BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball welcomes in Upper Iowa University and Winona State University for the final games of the 2017 calendar year, Dec. 30-31 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers tip-off the 21st all-time meeting against the Peacocks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday followed by the 79th all-time matchup between the Beavers and Warriors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Upper Iowa, 14-6. Despite the Beavers taking seven of the last 10 meetings, both teams have traded wins over the past six matchups. The Peacocks won last season’s lone meeting, also on Dec. 30, 65-60 in Fayette, Iowa.
- Senior center Sierra Senske led BSU in scoring last season against UIU with 12 points and also led with seven rebounds. Senior forward Sam Adamich set a previous career-high scoring mark against the Peacocks last season, putting up 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
- Bemidji State also holds the all-time record lead over Winona State, 43-35, in the series that began in 1973. Although the Beavers lead the all-time series, the Warriors have won the last seven meetings between the two programs, including a 76-66 final last season.
- Adamich topped her previous career-high mark of 11 points with 12 on 5-of-11 shooting against the Warriors last season. Senske also reached double-figure scoring again with 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU took the first season series meeting against University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday, Dec. 16 prior to taking the team’s holiday break. The Beavers were able to take down the Golden Eagles, 76-64, in Bemidji, Minn., for their second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season.
- The Beavers shot 43.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from long range and 89.5 percent from the free throw line while also outscoring the Golden Eagles’ bench, 29-10, in the win.
- BSU has now won two of five conference games, the earliest it has taken to reach that mark since the 2012-13 season.
- Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann tied a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field to lead the Beavers in scoring on the night. Bachmann tied BSU’s rebound lead with seven boards and added three steals and two assists.
- Sophomore center Sydney Arrington, in her first career start, dropped 12 points on 50 percent shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one block.
- Freshman guard Sydney Zerr also added a career-high 12 points on four 3-pointers off the bench.
- Bemidji State’s scoring defense ranks 11th in the conference at 65.2 points allowed per game while its scoring offense ranks 15th with 59.1 points per game.
- The Beaver defense ranks among the top six in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage allowed, coming in sixth with 37.1 percent allowed from the field and third with 26.4 percent allowed beyond the arc.
- Bachmann leads BSU and ranks ninth in the NSIC in scoring with 13.4 points per game. She has scored at least 20 points in three games this season, totaling a career-high 22 points twice. Bachmann has led BSU scoring during five of the team’s nine contests.
- Senske holds BSU’s all-time records for free throws made (369) and free throw attempts (514). She trails Liz Mulvihill (1983-87), Amy Lawson (2004-08) and Stephanie Peterson (2004-08) by 12 games (112 total) for most games played as a Beaver.
Scouting Upper Iowa
- Upper Iowa dropped a 68-55 decision at Winona State in its last week of action. The Peacocks trailed 43-26 at halftime, but were able to cut into the lead and outscore their hosts, 29-25, in the second half.
- Junior guard Blair Klosterman led the way for UIU with a game-high 19 points, which was fueled by four 3-pointers. Klosterman and junior guard Ashley Rosenstiel both collected five rebounds apiece.
- The Peacocks rank last in the conference in scoring offense with 55.3 points per game and 12th in scoring defense with 68.9 points allowed per game. UIU also comes in last in offensive field goal output, totaling 33.0 percent shooting from the field, and ranks 13th in field goal defense with 39.9 percent allowed per game.
- Upper Iowa trails Bemidji State in rebounding, ranking 14th with 34.9 boards pulled down per game compared to the 12th ranked Beavers with 37.2 rebounds per contest.
Scouting Winona State
- Winona State enters the weekend 9-1 overall and 5-1 in NSIC play after taking down Upper Iowa, 68-55, in its last action before the holiday break.
- The Warriors have won at least nine of their first 10 games for the third straight season and improved to 5-0 at home.
- Senior forward Hannah McGlone recorded her fifth double-double of the season against UIU with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Emily Kieck scored 11 points and recorded five assists in her first start of the season. Junior forward Rachel Novotny has totaled 10 rebounds in each of her last two games.
- The Warriors enter the weekend leading the league with 49 percent shooting from the field and second with 37 percent shooting from long range, 54 points allowed per game and +18.8 scoring margin.
- While Winona State ranks first in the league in rebound defense with 29.7 boards allowed per game, WSU comes in at 13th in the league with 36.0 boards pulled down per contest.
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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).