BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The new year begins with a home weekend as the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Duluth Friday, Jan. 4 and St. Cloud State University Saturday, Jan. 5 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers tip-off the first of two games in the season series at 5:30 p.m. against the Bulldogs and at 3:30 p.m. versus the Huskies.
- Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 71-30.
- UMC has won 19 of the last 20 games, while BSU took its most recent win Jan. 7, 2017 in Bemidji, Minn., 60-57.
- The Bulldogs took a sweep in the 2017-18 season series, 52-44 Dec. 1, 2017 in Bemidji and 66-61 Jan. 6, 2018 in Duluth, Minn.
- Sophomore guard Brooklyn Bachmann averaged 16.0 points per game against UMD last season while shooting 42.3 percent (11-26) from the field. She was the only Beaver to average double figure scoring, followed by sophomore guard Maria Appicelli with 6.0 points per game.
- The series began in 1968, a win by Bemidji State. The Beavers won 13 consecutive games between 1971 and 1977.
St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 39-17.
- BSU has won two of the previous five meetings against SCSU, including a split during the 2017-18 season.
- The Beavers took a 52-51 win over the Huskies Dec. 2, 2017 in Bemidji before SCSU beat BSU, 83-51, Jan. 5, 2018 in St. Cloud, Minn.
- Bachmann again led BSU with 9.5 points per game in the series against SCSU, shooting 42.9 percent (6-14) from the field. She scored 13 points in the Beavers’ victory while sophomore guard Sydney Zerr totaled seven points in the series finale.
- The series began in 1969, a win by Bemidji State. The Beavers won five of the first six games of the series.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU is searching for a fresh start as the second half of the season begins after falling in its last eight games.
- Most recently, Bemidji State took a 73-63 loss in the season-series finale at University of Minnesota Crookston. BSU shot 37.1 percent from the field, 17.2 percent from the 3-point line and 63.2 percent from the charity stripe.
- BSU set a season high with 42 rebounds and took its first loss of the season when outrebounding its opponent.
- Bachmann led BSU in scoring with 18 points, including scoring the final nine points of the game for the Beavers. She was one point shy of her season high and also led BSU on the boards with eight rebounds. Sophomore center Taylor Bray followed Bachmann in scoring with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Bray added five rebounds.
- On the season, sophomore guard Maria Appicelli leads the program with 10.9 points per game after totaling two 20-point games through the non-conference schedule. Prior to this season, Appicelli had not scored more than eight points in a single game. She ranks 30th in the NSIC in scoring average and is shooting 32.7 percent from the field and 26.0 percent from beyond the arc.
- Dubois leads BSU’s rebound attack with 6.0 boards per game. She opened the season with her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench against Northland College while following with her second double-double performance versus Minnesota Crookston. Dubois ranks 19th in the NSIC in rebounds per game.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth took its fifth win of the NSIC schedule Sunday, Dec. 30 at home against St. Cloud State, 59-54.
- The Bulldogs trailed the Huskies by as many as 12 points but erased the deficit behind 10 fourth-quarter points from freshman forward Brooke Olson. Olson ended the game with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team against SCSU.
- UMD came away with a season-sweep over SCSU despite its third-worst shooting game of the season, finishing the game at 32.8 percent from the field. Minnesota Duluth went 14-of-17 from the free throw line, including a perfect 8-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
- While Minnesota Duluth ranks among the bottom half of the conference in multiple offensive shooting categories, the team ranks among the top five in three defensive categories. The Bulldogs lead the NSIC with 53.6 points allowed per game and also lead with 24.5 percent shooting allowed from beyond the 3-point arc.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State enters the weekend with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in NSIC play after falling to Minnesota Duluth, 59-54, Sunday. Dec. 30.
- The Huskies led by 10 points, 35-25, with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter before the Bulldogs began a comeback. SCSU allowed UMD to a 5-0 run following the double-digit lead while the Bulldogs eventually tied the game at 48-48 with about five minute left in the game.
- Sophomore guard Tori Wortz was the top scorer for SCSU in the loss as she tallied a season-high 18 points and added five rebounds. Freshman forward Katrina Theis recorded her first double-double as a Husky with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
- St. Cloud State ranks among the top half of the conference in points per game allowed (3rd/55.1), field goal percentage allowed (.360/2nd), 3-point percentage allowed (.279/5th) and rebounds allowed per game (7th/36.7).
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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).