Men’s basketball drops to No. 7 nationally in free throw percentage
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Men’s basketball drops to No. 7 nationally in free throw percentage
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State basketball squads slipped in the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II released Jan. 9. The men’s team fell from the No. 3 spot to No. 7, while the women fell out of the top 10 and sit No. 22.

The Beaver men (7-6, 4-5 NSIC) own a 78.1 mark from the line this season. Sophomore Lance Rongstad (F, Eleva, Wis.) leads the team and ranks 41st in the nation with a 87.9 percentage. Senior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) has a 81.8 percentage that sits 135th (500 ranked). Juniors James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) and Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) are shooting 81.7 percent from the line, sitting 136th.

The women (5-8, 2-7 NSIC) shot 65.7 percent over the weekend to lower their free throw percentage to 75.9. Freshman Ellie Wessling (F, Winsted, Minn.) is shooting free throws at a 82.6 clip to lead the team and sit 79th in the country.

Leading the country on the men’s side is Nebraska-Kearney with an 81.1 mark and the women’s national leader is Lake Superior State at a 79.4 clip.

The men’s and women’s teams travel to St. Cloud State and Concordia University Jan. 14-15, respectively.

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