BSU men’s hoops No. 3 nationally in free throws; women ranked fourth
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
BSU men’s hoops No. 3 nationally in free throws; women ranked fourth
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State basketball squads continued its dominance on the free throw line in the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II released Jan. 2. Despite the men’s team drop of three percent they moved to No. 3 in the nation after holding the No. 1 spot in the last summary. The women upped its ranking to No. 4 from the sixth spot. The high marks from the Beavers place them as the only men’s and women’s pair in the top four in free throw shooting.

The Beaver men (6-5, 3-4 NSIC) own a 80.4 mark from the line this season, while the women (4-7, 1-6 NSIC) have a 79.1 average. Junior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) is leading the men’s team in the category with a 86.7 percentage, which ranks 59th in the nation. Junior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) is shooting 84.9 percent from the line, sitting 78th. On the women’s side, freshman Ellie Wessling (F, Winsted, Minn.) is 71st with a 84.2 percent mark. Junior guard Samantha Baldwin (St. Thomas, N.D.) is shooting 83.3 percent from the line and is 79th.

Leading the country on the men’s side is Kentucky Wesleyan with an 81.2 mark and the women’s national leader is Lake Superior State at a 81.5 clip.

The men’s and women’s teams host Augustana College Jan. 8 at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).