Men's basketball falls to No. 3 in free throw rankings
Monday, February 14, 2011
Men's basketball falls to No. 3 in free throw rankings
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s basketball team dropped a spot to No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage according to the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Feb. 13). The Beavers shot 80.6 percent (54-of-67) from the charity stripe in games against University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead. On Friday against the Golden Eagles, the Beavers made a school and conference record 40 free throws. The BSU women’s basketball team dropped nine spots to No. 24 in the free throw rankings.

The Beaver men (8-14, 5-13 NSIC) are shooting 79.8 percent from the charity stripe this season. Five hundred student-athletes are nationally ranked in the individual category of free throw percentage and BSU has five players in the top 400. Sophomore Lance Rongstad (F, Eleva, Wis.) leads the team and ranks 15th in the nation, shooting 89.4 percent (84-of-94). Rongstad was 18-of-20 from the charity stripe on Friday against Minnesota, Crookston. Rongstad’s 18 made free throws marked a program high and his 20 attempts tied the school record.

The women (5-17, 2-16 NSIC) are currently 75.0 percent from the line after shooting 69.0 (20-of-29) percent against Minnesota, Crookston and MSU Moorhead last weekend. No BSU women’s basketball player has enough makes (2.5 per game) to earn a spot among the top individual free throw shooters in the nation. Five Beaver players currently boast a free throw percentage above the 80 percent mark led by Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Minn.) who has connected on 28-of-34 free throws to shoot at a 82.4 percent clip.

Leading the country on the men’s side is University of Findlay (Ohio) with an 80.2 percent mark from the charity stripe. Ashland University (Ohio) leads the country on the women’s side with a 77.7 free throw percentage.

The men’s and women’s teams host Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday and Saturday at BSU Gymnasium. On Friday the women’s basketball team will host their “WBCA Pink Zone” game to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Saturday will mark senior day for two BSU women’s basketball players (Anna Hebrink and Colleen McKay) and one BSU men’s basketball player (Patrick Cassidy). The weekend will also serve as Hall of Fame weekend at the university.

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

                            -- bsu --