scoring efforts rank her seventh in the NSIC while she ranks third in assists per game. Senske and Sheley also average at least 10.0 points per game, Senske at 12.0 and Sheley at 11.2.
Scouting Wayne State
- Wayne State went 2-0 over the weekend and is on a six-game winning streak after sweeping Upper Iowa University and Winona State University. The Wildcats secured its sixth 20-win season in the last eight with a 91-51 win over the Peacocks and finished the weekend with a 67-63 win over the Warriors. Wayne State is now 110-12 at home in Rice Auditorium over the last eight seasons.
- Senior forward Anna Martensen averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Maggie Schulte had 24 points and 10 rebounds during Wayne State’s win over Winona State. Schulte became the 19th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Junior center Paige Ballinger averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Evelyn Knox tied a season-high 10 points against Upper Iowa.
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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).