BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball will play its final weekend of the regular season Feb. 21-22 at BSU Gymnasium versus St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers begin the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the Huskies before BSU honors its lone senior at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the Bulldogs.
vs St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 43-17.
- SCSU has won five straight in the series with BSU’s most recent win coming on Dec. 2, 2017, 52-51. The Huskies won the first meeting of the 2019-20 series, 65-53, in St. Cloud, Minn.
- Sophomore guard Trinity Myer led BSU with 14 points and six assists while freshman center Rachael Heittola recorded 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe also grabbed seven rebounds.
- The series began in 1969, a win by Bemidji State. The Beavers won five of the first six games of the series.
vs Minot State
- Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 74-30.
- UMD has won five consecutive games in the series and 22 of the last 23, with BSU’s most recent win coming on Jan. 7, 2017 in Bemidji, 60-57. The Bulldogs took down the Beavers, 62-41, during the first game of the 2019-20 season series.
- All 10 Beavers who played in the game were held below 10 points. Junior guard Sydney Zerr led the team with nine points. Junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann, junior center Taylor Bray and Heittola led the Beavers with six rebounds each.
- The series began in 1968, a win by Bemidji State. The Beavers won 13 consecutive games between 1971 and 1977.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State snapped an eight-game losing streak as part of a split last weekend, falling to the University of Mary 72-60 and beating Minot State University, 83-54. The Beavers enter the final weekend of the regular season 5-15 in conference play and will be either the No. 6 or 7 seed in the NSIC North Division during the conference postseason tournament.
- BSU led through the entirety of the first half against UMary, including a 35-26 lead at halftime after holding its opponent scoreless over the final 5:25 of the second quarter. The Beavers took a game-high 15-point, 43-28 lead early in the second half but allowed the Marauders to take a lead into the fourth quarter following a 25-7 run. BSU shot just 25.0 percent from the field, 14.3 percent from long range and 50.0 percent from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
- Bemidji State rode a record-breaking 3-point performance to its largest win in conference play since the 2007-08 season. The Beavers sank 15 3-pointers through the game, including five in the second quarter and six in the fourth, and led by double-digits through the majority of play.
- With its win over Minot State, Bemidji State earned its most wins overall and in conference play since head coach Chelsea DeVille took over the program in 2015-16.
- Heittola was the only Beaver to average double-digit scoring with 12.0 points per game off the bench. Myer scored a team-high 15 points in Friday’s loss to UMary to go along with a team-best five assists. Heittola scored 15 points against Minot State to lead the team while Bray followed with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Bachmann added 12 points with a career-high eight assists and eight rebounds against Minot State.
- Guard Erica Gartner will be honored during Saturday’s game as the team’s lone senior. She has played in 103 games during her career while knocking down 33.3 percent from beyond the arc on 87 total 3-point field goals.
- Myer ranks 12th in the NSIC with 13.5 points per game, fifth with 4.0 assists per game and tied for fifth with 1.7 steals per game. Wolhowe ranks among the top 10 nationally and leads the NSIC shooting 48.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State has now won 16 of its last 18 games after earning a weekend sweep over Minnesota State University Moorhead, 80-74, and Northern State University, 69-64, in St. Cloud, Minn.
- The Huskies defense ranks among the top half of the NSIC, coming in third with 61.3 points allowed per game, fourth allowing 39.2 percent shooting from the field and fourth allowing 32.8 rebounds per game to opponents. Offensively, SCSU ranks third shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and fourth shooting 43.5 percent from the floor.
- Junior guard Tori Wortz leads the team and ranks 14th in the league with 13.1 points per game while junior forward Nikki Kilboten ranks fifth shooting 48.5 percent from the field and seventh with 7.7 rebounds per game.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth earned wins over Northern State, 65-54, and MSU Moorhead, 70-47, to enter the weekend with the league’s best conference record of 18-2.
- The Bulldogs lead the NSIC defensive with 59.2 points allowed per game and rank second allowing 38.6 percent shooting from the floor and 30.1 percent from long range.
- Sophomore forward Brooke Olson ranks fifth in the league with 15.7 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the field, which ranks third. She also leads the team and ranks 13th in the NSIC with 6.6 rebounds per game.
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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).