Beavers return home for tilts with U-Mary and Northern State
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Beavers return home for tilts with U-Mary and Northern State
Bemidji, Minn.

Setting The Scene
Opponent: University of Mary
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: BSU Gymnasium
Live Stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com
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Opponent: Northern State University
Time: 4 p.m.
Arena: BSU Gymnasium
Live Stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com
Live Video: NMTV

U-Mary Preview
The Marauders come into the weekend with a 9-8 mark (6-7 NSIC). U-Mary is currently in a tie for eighth in the NSIC standings. Sophomore  guard Ali Collins leads the way for the Marauders in scoring with 10.1 points per game. The Marauders played their travel partner Northern State last weekend falling in a hard-fought game 60-57 to the Wolves. U-Mary comes into the weekend as the third-highest scoring team in the NSIC averaging 74.8 points per game.

The Marauders had three players score in double figures when they last faced Bemidji State on Dec. 18 in Bismarck, N.D. Rachel Zillmer paced U-Mary in scoring with 15 points and added seven rebounds. Collins added 13 points and nine boards while Shaunna Knife had 14 points.

Series History
U-Mary leads the all-time series 7-2 against BSU. The Marauders captured the win earlier this season on Dec. 18 with a 72-50 victory. The Beavers captured the victory 71-61 last season.

Northern State Preview
The Wolves enter the weekend with a 12-5 record (8-4 NSIC). Northern State is currently second in the NSIC standings behind No. 7 Wayne State. Jodi Reinschmidt leads the way for the Northern State offense with a 15.5 points per game scoring average. Along with Reinschmidt, three other Wolves are averaging double-figures including 6-6 post Krista Rabenberg who comes in averaging 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Northern State is coming off a victory over travel partner U-Mary 60-57 last weekend.

Mikayla Barondeau paced the Wolves in the last meeting between the two foes in December. Barondeau has missed the last three games for Northern State. Barondeau had a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards against the Beavers. Point guard Emily Becken also scored in double figures with 14 points.

Series History
Bemidji State has lost their last four meetings with Northern State including a 64-41 loss earlier this season in Aberdeen. BSU last defeated the Wolves 77-65 on Jan. 11, 2008 in Bemidji.

BSU Weekend Preview

The BSU women’s basketball team suffered two tough losses on the road last weekend as they stretched their road losing streak to 10 games. The Beavers will look to snap the skid against Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State over the weekend.

Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) continues to lead BSU during the conference season. McKay is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 11 conference games this season. In addition, Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) is coming off a strong weekend where she averaged 12.5 points in two games. Althoff is averaging 8.9 points in 11 conference games.

BSU Ranked In Top 25 Nationally For Free Throws

The BSU women’s basketball moved up to No. 21 nationally this week in free-throw percentage according to the NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II. The Beavers had been No. 4 nationally earlier this season but their struggles from the charity stripe against No. 21 Augustana College led to a fall in the overall free-throw rankings.

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. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) earned her second honor of the season after averaging 16 points and nine rebounds as the Beavers split with No. 21 Augustana and No. 9 Wayne State. McKay along with Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) are the three Beaver players to be honored this season.

Hang On!

Bemidji State has run into troubles this season when it can’t hold onto the ball. In the Beavers’ eight games this season in which they had 20 turnovers or more they have only come away with one victory and have been dealt seven losses. BSU has struggled even more to maintain control of the basketball in the new year as they are averaing 21.2 turnovers per game in 2011 and are 1-6 so far in the new year with their only victory coming in an upset victory over ranked foe Augustana College.

Scoring Options

BSU has a lot of players on the roster this season with the capability to score double-figures. That can be a good or bad thing as the Beavers have found inconsistency to be a problem this season. BSU has had seven different players lead the team in scoring and six different players lead the team on the glass this season. Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.), Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) and Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) have each led BSU in scoring four times this season.

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. Lee tallied a career-high 15 points on six of shooting from the field against Minnesota Duluth and also added 11 points in BSU’s upset of No. 21 Augustana. The two scoring performances served as Lee’s first double-figure scoring outings for BSU. She followed those up by leading the Beavers in scoring with 13 points on the road against Southwest Minnesota State. 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 1,951 points to surpass her father’s outputs.

Road Woes

Bemidji State has lost their last 12 games on the road dating back to Jan. 29, 2010 when they defeated Minnesota State at the Taylor Center, 71-69. The Beavers are 0-7 in road games this year losing their last two to Concordia, St. Paul and St. Cloud State on the road. The Beavers will have four more chances to end the streak this season as they have road trips against MSU Moorhead, UM-Crookston, Winona State and Upper Iowa remaining on the schedule.

Epema Watch

Sydney Epema
(Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) has shown her prowess from beyond the arc through two-and-a-half seasons in Bemidji as she currently ranks fifth all-time for career threes with 144. Epema needs 25 threes to surpass Kris DeMaris in fourth place. Epema had 56 made three-pointers as a sophomore after tallying 73 as a freshman. Her 73 made three-pointers still ranks third all-time for most made threes in a season.

Top Career Three Pointers Made
No.    Made.    Player    Season
1.    244    Erin Walker    1997-00
2.    213    Maggie Gernbacher    2003-06
3.    212    Holly Logghe    1992-96
4.    168    Kris DeMaris    1987-91
5.    143    Sydney Epema    2008-Pr


The BSU Beavers pulled off the upset of No. 21 Augustana College 79-78 on Jan. 8 in Bemidji. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) and Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) led the Beavers over the Vikings with 18 points apiece in what was a game where the BSU team was led by a balanced attack where both outside and inside games converged to give the Beavers a victory. Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) and Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) each scored in double figures as well with 11 points.


PG 22 Ali Collins, So., 5-9. Mandan, N.D.
SG 2 Kayla Schmidt, Jr., 5-9, Beulah, N.D.
3G 30 Laura Peterson, So., 5-10, Osseo, Wis.
SF 23 Shaunna Knife, So., 5-11, Bottineau, N.D.
PF 32 Rachel Zillmer, Sr., 6-0, Foley, Minn.

Northern State
PG 10 Emily Becken, Jr., 5-7, Lino Lakes, Minn.
SG 32 Alison Kusler, Fr., 5-9. Aberdeen, S.D.
SF 31 Brittany Euerle, Jr., 6-0, Litchfield, Minn.
PF 40 Jodi Reinschmidt, Sr., 5-11, St. Michael, Minn.
C 50 Krista Rabenberg, Sr., 6-6, Mobridge, S.D.

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.
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 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn.
G 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis.
G 21 Shannon Thompson, So., 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.
F 23 Taylor Davis, Jr., 5-11, Crookston, Minn.
G 25 Tiffany Van Haaften, Fr., 5-8, Chaska, Minn.
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn.