BSU hosts ranked foes in No. 21 Augustana and No. 9 Wayne State
Friday, January 7, 2011
BSU hosts ranked foes in No. 21 Augustana and No. 9 Wayne State


: No. 21 Augustana College (S.D.)
TIME: 2 P.M.
LOCATION: Bemidji, Minn.
ARENA: BSU Gymnasium
LIVE STATS: http://www.bsubeavers.com

OPPONENT: No. 9 Wayne State College (Neb.)
TIME: 2 P.M.
LOCATION: Bemidji, Minn.
ARENA: BSU Gymnasium
LIVE STATS: http://www.bsubeavers.com

Augustana Preview
The No. 21 Augustana Vikings enter Bemidji with a 13-2 mark (5-2 NSIC). The Vikings currently are in third in the NSIC standings. The Vikings are coming off victories over St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul earlier in the week.

Augustana is led by 2010 All-NSIC First Team selection Megan Doyle who comes into the weekend averaging 16.4 points per game. Augustana has four players averaging in doubles figures coming into the weekend including Doyle. In the post, Alex Feeney enters the weekend averaging 14.0 points and 5.9 rebounds. The Vikings are outscoring their opponents by over 20 points per game this season. They are currently holding their foes to under 60 points per game and only a 34.7 field goal percentage.

Series History

Augustana leads the all-time series against Bemidji State 8-1. The Vikings have captured the last eight meetings between the two universities with the Beavers last defeating Augustana in their first meeting on Dec. 10, 1983.

Wayne State Preview
The No. 9 Wayne State Wildcats are 11-1 (8-0 NSIC) entering the weekend. The Wildcats are currently atop the NSIC standings with an unblemished record. Wayne State is coming off two decisive victories over St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul. The Wildcats only loss on the season came in game two to Colorado Christian by one point.

Wayne State is paced by NSIC Preseason Player of the Year Ashley Arlen’s 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Along with Arlen, the team has two other players scorin in double figures with Mara Hjelle averaging 13.2 points per game and Alyssa Fischbach averaging 11.4 points per game. The Wildcats come into the weekend outscoring opponent 71.7 to 55.0 on the season.

Series History
Wayne State leads the series with the Beavers 22-12. The two schools split last year with BSU winning in Bemidji and Wayne State winning in Wayne.

BSU Weekend Preview

It has been a tough road of late for Bemidji State University women’s basketball as they have lost four of their last five games. BSU has been led by multiple players this season with Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) being the most recent Beaver player to lead the team in scoring with 16 against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday. Hebrink’s performance earned her Beaver Pride Athletie of the Week honors.
Despite their shooting woes from the field BSU continues to be strong from the charity stripe as they move up to No. 4 nationally in free throw shooting percentage in the most recent rankings. The Beavers have five players with more than 10 attempts hitting on more than 80 percent of their free throw attempts. Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) leads the way for BSU shooting 84.2 percent from the charity stripe.

BSU Ranked In Top 10 Nationally For Free Throws

The BSU women’s basketball currently ranks fourth nationally shooting free throws at a 79.1 percent clip as a team. The Beavers have five players with more than 10 attempts shooting above 80 percent from the line led by Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) at 84.9 percent. Wessling is currently ranked 71st nationally in free throw shooting percentange. Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.), who has missed the last three games due to injury. is also ranked nationally in free throw shooting percentage (79th). Baldwin is shooting 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week

BSU has had three players honored as the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week so far this season. Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) joined Colleen McKay (Sr., C. Barnum, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) following a 16 point game against Minnesota Duluth last Tuesday.

BSU Against Ranked Foes

Bemidji State played their first game against a ranked foe when they faced No. 19 California University (Pa.). The Beavers came up just short of an upset against the Vulcans as they were within two points with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game. BSU is 3-13 in the Curfman era against ranked foes. Last season they upended defending NCAA Champion Minnesota State, ranked No. 11 at the time. The Beavers will face their second and third ranked opponents of the season when they take on No. 9 Wayne State and No. 21 Augustana this weekend.

Lee Beginning to Make Impact

The daughter of Bemidji State men’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer David Lee, Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) is beginning to make more and more of an impact for the Beavers as her freshman season progresses. Lee has seen an increased amount of playing time over the last few games for the Beavers. She has played 20 minutes in two of the last three games. In her last game out Lee tallied a career-high 15 points on six of shooting from the field against Minnesota Duluth. The output was Lee’s first double-figure scoring outing for BSU. Lee still has a ways to go to reach the level her father once was at as a Beaver men’s basketball player. David Lee had 2,034 career points. His daughter Morgan still needs 1,973 points to surpass her father’s outputs.

Projected Starters
Bemidji State
PG 22 Melissa Borstner, Fr., 5-6, East Bethel, Minn.,
SG 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn.
3G 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn.
PF 54 Jessie Althoff, So., 6-1, Becker, Minn.
C 45 Colleen McKay, Sr., 6-0, Barnum, Minn.

G/F 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn.
G 5 Samantha Baldwin, Jr., 5-7, St. Thomas, N.D.
G 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis.
F 11 Alicia Underwood, Fr., 5-10, Colton, S.D.
G 21 Shannon Thompson, So., 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.
F 23 Taylor Davis, Jr., 5-11, Crookston, Minn.
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn.

Projected Starters (Opponents)

PG 24 Molly Hayes, Jr., 5-6, Harrisburg, S.D.
SG 32 Megan Doyle, Sr., 5-8, Alexandria, S.D.
3G 15 Tessa Wilka, Sr., 5-11, Sioux Falls, S.D.
SF 35 Kristi Board, Sr., 5-10, Doland, S.D.
PF 44 Alex Feeney, So., 6-0, Bismarck, N.D.

Wayne State

PG 3/12 Ali Schwartzwald, Jr., 5-8, Bethel, Minn.
SG 11 Claire Duwelius, Jr., 5-10, Des Moines, Iowa
SF 20 Alyssa Fischbach, Sr., 5-11, Mellette, S.D.
PF 31 Ashley Arlen, Jr., 6-2, Cascade, Iowa
C 54 Mara Hjelle, Sr., 6-2, White Bear Lake, Minn.