BSU wraps up season on the road against Upper Iowa and Winona State
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
BSU wraps up season on the road against Upper Iowa and Winona State
Setting The Scene
Location: Fayette, Iowa
Opponent: Upper Iowa University
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: Dorman Gymnasium
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Location: Winona, Minn.
Opponent: Winona State University
Time: 5 p.m.
Arena: McCown Gymnasium
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Upper Iowa Preview
Upper Iowa enters play this weekend with a 1-23 (1-19 NSIC) mark. The Peacocks are on a 15-game losing streak after picking up their only win of the season on Dec. 18 over Southwest Minnesota State in Fayette. Upper Iowa suffered losses to MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston on the road last weekend.

Lana Otting leads the Peacocks with 10.4 points per game. The guard comes into Friday shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. Otting tallied 11 points, six rebounds and six assists against BSU in Bemidji when the two team’s first met. Heidi McKean comes into the weekend as the team’s leading rebounder averaging 6.1 boards per game.
Series History
BSU leads the all-time series over Upper Iowa 8-3. The Beavers have won the last two meetings over the Peacocks. Upper Iowa last defeated Bemidji State 83-70 o nDec, 13m 2008 in Bemidji.

Winona State Preview
Winona State enters play this weekend with a 16-8 (12-8 NSIC) mark and currently find themselves in a tie for fourth place with Minnesota Duluth, who they will meet on Friday, in the NSIC standings. The Warriors are two games back of Northern State and Concordia-St. Paul for a tie for second place.

Six-foot forward Michelle McDonald paces the Warriors on offense with 15.2 points per game. McDonald comes into the weekend as the team’s leading rebounder with 7.2 rebounds per game. Forward Natalie Gigler and guard Katie Wolff are also averaging in double figures this season. Gigler is averaging 13.2 points per game and Wolff is averaging 12.2 points per game. Winona State is the best free throw shooting team in the conference (77.6 percent) and the third-best three-point shooting team in the league (36.8 percent). Wolff leads the Warriors in both categories shooting 95.0 percent from the charity stripe and 44.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Series History
BSU leads the all-time series 38-29 over Winona State. The Warriors have captured the last two meetings from the Beavers. BSU last defeated Winona State on Dec. 12, 2009 in Winona.

BSU Weekend Preview

The Bemidji State women’s basketball team snapped a 10-game losing streak last Friday with a late victory over Southwest Minnesota State University guided by Shannon Thompson’s (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) five points in the final minute. The Beavers looked for the same heroics on Saturday against Minnesota State but came up just short. Thompson looked to be the hero again after hitting a three-point shot with eight seconds left to tie the game but MSU hit the game-winner with just 0.3 seconds left on the clock to come away with the victory.

BSU enters play on Friday with a 6-18 (3-17 mark) and are currently in 13th place in the NSIC standings. The Beavers have been led by Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) lately. Hebrink averaged 16.0 points in two games last weekend. Hebrink comes into the game averaging 8.8 points per game. Fellow senior Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) is the team’s leading scorer on the season averaing 9.4 points per game.

BSU Ranked In Top 25 Nationally For Free Throws

The BSU women’s basketball jumped to No. 21 this week after being ranked24th a week prior in free-throw percentage according to the NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II. The Beavers shot 40-of-48 for 83.3 percent last weekend against MSU and SMSU. BSU has been ranked in the top 25 nationally for free-throw percentage for the entire season.

Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week

BSU has had four players honored as the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week so far this season. Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) earned the first honor of her career after playing a pivotal role down the stretch in BSU’s last second win over SMSU. 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.

Late-Game Heroics

Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) emerged for BSU as the hero in two games last weekend. With 30 seconds left and down two on Friday, Thompson took a Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) steal the length of the court and converted a layup and added one from the free throw line to give BSU the lead. Thompson was clutch from the free throw line down the stretch as BSU got the victory over SMSU.

On Saturday, Thompson hit the game-tying shot with eight seconds left when she dropped back beyond the arc and sank a three-pointer. Her heroics on the weekend earned her a selection as the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week.

