BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team faces one of the toughest road trips of the season while facing (14) Northern State University Dec. 8 and (RV) Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 9. The Beaver begin the weekend of games Friday at 6 p.m. in Wachs Arena against the Wolves and finish it Saturday at 4 p.m. in Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse against the Dragons.
- Bemidji State and Northern State meet for the 66th time in the series, led by NSU, 55-10. BSU won four of the first five games that began Jan. 24, 1986. The last Beavers win came Jan. 26, 2013, 64-57, in Bemidji. The Wolves have won the last eight meetings.
- Senior center Sierra Senske averaged 10.0 points per game last season in two meetings against the Wolves. She shot 57.1 percent from the field and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Senior forward Sam Adamich grabbed six rebounds grabbed six rebounds off the bench in last year’s final meeting between the two programs.
- Bemidji State continues the longest series in program history against MSU Moorhead, led by MSUM, 65-39. The Beavers won five of the first nine games of the series that began in 1967. The last BSU win came Dec. 2, 2011, 75-68, in Moorhead, Minn. MSUM has won 11 straight games against BSU.
- Senske again led BSU in scoring against MSUM, averaging 16.0 points per game with 5.0 rebounds per game. In the second meeting of the 2016-17 season, Senske reached 1,000 career points with the Beavers, ending the game with 20 points total.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State split its opening weekend of conference play after a 52-44 loss to University of Minnesota Duluth and a 52-51 win against St. Cloud State University at BSU Gymnasium.
- Bemidji State held a seven-point lead over Minnesota Duluth in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs ended the game on a 14-2 run to steal the NSIC opener.
- BSU’s win against SCSU was the earliest for the program during the NSIC schedule since taking down SCSU in the second game of the conference schedule in 2013-14.
- The Beavers overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Huskies for the second time in the last four meetings between the programs. BSU shot 39.4 percent from the field and limited SCSU to 22.9 percent shooting in the second half.
- During the weekend, the Beavers shot 34.7 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from the arc and pulled down 40.0 rebounds per game in the conference-opening weekend.
- Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann led BSU with 15.0 points per game and added 5.0 rebounds, one assist and one steal per game. She recorded 17 points and seven rebounds against Minnesota Duluth before totaling 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting against St. Cloud State.
- Sophomore center Sydney Arrington led BSU with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in Saturday’s win against SCSU. Arrington averaged 10.0 points in 10.0 minutes per game while shooting 72.7 percent from the floor.
- The Beavers rank 14th in the NSIC with 59.0 points per game and 11th with 64.7 points allowed per game. BSU is shooting 36.6 percent from the floor to rank 14th in the league and is allowing 35.8 percent shooting on defense to rank 4th.
- Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann ranks seventh in the NSIC with 14.3 points per game. She is also eighth in the NSIC in minutes played with 32.0 per game.
Scouting No. 14 Northern State
- No. 14 Northern State opened league play with two wins over Minot State University, 77-58, and University of Mary, 72-61.
- The Wolves averaged 74.5 points and 48.5 rebounds, outscoring their opponents by 15.0 and outrebounding their opponents by 17.0. NSU shot 46.3 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from the 3-point line and 72.2 percent from the foul like in the two wins. The Wolves added 42 assists, 11 steals and seven blocks.
- Northern State currently leads the NSIC in league contests in 3-point field goal percentage (47.8), rebounding margin (+17.0), assists (21.0) and defensive rebounds (33.5).
- Brianna Kusler leads the NSIC during conference games with 6.0 assists per game while Alexis Tappe holds a league-leading 9.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in league games.
- Jill Conrad and Miranda Ristau led the team over the weekend with 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Conrad shot a team-leading 57.1 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the arc. Sara Tvedt notched a career-high 20 points against the Marauders.
Scouting (RV) MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead extended its winning streak to five games with road wins at U-Mary, 64-54, and Minot State, 85-64, to open NSIC play.
- The Dragons allowed just 59 points per game and held teams to 36.8 percent shooting from the field. MSUM outrebounded its foes 41-36 for the week. MSU Moorhead shot 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the 3-point line on the weekend.
- Sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz led MSUM at 16.5 points per game and shot 60 percent from 3-point range (6-of-10). She had a career high 23 points in the win over Minot State. Junior guard Jacky Volkert averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 assists while scoring a career high 24 points against U-Mary. Senior guard Cassidy Thorson averaged 13.5 points per game. Senior forward Drew Sannes averaged 8.0 rebounds to lead the team.
- The Dragons enter the weekend fifth in the league with 73.2 points per game and sixth with 59.7 points per game allowed. MSUM ranks fifth shooting 40.9 percent from the field and ninth holding opponents to 36.7 percent shooting.
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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).