BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team tips off its first of two final home weekends while welcoming in the top two teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division, Wayne State College and No. 7 Augustana University. The Beavers and Wildcats begin the weekend at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 followed by the weekend finale at 4 p.m. Saturday against the Vikings.
- The Bemidji State and Wayne State series dates back to Feb. 6, 1993 and totals 45 games, led by WSC, 31-14. The Beavers have one win against the Wildcats over the last 10 meetings, while WSC knocked BSU out of the NSIC Tournament last season with an 85-61 win in Wayne, Neb.
- Senior center Sierra Senske and sophomore center Sydney Arrington each scored at least 10 points in the final meeting against WSC last season. Senske averaged 11.5 points per game against the Wildcats between the two meetings and led all returners with 5.5 rebounds per game.
- Augustana leads the young series against Bemidji State, 13-2, that first began Dec. 10, 1983. After a 77-72 Beavers’ victory in overtime to begin the series, the Vikings have won 14 of the last 15 and five straight. Augie pulled away with an 86-61 win last season in the lone matchup against Bemidji State.
- Senske led BSU in scoring against Augie with 12 points, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She also led BSU on the boards with six rebounds, including two offensive. Sophomore guard Erica Gartner came off the bench to score eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State faced another sweep at Concordia University-St. Paul, 63-53, and Minnesota State University, Mankato, 65-33, to finish the month of January. The Beavers are currently on a 10-game losing streak for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The last time BSU went on a losing streak of at least 11 games was during the 2008-09 season in which it lost 19 straight.
- BSU exited the first quarter against CSP with a 17-13 lead but was outscored in the second and third quarters, 39-24, to lead to the loss. The Beavers tied a season-high with six team blocks in the game. BSU shot 32.2 percent from the floor, 30.0 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe while allowing 16 points off 20 turnovers.
- Senske and freshman guard Sydney Zerr led BSU in scoring with 10 points each, including two 3-pointers from Zerr. Senior forward Sam Adamich paced BSU on the boards with a team-best nine rebounds while she also sank two 3-pointers for six points on the night.
- The Beavers tied Saturday night’s game against the Mavericks at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, but allowed a 12-2 run to MSU to finish the opening period. BSU could only total four points in the second quarter to face a daunting, 32-13 deficit at halftime. BSU shot 28.6 percent from the floor, 15.4 percent from long range and 70.0 percent from the charity stripe, while giving away 22 points off 26 turnovers.
- Arrington led BSU in scoring with 10 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. No other Beaver reached double-digit scoring and the only other player above five points was Gartner with seven.
- Bemidji State’s scoring defense ranks 11th in the conference at 66.5 points allowed per game while its scoring offense ranks 15th with 56.6 points per game. The Beaver defense ranks among the top seven in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage allowed, coming in sixth with 38.3 percent allowed from the field and seventh with 30.8 percent allowed beyond the arc.
- Bachmann leads BSU and ranks 11th in the NSIC in scoring with 13.3 points per game. Her scoring average per contest is the highest among all freshman in the NSIC. She has scored at least 20 points in six games this season. Bachmann has led BSU scoring during 11 games this season.
- Senske enters the weekend ranked 11th all-time at BSU in scoring with 1,230 points, 20 shy of 10th place Sherry Hill (1979-82). She has seen the court in 101 BSU games over her career, 11 shy of tying the program record with Liz Mulvihill (1983-87), Amy Lawson (2004-08) and Stephanie Peterson (2004-08).
Scouting Wayne State
- Wayne State earned a sweep during its last weekend out with wins of 84-56 over St. Cloud State University and 76-70 over University of Minnesota Duluth. The Wildcats enter Friday’s game second in the NSIC South Division standings and have won four straight games.
- Wayne State shot at least 50 percent in both games over the weekend, finishing 52.6 percent from the field Friday against St. Cloud State and 50.0 percent Saturday against Minnesota Duluth. WSC is 122-13 at home in Rice Auditorium over the last nine season. The Wildcats tied a season high while going 30-of-34 from the free throw line in the win over the Bulldogs.
- Senior center Paige Ballinger averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to earn the NSIC South Division Player of the Week. Ballinger moved into 10th place in all-time scoring at Wayne State with 1,352 points. Freshman forward Erin Norling averaged 13.5 points per game while senior forward Maggie Schulte shot 64.3 percent from the field and averaged 12.0 points per game over the weekend.
- Augustana, entering last weekend eighth in the WBCA Coaches’ Poll, took a sweep with wins of 69-46 over Minnesota Duluth and 76-74 in overtime against St. Cloud State. The Vikings’ No. 8 ranking entering last weekend was their highest since also being ranked eighth in the WBCA Coaches’ Poll in January of 2007.
- Augustana played its second overtime game of the season Saturday and moved to 2-0 in such games this season. In two wins over the weekend, the Vikings forced 18 turnovers Friday and 21 Saturday.
- Shelby Selland led Augustana with 17 points on Friday night against UMD, which was one shy of tying her season high. Paige Peterson garnered 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench Friday night. Logan O’Farrell earned her fourth double-double of the season Saturday with 11 points and 12 rebounds while also adding five blocks, four assists and one steal.
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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).