Bemidji State to open conference play against MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston this weekend
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Bemidji State to open conference play against MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston this weekend




Location: BSU Gymnasium

Time: 6 p.m.

Opponent: Minnesota State University Moorhead


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Location: BSU Gymnasium

Time: 4 p.m.

Opponent: University of Minnesota, Crookston


Radio: Talk Radio 1360 AM (Mark Ricci, Play by Play)

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MSU Moorhead Preview

Friday’s meeting with Minnesota State University Moorhead will mark the conference opener for the Beavers. BSU will try to end a four game losing streak to MSU Moorhead. The Beavers forced two overtimes last season with the Dragons but ultimately fell short of the W.

MSU Moorhead is led by the conference’s leading scorer to date, Angie Jetvig. The 6-2 junior is averaging 20.7 points and 11.3 rebounds through three games for the Dragons. Aside from Jetvig, the only MSUM player averaging in double figures is sophomore guard Marisa Yernatich. She comes into Friday averaging 11.3 points per game and is shooting .400 from beyond the arc. The Dragons last played on Nov. 23. They upened a common opponent of BSU in Mayville State University, 98-72. MSUM, currently boasting a record of 2-1, suffered their only loss of the season to Southern Indiana University in the season opener 61-57.

Series History

BSU is 2-9 in their last 11 meeting with MSU Moorhead. The Dragons have captured the last four games from the Beavers. BSU last won on Feb. 2, 2008.

Minnesota, Crookston Preview

The University of Minnesota, Crookston women’s basketball team comes into Bemidji with a 2-1 mark on the season. UMC won both contests against BSU last season. The Golden Eagles have used a balanced scoring effort so far this season.

Three UMC players are averaging over 16.0 points per game. Brittani Wiese leads the way for the Golden Eagles with 18.0 points per game. Jamie Zelinsky is averaging 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Bri Zabel has put up 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Minnesota, Crookston won their first two games this season before falling to Barry University on Nov. 24 71-61. UMC’s two victories came against Finlandia University and Mayville State University.

Series History

BSU is 3-3 against Minnesota, Crookston over the last three seasons. The Beavers last defeated the Golden Eagles on 78-76 on Valentine’s Day in 2009.

BSU Weekend Preview

The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team comes into the conference opening weekend with a 2-1 record after picking up victories against Mayville State University and Grand View University. The Beavers’ only loss came in a narrow loss to No. 19 California University (Pa.).

BSU has been led in their first three games by a pair of freshmen. Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) comes into the MSU Moorhead game averaging a team-high 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. Wessling tallied her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to California (Pa.). Fellow freshman Melissa Borstner (G, East Bethel, Minn.) enters the weekend averaging 13.7 points per game. Junior guard Samantha Baldwin (St. Thomas, N.D.) has also shown a level of consistency through the first three contests averaging 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Newcomers Shine

The newcomers of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team exploded onto the scene in their first three games as Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) and Melissa Borstner (Fr., G, East Bethel, Minn.) are currently BSU’s two leading scorers averaging 14.0 points and 13.7 points, respectively. Wessling is also the team’s leading rebounder averaging 9.0 boards per contest.

In addition to Wessling and Borstner’s performance, Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) and Kate Warmack (Fr., C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) have also seen action for BSU. Lee enters the weekend averaging 4.0 points in 8.7 minutes per game. Warmack is averaging 1.3 rebounds in nearly five minutes per game.

Conference Home Openers

Bemidji State is 3-2 in conference home openers under Mike Curfman. Last season the Beavers lost a double overtime thriller to MSU Moorhead to open the conference season at BSU Gymnasium. BSU last picked up a conference home opener win on Nov. 30, 2007 when they defeated SMSU, 77-70.

Projected Starters
Bemidji State
PG 22 Melissa Borstner, Fr., 5-6, East Bethel, Minn.
SG 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn.
3G 5 Samantha Baldwin, Jr., 5-7, St. Thomas, N.D.
SF 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn.
PF 54 Jessie Althoff, So., 6-1, Becker, Minn.

MSU Moorhead
PG 22 Haley Thomforde, Fr., 5-8, Apple Valley, Minn.
SG 21 Betsy Dickson, Sr., 5-9, Gilby, N.D.
3G 15 Marisa Yernatich, So., 5-10, Duluth, Minn.
SF 34 Katey Wrobel, Fr., 6-2, Fairchild, Wis.
PF 40 Angie Jetvig, Jr., 6-2, Hawley, Minn.

UM, Crookston
PG 5 Annessa Hicks, Fr., 5-2, St. Paul, Minn.
SG 15 Jamie Zelinsky, Sr., 5-11, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
3G 4 Brittani Wiese, So., 5-7, Albertville, Minn.
SF 21 Bri Zabel, Sr., 6-0, Northfield, Minn.
PF 23 Laurie Tyson, So., 6-1, Rosemount, Minn.