BEMIDJI, Minn. -- As the non-conference schedule continues, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team will make its first road trip Tuesday, Nov. 20 to take on Valley City State University. The Beavers and Vikings will meet for the 22nd game of the all-time series in Valley City, N.D. with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Series vs. Valley City State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Valley City State, 15-6.
- BSU had won seven straight against VCSU until the Vikings beat the Beavers last season in Bemidji, Minn.
- The Vikings won the most recent meeting, 80-76, Nov. 11, 2017 at BSU Gymnasium.
- Sophomore guard Brooklyn Bachmann led the team with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals in the season-opener against VCSU last season.
- The series began Jan. 26, 1973, a 44-30 win by Valley City State.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU began the season 2-0 for the third time under head coach Chelsea DeVille after taking a 78-71 win over Mayville State University Tuesday, Nov. 13.
- The Beavers closed the game on a 7-0 run, forcing the Comets to shoot 0-for-5 from the floor during that span.
- Sophomore guard Maria Appicelli and freshman guard Trinity Myer combined for the final seven points of the game, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Senior forward Emma Rappe led the team with 15 points and is averaging 17.0 points per game. Appicelli is also averaging 17.0 points per game after scoring 20 in the season opener against Northland College.
- As a team, the Beavers shot 46.4 percent from the field on 26-of-56 shooting from the field. Rappe hit 3-of-5 shots from beyond the arc to lead the team to 8-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.
- Bemidji State entered the 2018-19 season with 12 underlcassmen, including eight guards and seven post players, in another young season for the program.
- DeVille begins her fourth season at the helm while getting the Beavers off to their best start in conference play in 2017-18. Through the first six NSIC games, BSU was 3-3 for the first time since 2011-12.
- Joining DeVille on the bench is third year assistant coach Jamie Schultz and first year assistant Justin Weiland.
- Rappe and Erica Gartner were voted team captains for the 2018-19 season.
- Rappe has played in 73 games over her first three seasons with the program, the most among all current Beavers. She has averaged 3.1 points on 34.8 percent shooting in 10.7 minutes per game during her career. Rappe played in all 27 games last season while starting three.
- Gartner has played in all 54 games for the Beavers over the past two seasons, including 14 starts during the 2017-18 season. She led the team with 32 3-pointers and ranked second on the team with 5.2 points per game, a .333 field goal percentage, a .320 3-point percentage and 21 total steals last season. Gartner scored a career-high 18 points twice last season.
Scouting Valley City State
- Valley City State enters the game 3-4 overall after beginning the season with an 81-21 victory over Providence College Sunday, Oct. 21 in Valley City, N.D.
- VCSU split its last two games over the past week, a 79-64 loss to University of Minnesota Crookston Tuesday, Nov. 13 and a 74-69 win over Concordia College Thursday, Nov. 15.
- Mackenzie Huber leads the team with 14.1 points per game, followed by Kate Williams with 12.7 and Alli Vandal with 12.1.
- Head coach Vanessa Keeler-Johnson is in her second season with Valley City State and holds an overall record of 28-9 with the Vikings.
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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).