BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program hosts Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 8-9 to begin a four-game homestand at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers open the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the Golden Bears before taking on the Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
vs. Concordia-St. Paul
- Concordia-St. Paul leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 30-12.
- The Golden Bears have won the last four meetings against the Beavers, 14 of the last 15 and 27 of the last 29, dating back to Jan. 13, 2001. BSU’s last win in the series came Feb. 15, 2014, a 52-49 victory in Bemidji, Minn.
- Sophomore guard Sydney Zerr led BSU in scoring last season against CSP, totaling 10 points with two 3-pointers. Zerr recorded career highs with six rebounds and two blocks in the game.
- The two teams first met in 1978, as both teams traded three-game winning streaks to begin the series. BSU’s longest win streak came between 1985-2000, which included six wins.
vs. Minnesota State
- Minnesota State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 32-13.
- The Mavericks have won eight straight against the Beavers, with BSU’s most recent win coming in a 72-71 decision Jan. 20, 2012, in Bemidji.
- MSU held BSU to a season-low in scoring last season with a 65-33 victory over the Beavers.
- Junior guard Erica Gartner scored seven points off the bench with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. As a team, BSU shot 28.6 percent from the field (12-42) and 15.4 percent from beyond the arc (2-13).
- The series began in 1976 as Bemidji State took a 48-41 victory. After BSU won its second straight to open the series, MSU went on to win 12 straight games.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a sweep for the first time in three weekends with losses at University of Sioux Falls, 95-47, and Southwest Minnesota State University, 72-51.
- BSU faced its third-lowest shooting performance of the season as USF won the scoring margin in each quarter. Bemidji State shot 29.4 percent (15-51) from the field, 21.1 percent (4-19) from long range and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free throw line.
- Sophomore center Taylor Bray led BSU with 13 points and five rebounds against USF, which included going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Zerr followed in scoring with nine points, all coming in the first half.
- After trailing by three points at halftime against SMSU, BSU was outscored int he second half, 42-24. The Beavers finished the game shooting 31.1 percent (19-61) from the floor, 25.0 percent (4-16) from 3-point range and 90.0 percent (9-10) from the charity stripe. Twelve of BSU’s 34 rebounds came on the offensive side, which were converted into 12 second-chance points.
- Bray led BSU in scoring for the second straight game with 12 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Bachmann led BSU with 10 rebounds to set a career high while adding six points. Freshman guard Trinity Myer was the only other Beavers to reach double-digit scoring with 10 points.
- On the season, Bray leads BSU with 189 total points to average 9.5 per game and also leads shooting 55.8 percent (67-120) from the field. She also paces the team on the boards with 4.9 rebounds per game, followed by Bachmann with 4.3. Myer leads BSU with 2.4 assists per game, which ranks 18th in the NSIC.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- Concordia-St. Paul defeated Northern State University, 71-49, before falling to Minnesota State University Moorhead in overtime, 63-57.
- The Golden Bears were strong defensively during both games, holding the Wolves to 33.3 percent shooting and the Dragons to 29.3 percent shooting from the field.
- CSP recorded its best free throw shooting weekend in NSIC play, going 24-for-31 (77.4%) from the stripe.
- Kyrah Fredenburg set the school record for career rebounds against MSUM with 881 career boards, averaging 13.0 per game over the weekend. Anna Schmitt averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while also accounting for the game-tying layup to force overtime against MSUM.
Scouting Minnesota State
- Minnesota State took its first conference weekend sweep of the season with a 76-70 win over MSU Moorhead and a 54-40 win over Northern State.
- MSU allowed its fewest points in a game Saturday since allowing 29 in 2011.
- The Mavericks held the Dragons to 29.9 percent shooting from the field Friday before forcing 17 turnovers and blocking four shots Saturday against the Wolves.
- Taylor Drost earned NSIC South Division Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 24 points with eight rebounds and two blocks against MSU Moorhead. She averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Brooke Tonsfeldt earned a double-double versus NSU with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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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).