BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program continues its five-game road trip with battles Friday, Jan. 12 against University of Sioux Falls and Saturday, Jan. 13 against Southwest Minnesota State University. The Beavers open the weekend at 6 p.m. at the Cougars before a 5 p.m. tip-off Saturday at the Mustangs.
- In the series opening game between Bemidji State and Sioux Falls Jan. 5, 1986, BSU came away with an 81-79 win that currently stands as the Beavers’ only win in the series. USF has taken the last five matchups since both teams started playing annually in 2013. USF won last season’s lone meeting, 55-47, in Bemidji, Minn.
- Senior center Sierra Senske led BSU with 13 points and was the only Beaver in double-digit scoring. She shot 5-of-10 from the field while senior forward and sophomore center Sydney Arrington each led the team with six rebounds. Sophomore guard Erica Gartner scored seven points off the bench on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.
- The interdivisional series between Bemidji State and Southwest Minnesota State began in 1978 and has spanned 74 games. The Beavers have won three of the last five meetings and five of the last eight overall. BSU handed SMSU an 82-66 loss last season at home Jan. 14, 2017. The Beavers averaged 20.5 points per quarter in the win against the Mustangs.
- Senske again led BSU in scoring with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting while she also grabbed six rebounds. Junior forward Emma Rappe followed Senske with 13 points off the bench on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State began a five-game road trip with two losses at St. Cloud State University, 83-51, and at University of Minnesota Duluth, 66-61. The Beavers enter Friday’s game with a 4-9 record overall and 3-6 mark in the NSIC to sit fifth in the conference division standings.
- The Huskies jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the first quarter against the Beavers and led every quarter after. BSU shot 35.3 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc while losing the rebound battle, 49-26, and allowing 19 points off 13 turnovers.
- Sophomore guard McKayla Scheuer tied for the Beavers lead in scoring Friday with a career-high nine points on three 3-pointers. Senske also chipped in nine points with a team-high seven rebounds.
- The opening quarter of the weekend finale against the Bulldogs put the Beavers in a hole despite outscoring UMD over the final three quarters, 56-49. Bemidji State shot 35.2 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from long range and 84.2 percent from the charity stripe but again lost the rebound margin, 39-35.
- Senior guard Mikayla Larson tied a career high with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. She also recorded five rebounds, two assists and one steal for BSU. Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann followed Larson with 15 points while chipping in four rebounds and two assists. Senske, coming off the bench, led BSU with 10 rebounds and went 6-of-6 from the free throw line to finish with eight points.
- Bemidji State’s scoring defense ranks 10th in the conference at 64.2 points allowed per game while its scoring offense ranks 15th with 56.7 points per game. The Beaver defense ranks among the top five in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage allowed, coming in third with 36.9 percent allowed from the field and fifth with 29.6 percent allowed beyond the arc.
- Bachmann leads BSU and ranks 13th in the NSIC in scoring with 13.3 points per game. She has scored at least 20 points in four games this season. Bachmann has led BSU scoring during six of the team’s 13 contests.
- Senske holds BSU’s all-time records for free throws made (357) and free throw attempts (499). She trails Liz Mulvihill (1983-87), Amy Lawson (2004-08) and Stephanie Peterson (2004-08) by 17 games (112 total) for most games played as a Beaver.
Scouting Sioux Falls
- The Cougars avoided a three-game losing streak with a split in their last weekend of action. Sioux Falls opened its weekend with a 60-46 win at Upper Iowa University before falling, 59-51, at Winona State. USF enters Friday with a 9-5 record overall and 6-4 mark in the NSIC.
- USF’s win over UIU was the program’s ninth straight win in the series. The Cougars outrebounded the Peacocks by 15, the largest margin for USF this year against a conference opponent. Sioux Falls placed three players in double-figure scoring while five different players had at least four rebounds.
- The Cougars cut a 20-point deficit to the Warriors to just three points in the third quarter but could not make the full comeback in the loss. USF handed out 11 assists on 19 field goals, which included eight 3-pointers.
- Sophomore guard Kaely Hummel led the Cougars with an 18.5 scoring average over the weekend, including a game-high 23 points at Upper Iowa. Hummel’s 23 points was her fifth game with 20 or more points this season and she has scored at least 10 in all 14 games this season. Junior forward Jacey Huinker grabbed a total of 25 rebounds in the two games, including a career-high 14 against WSU.
Scouting Southwest Minnesota State
- Southwest Minnesota State snapped an eight-game losing streak on the tail end of last weekend’s game, including a 61-46 loss at Winona State and an 80-57 win at Upper Iowa. The Mustangs enter the weekend 3-10 overall and 2-6 in the NSIC.
- The Mustangs scored a season-low 46 points after going just 19-of-64 from the field against the Warriors. The loss was the eighth in a row for SMSU before facing UIU.
- SMSU balanced its scoring with a season-high 80 points against UIU on Saturday. Southwest Minnesota State held a 24-7 advantage in fast break points and a 34-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The 23-point win was the largest margin of victory under head coach Tom Webb.
- Freshman forward Erin Baxter led the Mustangs in scoring both games including a career-high 21 points against Upper Iowa. She also totaled four rebounds and three steals against the Peacocks. Sophomore forward Caleigh Rodning poured in 18 points and seven rebounds against Upper Iowa.
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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).