BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball closes out its season series against St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth while continuing the program’s best start to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Beavers first match up at the Huskies at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in St. Cloud, Minn., before facing the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. Saturday in Duluth, Minn.
- Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will play in the 56th game all-time between the two programs Friday. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 38-17, with six wins in the last eight meetings. Bemidji State came away with the first meeting of the 2017-18 season Dec. 2, 52-51, in Bemidji.
- The Beavers outscored the Huskies, 36-22, in the second half of the first season meeting to come away with their second win against SCSU in three seasons. Sophomore center Sydney Arrington led BSU with 16 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann was the only other Beaver in double-figure scoring with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Senior forward Sam Adamich set a career-high 11 rebounds in the first meeting of the season.
- Saturday’s game marks the 101st all-time meeting in the Bemidji State/Minnesota Duluth rivalry. UMD owns the all-time record, 70-30, including 18 of the last 19 games. The Beavers fell in the first meeting of the 2017-18 season, 52-44, Dec. 1 in Bemidji.
- The Bulldogs outscored the Beavers, 21-7, in the fourth quarter to pull away in the win. Bachmann led the Beavers in scoring with 17 points, nine coming from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds. Adamich led BSU with eight rebounds while adding one assist.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State split its final weekend of the 2017 calendar year with a 60-52 win over Upper Iowa University and a 47-33 loss to Winona State University.
- BSU overcame an eight-point deficit after the first quarter and outscored UIU in the second and fourth quarters, 34-14. The Beavers shot 35.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while holding the Peacocks to 3-of-16 shooting from 3-point range over the final three quarters.
- Bachmann and senior guard Mikayla Larson combined for 42 of BSU’s 60 points against UIU. Bachmann led the team with a career-high 24 points and added six rebounds. Larson also set career highs with 18 points and nine rebounds, and went 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
- Bemidji State trailed Winona State by just two points at halftime but were only able to total 10 points in the second half of Sunday’s loss. BSU shot 24.5 percent from the field and 100 percent (6-of-6) from the free throw line while also scoring 18 points in the paint.
- Arrington, in her third career start, led BSU with nine points and nine rebounds, including four offensive boards. Bachmann followed Arrington with seven points while Adamich totaled eight rebounds.
- Bemidji State’s scoring defense ranks eighth in the conference at 62.4 points allowed per game while its scoring offense ranks 15th with 56.8 points per game. The Beaver defense ranks among the top six in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage allowed, coming in third with 36.3 percent allowed from the field and second with 27.2 percent allowed beyond the arc.
- Bachmann leads BSU and ranks 10th in the NSIC in scoring with 13.8 points per game. She has scored at least 20 points in four games this season, totaling a career-high 24 points to open the team’s last weekend of play. Bachmann has led BSU scoring during six of the team’s 11 contests.
- Senske holds BSU’s all-time records for free throws made (348) and free throw attempts (487). She trails Liz Mulvihill (1983-87), Amy Lawson (2004-08) and Stephanie Peterson (2004-08) by 19 games (112 total) for most games played as a Beaver.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- SCSU split the team’s two games during its last weekend of action with a 61-58 loss to Minot State University and a 65-56 win over University of Mary. The loss drops SCSU to 9-4 all-time against Minot State and was the second time in the last three meetings that the program has fallen to the Beavers. SCSU is now 9-7 all-time against U-Mary.
- Freshman guard Tori Wortz led the team in scoring for the third time this season as she scored a career-high 22 points against the Beavers. Wortz has now scored in double figures in eight of the team’s 11 games after getting 14 points against U-Mary.
- Senior guard Andrea Thomas has now led the team in scoring four times after putting up 19 points against the Marauders. She has scored in double figures in eight games and has a pair of contests this season with 18 or more points.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season following a 65-51 loss at U-Mary and a 71-67 loss at Minot State.
- The Bulldogs turned the ball over just 11 times compared to 25 turnovers for their opponents during the weekend. UMD finished Friday’s game against U-Mary shooting 28.8 percent from the field, 10 percent fewer than their season average.
- UMD touts the second-best marks in the NSIC in turnover margin (6.45) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.39).
- Junior guard Emma Boehm has led the team in scoring in each of the last three games while putting up 15 points in the weekend finale against Minot State.
- Sophomore forward Katie Stark tied her career marks in points and rebounds versus Minot State, posting 14 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists.
- Freshman forward Sarah Grow shot 60.0 percent from the floor while averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks 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).