|November 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Valley City State||15||23||23||19||80|
|Stats at a Glance||VCSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.448 (26-58)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.407 (11-27)||.450 (9-20)|
|FT Percentage||.895 (17-19)||.760 (19-25)|
TEAM - 6
Scheuer - 3
Senske - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program tips off the 2017-18 season Saturday, Nov. 11 as Valley City State University enters BSU Gymnasium. Head Coach Chelsea DeVille takes a new-look BSU squad onto the court with tip-off between the Beavers and Vikings scheduled for 4 p.m.
- The Beavers hold a commanding 15-5 lead in the all-time series with seven consecutive victories dating back to Jan. 4, 1985. Bemidji State and Valley City State last met during DeVille’s first year with the program, a 77-46 win for the Beavers in Bemidji, Minn., during the 2015-16 season.
- BSU returns just three players who faced VCSU in 2015, including senior center Sierra Senske, senior guard Mikayla Larson and junior forward Emma Rappe. Senske totaled 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field while Larson and Rappe each came off the bench. Rappe led the duo with five points, three coming from the free throw line.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State returns two starters from last season’s squad, including Senske and senior forward Sam Adamich. The 2017-18 Beavers will feature eight total returning letter winners and six true freshmen.
- Bemidji State finished the 2016-17 season with a 7-20 record and 4-20 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
- DeVille begins her third season at the helm while improving BSU’s win total in the NSIC from 2015-16 to 2016-17. Joining DeVille on the bench will be second year assistant coach Jamie Schultz and third year assistant Clint Neumann.
- Senske and sophomore guard Erica Gartner were selected as the team captains for the 2017-18 season.
- Senske became the 20th women’s basketball student-athlete at BSU to reach the 1,000-point mark on Feb. 10 last season. She did so while starting all 27 games and shooting 46.2 percent from the field for 12.0 points per game, which leads all returning Beavers. The former NSIC Freshman of the Year in 2014-15, Senske led Bemidji State with 6.0 rebounds per game and 0.8 blocks per game.
- Gartner played in all 27 games with one start as a true freshman for the Beavers. She totaled 4.2 points per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Altamont, Kan., native also totaled 50 rebounds, 28 assists and 20 steals while playing 15 minutes per game. Gartner recorded a career-high 15 points versus Northland College on Nov. 18, 2016.
Scouting Valley City State
- Saturday’s game will be the fifth of the season for the Vikings who competes in the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Prior to facing Bemidji State, Valley City State travels to St. Cloud, Minn., Friday, Nov. 10 to take on St. Cloud State University.
- The Vikings have received votes in the NAIA DII Group Poll and are currently 3-0 heading into the weekend’s slate.
- Lexi Lennon leads the Vikings in scoring through the first three games, putting up 23.0 points per contest on 45.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Lennon found her way to the free-throw line in VCSU’s last game, as she sank 18-of-22 from the charity stripe to move her season average to 82.1 percent from the line.
- As a team, the Vikings shoot 51.1 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point range and average 81.0 points per game.
- The Vikings are currently third in the NAIA Division II in field goal percentage, fourth in rebound defense (26.0), and seventh in assist/turnover ratio and total rebound margin (16.5).
- Head Coach Vanessa Keeler-Johnson begins her first season with the Vikings in 2017-18 after serving as head girls basketball coach at Detroit Lakes Public School. She also served three seasons at Minnesota State University Moorhead as an assistant coach.
For more information on the Bemidji State athletic programs, tickets or schedules, visit BSUBeavers.com, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Multimedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.
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).