From The Soccer Pitch to the Basketball Court

Tiffany Van Haaften, a starter for the BSU women’s soccer team, played a career-high 13 minutes against MSU Moorhead and has been credited with being the guiding force in BSU’s comeback from 20 down in the first half against the Dragons. Van Haaften and the Beavers were able to cut MSU Moorhead’s lead down to six in the second half starting with a 9-1 run to end the first half. The run started with a putback by Van Haaften, who exhibited a high work effort in order to come away with two steals and a rebound in her 13 minutes of play. BSU outscored the Dragons 18-9 when Van Haaften was in the game on Saturday.

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 eight different players lead the team in scoring and eight different players lead the team on the glass this season. Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) has led the way in scoring seven different times this season, which marks the most for any BSU player.

BSU Against Ranked Foes

Bemidji State has played some of their best games this season against teams ranked in the top 25. On Nov. 19 at the Maverick Classic in Mankato, Minn., the Beavers came within two points in the waning seconds against No. 19 California University (Pa.) but ultimately came short. Then last Saturday the Beavers followed up their early season performance with an upset of No. 21 Augustana College. The win is the first victory for BSU over a ranked opponent since upended defending National Champion Minnesota State University, ranked No. 11 at the time, on Dec. 19, 2009. BSU struggled in their last ranked game on Sunday as they fell to conference-leading Wayne State College, ranked No. 9 in the country.

New Year Brings Big Numbers For Lee

The new year has seen an improved Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.). Lee is averaging 8.8 points per game since the turn of the calendar year. She has tallied six double-figure scoring performances. Prior to 2011, Lee had been averaging 4.9 points per game and was held to no double-figure scoring outings. Lee is averaging 10.8 points per game in her last eight games.

Road Woes

Bemidji State has lost their last 14 games on the road dating back to Jan. 29, 2010 when they defeated Minnesota State at the Taylor Center, 71-69. The Beavers are 0-9 in road games this year losing their last two to MSU Moorhead and UM, Crookston. The Beavers will have two more chances to end the streak this season as they have road trips against Upper Iowa and Winona State to end the season.

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 146. Epema needs 23 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.  146 Sydney Epema    2008-Pr

Projected Starters
Bemidji State
PG 22 Melissa Borstner, Fr., 5-6, East Bethel, Minn.
SG 10 Morgan Lee, Fr., 5-7, Hayward, Wis.
3G 20 Anna Hebrink, Sr., 5-8, Austin, Minn.
PF 45 Colleen McKay, Sr., 6-0, Barnum, Minn.
C 51 Kate Warmack, Fr., 6-2, East Grand Forks, Minn.

G 21 Shannon Thompson, So. 5-7, Rosemount, Minn.
G/F 2 Ellie Wessling, Fr., 5-10, Winsted, Minn.
G 24 Sydney Epema, Jr., 5-8, Crookston, Minn.
G 5 Samantha Baldwin, Jr., 5-7, St. Thomas, N.D.
F 23 Taylor Davis, Jr., 5-11, Crookston, Minn.
G 25 Tiffany Van Haaften, Fr., 5-8, Chaska, Minn.

Projected Starters (Opponents)

Upper Iowa
PG 5 Chelsea Garcia, 5-9, So., Minnetonka, Minn.
SG 21 Heidi McKean, 5-8, Jr., Cissna Park, Ill.
3G 15 Jennifer Herrick, 5-8, So., Fond du Lac, Wis.
SF 30 Jeri Jacobson, 5-8, Jr., Riverton, Wyo.
PF 32 Cassandra Deiters, 6-3, Sr., Breese, Ill.

Winona State
PG 13 Katie Wolff, 5-6, So., Marshfield, Wis.
SG 12 Afton Glander, 5-4, Sr., Alma, Wis.
3G 10 Marieanna Dulas, 5-9, So., Markesan, Wis.
SF 21 Natalie Gigler, 6-0, Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.
PF 44 Michelle McDonald, 6-0, Jr., Johnsburg, Ill.