BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team opens its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a doubleheader weekend against University of Minnesota Duluth at 6 p.m. Friday and St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. Saturday at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers and Bulldogs meet for the 100th time in the series followed by the 55th meeting all-time between BSU and SCSU.
- Friday’s game marks the 100th all-time meeting in the Bemidji State/Minnesota Duluth rivalry. UMD owns the all-time record, 69-30, including 17 of the last 18 games. The Beavers came away with a 60-57 win in the two programs’ last meeting, Jan. 7, 2017 in Bemidji, Minn.
- Senior center Sierra Senske recorded her seventh career double-double in the win over the Bulldogs with 12 points and 10 rebounds, which was also the last time she has had a double-double. Sophomores Sydney Arrington and Erica Gartner each came off the bench to total six points and three rebounds. Senske averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against UMD last season.
- Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will play in the 55th game all-time between the two schools Saturday. The Huskies lead the all-time record, 38-16, with six wins in the last seven meetings. BSU last took a win Jan. 10, 2016, 79-74, against SCSU in Bemidji.
- Arrington averaged 15.5 points per game against the Huskies last season, including a 23-point game in a two-overtime loss Dec. 3, 2016. She shot 59.1 percent from the field between both games and pulled down 5.5 rebounds per game. Senske totaled 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game against SCSU last season.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU was swept at the Metro State Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 24-25 against Metro State University, 71-51, and Colorado Christian University, 72-68.
- The Roadrunners opened the weekend against the Beavers by winning every quarter, and holding BSU to three second-quarter points and 31.5 percent shooting from the field during the game.
- Bemidji State led for the majority of the game against Colorado Christian, including a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter, before CC went on a 7-0 run to end the third period. The Beavers and Cougars were tied at 68-68 with 14 seconds remaining before CC went 4-for-4 from the free throw line compared to 0-for-2 for BSU to seal the game.
- Senior center Sierra Senske led BSU in scoring with 15.5 points per game, including a season-high 20 points against Metro State, while also breaking the program’s all-time record for free throws with 327.
- Sophomore center Sydney Arrington recorded her first career double-double against Colorado Christian with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Beavers rank 12th in the NSIC with 64.5 points per game and 13th with 71.3 points allowed per game. BSU is shooting 37.5 percent from the floor to rank 13th in the league and is allowing 38.8 percent shooting on defense to rank 12th.
- Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann ranks 10th in the NSIC with 14.0 points per game.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth split games against Michigan schools to move to 2-1 overall heading into its conference opener.
- UMD rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to No. 21 Michigan Tech University to force overtime before falling, 79-70, on the road.
- A season-high 27 assists helped UMD blaze past Lake Superior State University, 89-51.
- The Bulldogs outshot their opponents during the weekend, 43.0 to 40.0 percent from the floor.
- Junior guard Sammy Kozlowski averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game on the weekend. Freshman forward Sarah Grow totaled 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks during the two games. Junior guard Emma Boehm and sophomore forward Katie Stark each also totaled 9.5 rebounds per game.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State split its last weekend of action against Washburn University, a 58-55 loss, and Newman University, a 72-62 win, at the Parrish Hotels Thanksgiving Classic to enter the weekend 3-1 overall.
- SCSU went into halftime with a 28-22 lead over WU but was outscored in the second half, 36-27 including 20-13 in the fourth quarter, to drop its first game of the season.
- St. Cloud State shot 44.4 percent from the field compared to 39.3 percent for Newman while the Huskies also scored 16 points off turnovers compared to four for the Jets.
- Junior guard Mallie Doucette scored 18 points to lead SCSU against WU while senior guard Amanda Christianson led the team with seven rebounds in the game. Christianson broke out with 24 points in the victory over Newman, which was the first 20-point game for a Huskie this season. Sophomore guard Jocelyn Johnson grabbed a team-high seven rebounds against Newman.
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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).